Mercedes GLA review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Passenger & boot space

2020 Mercedes GLA rear seats
  • 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:
  • Front space
  • Rear space
  • Seat folding and flexibility
  • Boot space

Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

You’re unlikely to grumble about space in the front, even if you tower over most of your friends and colleagues. The seats slide back a long way and there’s plenty of head room, even on cars with the optional panoramic glass roof (part of the Premium Plus package).

To add to the practicality, the door pockets are big enough for a 500ml bottle of water, and there are two suitably deep cupholders in front of the infotainment touchpad. A decent glovebox, a handy cubby at the base of the dashboard and some storage under the centre armrest complete the list of stowage spaces.

2020 Mercedes GLA rear seats

Seat folding and flexibility

The rear seats fold in a 60/40 split, rather than the more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement found in the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. However, as is the case in those cars, the GLA’s backrests lie pretty much flat, with no step up from the boot floor.

As a bonus, the GLA’s rear seats can be moved back and forth by around 140mm to cater for your preferred balance of passenger and luggage space, giving it greater flexibility than the Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40.

Boot space