Mercedes-Benz GLA review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £33,000What Car? Target Price from£31,575

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

It’s a mixed bag for private buyers in this regard. List prices are quite high, but the GLA does hold its value better than the Audi Q3. Many buyers will opt for monthly PCP finance, where Mercedes is traditionally quite competitive. Fuel economy lags behind rivals, though; no GLA breaks the 40mpg barrier.

The GLA doesn’t stack up especially well as a company car choice, either. Its official CO2 emissions are beaten by rivals, while its comparatively high purchase price takes its toll on benefit-in-kind tax bills

On the other hand, that steep purchase price does net you a lot of standard equipment. Urban Edition models get the infotainment system mentioned earlier, as well as 18in alloy wheels, cruise control, sports seats, air conditioning and keyless go. Stepping up to AMG Line brings sportier exterior styling and heated seats, as well as bigger 19in alloys and dual-zone climate control.

Optional extras are few and far between; metallic paint and a DAB radio are the only individual extras you can add. The Plus equipment line might tempt you, though; it adds keyless locking and 12-colour ambient interior lighting, as well as the panoramic roof, LED headlamps and electrically adjustable seats we mentioned earlier. The Night package, meanwhile, offers AMG Line buyers similar blacked-out exterior details to those that the Urban Edition has as standard.

Safety equipment is fairly comprehensive, too, including automatic emergency braking (AEB) with seven airbags (including a driver’s knee airbag) and an attention alert system as standard. Blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control are offered in the Driving Assistance Package, which is a fairly pricey option that you can only add to the AMG Line edition.

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Overview

The Mercedes GLA looks good, both inside and out, but shows its age against rivals that are better to drive. Other premium family SUVs are cheaper to buy and run, while opting for a more mainstream brand gets you much more car for your money.

  • Eye-catching dashboard
  • Plenty of standard kit
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Disappointing ride and handling
  • Quiet engines
  • Rivals are more spacious and cheaper

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