Which used Mercedes GLA-Class hatchback should I buy?
Diesel buyers have a choice between two 2.1-litre engines (badged GLA 200d and GLA 220d respectively). The former has 134bhp and is our favourite, mostly thanks to its low running costs. It's a bit slower than equivalent rivals but is flexible enough to satisfy most drivers. The 220d is noticeably punchier and comes with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Petrol options include a 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre engine, badged GLA 200 and GLA 250 respectively. The GLA 200 unit gets a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive as standard. It can be specced with the automatic gearbox, although it’s the only engine not available with four-wheel drive. The engine delivers brisk enough performance, although you do have to rev it quite hard to get the best from it. The four-wheel-drive, automatic GLA 250 is more rapid but not as fun as you might hope given its hefty price.
Standard equipment is good – better on the entry-level SE model than on most equivalent rivals. The list includes a 7.0in-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, plus alloy wheels, air conditioning and cruise control. The only options you might want to seek out are a DAB radio and sat-nav, although these were quite pricey.
Our favourite Mercedes-Benz GLA: 200d SE