What Car? says...
Some think it was first coined by Mark Twain while others give the credit to Homer (of Iliad rather than Simpsons fame). But whoever came up with it, there's a definite truth to the saying 'clothes make the man'. Or, indeed, the car.
The original Mercedes GLA was little more than an A-Class hatchback in outdoorsy attire, yet that was enough to secure a million sales worldwide. So, has Mercedes stuck to the same formula the second time around?
Well, under the surface, this family SUV is again related to the A-Class, albeit the latest, fourth-generation model – but you wouldn’t necessarily guess so to look at it. Park the two cars side by side and it’s clear that the GLA has a distinct character of its own.
The difference is less clear on the inside, but that’s no bad thing. The A-Class has one of the best interiors in its class, and the GLA shares not only its eye-catching details but also its user-friendly MBUX infotainment system. Also largely common between the two models is the diverse range of engines – there’s a mix of petrols and diesels as well as a plug-in hybrid and some hot AMG versions.
In this review, we’ll look at everything from what the Mercedes GLA is like to drive, to how practical it is and how much it will cost you to run. Plus, we’ll reveal how it compares with key rivals, including the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40.
At a glance
|Number of trims||5 see more|
|Number of engines||8 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||diesel, hybrid, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||201.8 - 53.3|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£887 / £4,735|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,775 / £9,471|
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