Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Mercedes GLA’s prices are a little on the steep side. It costs more to buy outright than its key rivals, the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. And while it should hold its value well, the competition tends to excel in that area too.
On the other hand, the two diesel engines are impressively efficient – a little more so than equivalent versions of the Q3 and Range Rover Evoque – as proved in our real-world tests on other Mercedes models that use the same diesel engines as the GLA.
The Mercedes GLA didn’t feature in our What Car? reliability survey, but the performance of the A-Class hatchback that it’s closely related to gives some cause for concern – the A-Class finished in 9th place out of 12 cars in the family car class.
Mercedes came a disappointing 26th out of 31 manufacturers, with Audi and BMW finishing higher.