Best used 2014-2020 Mercedes GLA Class PCP finance deals

Like the look of the Mercedes GLA but want more car for your money? Find the best deals available on this upmarket compact SUV now

Chris Rosamond
Nov 22, 2021

There’s loads of choice when it comes to compact high-riding off-roader style hatchbacks, but one of the most desirable is the Mercedes GLA, which first burst onto the scene in 2013. The combination of a posh badge and competitive new prices meant the GLA was an instant hit, and that’s great news for anyone looking for a used Mercedes GLA bargain, as there are plenty of used versions to choose from.

If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right place because here at BuyaCar we have loads of used Mercedes GLAs to choose from, with prices starting at £12,490. If you prefer paying with the lowest possible monthly payments to having to stump up the cash upfront, BuyaCar could get you behind the wheel of a GLA for as little as £256* per month on PCP finance.

That’s great value considering the second-generation GLA wasn’t launched until 2020, so even older first-generation cars look relatively current. We have appealing used deals on newer GLAs too, of course, so whatever takes your fancy, click on the button above to look at the GLAs available now - all of which we can deliver to your door - or scroll down to work out the best type of GLA for you.

The Mercedes GLA is based on Mercedes’ Volkswagen Golf-rivalling A-Class hatchback, but while it takes up barely any more space on the road than the standard family hatchback, it does have a lot more presence thanks to its chunky looks and raised ride height.

Having said that, the previous-generation GLA is only 6cm taller than its A-Class hatchback siblings, so it’s not as tall as many rivals. The raised height is enough to give drivers some improved forward vision when driving but the overall dimensions mean it’s no harder to get to grips with driving the GLA than an equivalent hatchback.

The GLA is a purely road-focussed vehicle in spite of its off-road styling cues, though there are versions of the GLA available with four-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive '4MATIC' versions simply offer the reassurance of extra grip on wet, snowy or muddy roads, however, rather than enabling the car to head onto more challenging terrain.

As you may expect from a Mercedes model line, the GLA comes with plenty of engine, gearbox and specification choices. In fact, the GLA mirrors much of what’s available in the regular Mercedes A-Class line-up, so that means used buyers get a choice of 136hp 200d and 170hp 220d diesels that are both versions of the same 2.1-litre four-cylinder engine, plus the GLA 200 which has a 156hp 1.6-litre petrol engine and the 2.0-litre, 211hp petrol GLA 250.

Those after a sportier machine can drool over the high-performance 381hp GLA 45 AMG edition too, but this manic performer sells in far fewer numbers than mainstream models so there are relatively few used examples around. If you want a relatively small car that offers a raised driving position and seriously fast acceleration, though, it could be perfect for you.

The lower-powered versions of the GLA have manual six-speed gearboxes as standard, but there aren’t many GLAs about with manual gears. Many new buyers chose to upgrade to the seven-speed automatic gearbox that’s standard on the 220d, the 250 petrol and the 45 AMG. The automatic gearbox is fitted to all 4Matic-equipped four-wheel-drive GLA models, too.

If you’re looking at a GLA you’ll probably also be interested in the Mercedes SUV’s rivals, and because it’s such a fashionable type of car, there are lots of options. At the more upmarket end, you have direct GLA rivals like the BMW X2, Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque, though the higher quality end of rivals from more mainstream brands like the Mazda CX-5, Seat Ateca and Peugeot 3008 demonstrate the range of alluring options.

Fortunately, BuyaCar has bags of choice right across the board, and you can use our advanced search options to seek out the perfect SUV or crossover whether you’re looking for a nearly new car or an older used model from all the major manufacturers. Meanwhile, read on for an insight into some of the best used Mercedes GLA deals we have to offer and to browse our extensive listings.

Best Mercedes GLA Class deals

Which Mercedes GLA deal is best for you?

There’s only one five-door body style available in the Mercedes GLA Class lineup, and it’s relatively roomy with plenty of space for passengers and their luggage. Three adults on the back seat will be a squeeze though, and more traditionally boxy SUVs are typically a bit more spacious.

Assuming you’re not in the market for the extremely high-performance AMG 45 version, that just leaves you with engine, gearbox and trim level choices.

Diesel examples outnumber petrol GLAs, and although diesels have become unfashionable in recent times, diesel power does make lots of sense for drivers looking to cut their fuel costs. In fact, you can expect up to 55mpg from a reasonably carefully driven diesel GLA, which is good for a car of this type.

With most having auto transmissions, the diesels are relaxing to drive too, although not the quietest or smoothest engines around. Petrol engines are smoother but less frugal, so make the most sense if you don’t drive many miles. In fact, the GLA diesels were discontinued in early 2019 when the petrol range was extended with the addition of a new entry-level GLA 180 model, so if you're looking at newer models, petrol is your only choice.

Whether you should choose an all-wheel-drive 4MATIC GLA depends on whether you spend much time in the country, as two-wheel drive is perfectly adequate for drivers who spend most of their time in urban areas or on bigger roads. As there is a near-even split of two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models on BuyaCar both should be easy to find. Read on for trim level info, and to check out our Mercedes GLA deals:

Mercedes GLA SE deals

The entry-level GLA trim grade is called SE, and the cars left the factory with 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and air-conditioning. There’s an eight-inch media system on top of the dash for entertainment functions.

However, bear in mind that there's no sat-nav unless the car was upgraded with one of the numerous option packs Mercedes made available. You'll want to check the specification of any specific SE model you're considering carefully, therefore, to ensure you have the features you need.

Mercedes GLA SE
Used Mercedes GLA SE

BuyaCar prices from £14,000
Monthly finance from £0*

Mercedes GLA Sport deals

The GLA Sport model was kitted out with a series of visual upgrades over SE models including larger alloy wheels, roof rails and tinted windows, while additional creature comforts included automatic wipers and climate control as an upgrade to the SE’s manual air-conditioning.

Mercedes GLA Sport
Used Mercedes GLA Sport

BuyaCar prices from £16,495
Monthly finance from £0*

Mercedes GLA AMG Line deals

The range-topping GLA AMG Line specification brings a bit of extra opulence with a comprehensive spec including leather sports seats and stainless steel pedals inside, while the exterior gets big 19-inch wheels with run-flat tyres.

Again, you’ll need to check any prospective purchase’s individual specification to see which additional extras have been fitted to the car. It’s also worth remembering the bigger wheels may look great, but the GLA rides most comfortably on the 17-inch rims that come as part of the standard SE trim. Therefore, if comfort is a high priority for you, you might want to prioritise this specification in your search.

Mercedes GLA AMG Line
Used Mercedes GLA AMG Line

BuyaCar prices from £12,490
Monthly finance from £0*

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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