For It’s a refined cruiser with a nicely finished cabin, and SE models have a comfortable ride.
Against It's not much more practical than a regular A-Class hatchback, and most models are expensive.
What Car? says
The Mercedes GLA is a worthy rival for the Audi Q3. Cheaper versions make most sense, so if you’re set on a GLA, go for one of those.
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There are 8 Mercedes-Benz GLA versions available
Target Price team says:
The GLA250 petrol is a strong performer and the GLA220 CDI diesel cruises effortlessly, but most people will be better off with the front-wheel-drive GLA200 CDI; it’s cheaper to buy and run than the other two, and is brisk enough.
Two trim levels are available: SE and AMG Line. We'd stick with the cheaper SE because it has regular 'comfort' suspension; AMG Line gets a set-up that's lowered by 15mm, which means the ride isn’t as comfortable.
The GLA45 AMG, meanwhile, is a law unto itself. If you're really keen on a small petrol-powered performance SUV, then it's worthy of consideration alongside an Audi Q3 RS. However, something like a BMW X3 xDrive35d would be cheaper to run, much more practical and no slower in real-world motoring.
Reader test team says:
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