Mercedes GLA review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid, petrol, diesel
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Introduction

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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 it a million sales worldwide. So, has Mercedes stuck to the same formula second time around?

Well, this family SUV is again related to the A-Class – albeit the latest, fourth-generation version, rather than its predecessor. But Mercedes claims there are now a host of unique touches to give the GLA a more distinct character, and it certainly has a more bespoke look than the original, at least on the outside.

There are four models to choose from, with a front-wheel-drive 161bhp 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol (badged GLA200) the entry point to the range.

It’s sold alongside GLA200d and GLA220d 2.0-litre diesels, producing 148bhp and 187bhp respectively; the former is available with both front and four-wheel drive, while the latter is four-wheel drive only. Meanwhile, the current range-topper is the four-wheel-drive GLA250, complete with a 222bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.

In this review, we’ll look at everything from what the 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 such as the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40.

If at the end you decide any of them are for you, make sure you visit our New Car Buying pages, where you can score hefty discounts without the hassle of haggling.

At a glance

Number of trims5 see more
Available fuel typeshybrid, petrol, diesel
MPG range across all versions188.3 - 52.3
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / No mileage cap

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