Here’s the thing about small SUVs: they’re often just beefier-looking, higher-riding and considerably more expensive takes on regular hatchbacks. But that doesn’t stop them selling by the buckload.
The Mercedes GLA is a case in point. It’s based on the popular Mercedes A-Class – which explains its similar-looking face and engine line-up – but is taller, tougher-looking and costs £3500 more to buy.
Its closest rivals are undoubtedly the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1, although the slightly smaller Audi Q2 and less upmarket (but also more spacious) VW Tiguan should also be on your shortlist if you’re shopping in this market.
There are two diesels and three petrol engines to choose from, including a ballistic GLA 45 AMG model that can give most supercars a fright. But which engine should you choose? Which trim and options make the most sense? Or would you be better buying something else instead? We’ll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages.