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.
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.