Mercedes GLA (2014 - present)

It’s stylish and hi-tech but the Mercedes GLA mini-SUV doesn’t come cheap

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Distinctive styling
Luxurious interior
Comfortable ride

Weaknesses 

Expensive
Diesel engines can be noisy under acceleration
Limited off-road ability
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With its sculpted shape, chunky bodywork and jewel-style lights the Mercedes GLA looks chic but ready for anything that the roads might throw at it, whatever the weather.

It’s the company’s smallest crossover car, which combines the efficiency and comfort of the A-Class hatchback with the higher driving position and increased practicality of a taller vehicle.

Unlike some crossovers, the GLA hasn’t been raised by an enormous amount, so it’s less imposing than alternatives such as the Audi Q2, BMW X1 and Mini Countryman. But this means that it looks and feels similar to the Mercedes A-Class hatchback that it’s based on, and which is also cheaper.

The more powerful GLAs also have a similar price to the much larger Mercedes GLC.This is a proper sports utility vehicle (SUV) designed to go off road, and appears to be much better value for money in comparison.

To add more price confusion, BMW X1, Audi Q2 and a larger Audi Q3 are all cheaper than the GLA.

In the end, it comes down to style. Mercedes knows that there are enough people willing to pay the price for the GLA’s luxurious looks. For others, generous Mercedes GLA deals, offering 15% off will help boost sales.

Four-wheel drive is standard on all but the cheapest GLA Sport model. This provides greater control in slippery conditions, and the ability to tackle rougher terrain on the off-chance that the GLA is taken off road - although it’s at risk of getting stuck in really tough conditions because it’s not as tall as a proper SUV.

Thanks to fat tyres and soft suspension, the GLA is more comfortable and smooth over bumps than the standard A-Class, as well as the Audi Q2 and BMW X1, but feels less sharp and agile in corners.

The story’s a bit different if you opt for the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 model, which packs the world's most powerful four-cylinder engine under the bonnet. It’s capable of sending 376bhp to all four wheels for molten hot acceleration - the 0-62mph sprint takes a breathtaking 4.4 seconds.

More practically, there’s a good amount of space in the back for tall adults, as long as you don’t have the panoramic sunroof, that reduces headroom. The large 481-litre boot is much bigger than the 341 litres in the A-Class, as well as the 405 litres of the Audi Q2. The BMW X2 is the biggest at 505 litres, though.

Like all modern Mercedes, the interior feels luxurious, with chrome air vents and a tablet-style screen displaying sat-nav directions and radio functions. It’s controlled with a dial, making it easy to operate without having to take your eyes off the road.

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Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / unlimited miles
Boot size: 
481 litres
Width: 
1804mm
Length: 
4417mm
Height: 
1494mm
Tax: 
From B (free for the first year, £20 thereafter) to H (£295 in first year and £205 thereafter)

Best Mercedes-Benz GLA Class for... 

Mercedes GLA 200d
The two-wheel drive, entry-level diesel is not only the cheapest model in the line-up, it's also the most economical.
Mercedes GLA 220 d 4MATIC AMG Line
A more powerful diesel paired with a smooth 7-speed automatic gearbox makes this one easy car to live with. The AMG Line trim also adds plenty of interior niceties.
Mercedes-AMG GLA 45
A powerful petrol engine, overtly sporty styling and agile handling. Perfect for the enthusiast.
Mercedes GLA 250 4MATIC
The lower-powered petrol is smooth and refined but it sits in a high vehicle excise duty band and isn't as economical as the diesels. Unless regular short trips are on the cards, the diesel offerings will be cheaper to run.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class History 

  • 2014 The Mercedes GLA goes on sale.
  • 2015 The high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 goes on sale.

Understanding Mercedes-Benz GLA Class car names 

  • GLA Class
  • Trim
    Sport
  • Engine
    220d
  • Gearbox
    7G DCT 4Matic
  • Trim
    There are three trims in total (Sport, AMG Line and AMG 45). Each higher level means more equipment and a larger price.
  • Engine
    There are two diesel and two petrol engine options in the line-up. The diesel range kicks off with a 134bhp GLA 200d and increases to 175bhp in the GLA 220d. There's a 208bhp petrol engine in the GLA 250 and a powerful 376bhp version in the Mercedes-AMG model.
  • Gearbox
    Automatic gearboxes are badged 7G DCT, indicating that they have seven gears and a dual clutch mechanism. Having two clutches makes gearchanges faster and smoother. Cars with four-wheel drive also have a 4Matic badge.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class Engines 

GLA 200d, GLA 220d, GLA 250 and GLA 45

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

Top speed

GLA 200d

Diesel

67.3mpg

134bhp

9.5s

127mph

GLA 220d

Diesel

56.5mpg

175bhp

7.7s

135mph

GLA 250

Petrol

43.5mpg

208bhp

6.6s

143mph

GLA 45

Petrol

38.2mpg

376bhp

4.4s

155mph

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class Trims 

Sport, AMG Line and AMG 45

Specifying your dream GLA is a surprisingly easy process, as Mercedes only really offers two distinct trim lines on standard models (AMG 45 cars get their own sporty appearance). But, because this is a premium vehicle, there is an exhaustive optional extras list that's designed to tempt buyers into parting with vast sums of cash for additional bits and pieces.

