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 against depreciation, 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 GLA didn’t feature in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. As a guide, though, the Mercedes A-Class hatchback that it’s closely related to gives some cause for concern because it did badly in the family car class.
Mercedes didn't do brilliantly either, coming joint 22nd out of 30 manufacturers in the brands section of the survey. Rivals Audi and BMW finished higher.