Mercedes GLA review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Interior

2020 Mercedes GLA dashboard
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA front cornering
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA rear cornering
  • 2020 Mercedes GLA dashboard
  • 2020 Mercedes GLA rear seats
  • 2020 Mercedes GLA rear seats
  • 2020 Mercedes GLA infotainment controller
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA rear
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA nose
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA front
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA side
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA alloy wheel
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA front cornering
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA rear cornering
  • 2020 Mercedes GLA dashboard
  • 2020 Mercedes GLA rear seats
  • 2020 Mercedes GLA rear seats
  • 2020 Mercedes GLA infotainment controller
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA rear
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA nose
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA front
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA side
  • 2021 Mercedes GLA alloy wheel
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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The Mercedes GLA’s dashboard is almost identical to the A-Class’s, but its driving position isn’t. You sit significantly higher, so there’s no mistaking it for anything other than an SUV, even if the Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40 place you even higher up.

You’re unlikely to have much difficulty getting comfortable because there’s a wide range of adjustment. Plus, the sports front seats in the AMG Line cars we tried support you in all the right places.

2020 Mercedes GLA dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

All Mercedes GLAs have at least a 7.0in touchscreen with sat-nav and a DAB radio. We’d recommend upgrading to the optional 10.25in screen that comes with the Executive and Premium packages – it looks better and you gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring plus wireless phone-charging.

Using the touchscreen is fine if you're parked, but when you're driving it's easier to access the GLA’s systems via the touchpad between its front seats, or via the tiny touchpads on its steering wheel. These aren't quite as intuitive as the BMW X1's rotary controller, but once you get used to them they're far less distracting than the touchscreen-only setups in the Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40.

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