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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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.

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Reliability

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.

Safety and security

Overview

Classy, comfortable and well equipped, the Mercedes GLA is one of the better prestige family SUVs, but some rivals are cheaper and more practical.

  • Forgiving yet well controlled ride
  • Interior feels special
  • Good luxury and safety kit
  • A bit on the pricey side
  • Rear head room isn’t great
  • Closely related A-Class has below-par reliability
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