Regardless, even entry-level Sport models come with an impressive amount of standard kit. The 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof rails, rear privacy glass and twin-pipe exhaust system ensure it turns heads, while the powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers and cutting-edge media interface system make life with the car that much simpler.

Step up to AMG Line and Mercedes draws on its motorsport experience and adds aggressive body styling, a leather interior with contrasting stitching, special sports seats and a racy flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Naturally, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 goes wild with the high-octane styling features and customers are treated to 19-inch AMG wheels, high-performance brakes, bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED running lights, ambient lighting inside, AMG-focussed instrument clusters and an AMG Dynamic Select function that changes the driving mode from Comfort (relaxed steering, lethargic throttle response) to full-fat Sport+ (sharpened steering, suspension and throttle response).

Mercedes also likes to bundle optional extras into specific packages, which is often a cheaper way to improve specification on a car. The Executive Package, for example, adds a Garmin navigation system, parking assist and heated front seats, while a Premium Plus bundle adds ambient interior lighting, a panoramic glass sunroof and bi-xenon headlamps.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class Reliability and warranty 

The three-year, unlimited mileage warranty package is identical to that offered by both BMW and Land Rover, while Mercedes-Benz currently manufactures some of the most reliable cars on the road.

The GLA is too new to feature on the 2015 Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction survey, but Mercedes ranked 11th in the manufacturer chart, and owners rated its build quality particularly highly. It finished comfortably above rival brands Audi and BMW, as well as Land Rover.

Used Mercedes-Benz GLA Class 

hanks to its low CO2 emissions, premium finish and affordable running costs, the Mercedes-Benz GLA rapidly found homes after launch in 2014, particularly with business, fleet and company car users, meaning it is possible to snap up the occasional bargain.

Company cars are typically specified with all the bells and whistles and swapped often, so as long as buyers are happy with a few motorway miles on the clock, it is not uncommon to see savings of around 20 per cent on the original list price for low-mileage, nearly new models.

As an added bonus, all used vehicles will still be under warranty due to the vehicle's age and as long as a full Mercedes-Benz service history is present, the car will have been properly maintained thus reducing the risk of mechanical issues. 

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Mercedes-Benz GLA 200d Manual

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Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d 4MATIC AMG Line

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Class Prices

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class AMG Line

gla 200 amg line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,408

You could save up to: £3752

gla 200 amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,484

You could save up to: £3976

gla 200 amg line executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,263

You could save up to: £3892

gla 200 amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,339

You could save up to: £4116

gla 200 amg line premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,865

You could save up to: £3990

gla 200 amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,941

You could save up to: £4214

gla 200 amg line premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,983

You could save up to: £4172

gla 200 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,059

You could save up to: £4396

gla 200d 4matic amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,550

You could save up to: £5075

gla 200d 4matic amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,406

You could save up to: £5214

gla 200d 4matic amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,008

You could save up to: £5312

gla 200d 4matic amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,126

You could save up to: £5494

gla 200d amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,214

You could save up to: £4851

gla 200d amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,070

You could save up to: £4990

gla 200d amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,672

You could save up to: £5088

gla 200d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,790

You could save up to: £5270

gla 220d 4matic amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,120

You could save up to: £5275

gla 220d 4matic amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,976

You could save up to: £5414

gla 220d 4matic amg line prem plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,696

You could save up to: £5694

gla 220d 4matic amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,577

You could save up to: £5513

gla 250 4matic amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,344

You could save up to: £4556

gla 250 4matic amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,200

You could save up to: £4695

gla 250 4matic amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,802

You could save up to: £4793

gla 250 4matic amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,920

You could save up to: £4975

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class SE

gla 200 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,438

You could save up to: £3432

gla 200 se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,514

You could save up to: £3656

gla 200 se executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,294

You could save up to: £3571

gla 200 se executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,370

You could save up to: £3795

gla 200d se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,245

You could save up to: £4530

gla 200d se executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,100

You could save up to: £4670

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class Sport

gla 200 sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,294

You could save up to: £3571

gla 200 sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,370

You could save up to: £3795

gla 200 sport executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,150

You could save up to: £3710

gla 200 sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,226

You could save up to: £3934

gla 200 sport premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,752

You could save up to: £3808

gla 200 sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,828

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gla 200 sport premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 48.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,870

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gla 200 sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,946

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gla 200d 4matic sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,436

You could save up to: £4894

gla 200d 4matic sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,292

You could save up to: £5033

gla 200d 4matic sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,894

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gla 200d 4matic sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,012

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gla 200d sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,100

You could save up to: £4670

gla 200d sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,956

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gla 200d sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,558

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gla 200d sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,676

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gla 220d 4matic sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,006

You could save up to: £5094

gla 220d 4matic sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,862

You could save up to: £5233

gla 220d 4matic sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,464

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gla 220d 4matic sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,582

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gla 250 4matic sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,230

You could save up to: £4375

gla 250 4matic sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,086

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gla 250 4matic sport premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,688

You could save up to: £4612

gla 250 4matic sport premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,806

You could save up to: £4794