Which used Mercedes GLA-Class hatchback should I buy?
Diesel buyers have a choice between two 2.1-litre engines, badged 200d and 220d. The former produces 134bhp and is our favourite, mostly thanks to its low running costs. It's a bit slower than equivalent rivals but is flexible enough to satisfy most drivers. The 168bhp latter is noticeably punchier and comes with four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Petrol options include a 1.6-litre and two 2.0-litre engines, badged 180, 200 and 250. The 118bhp 180 is a bit slow, making the 154bhp 200 a much better bet, thanks to brisk-enough performance, although you have to rev it quite hard to get the best from it. This engine came with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive as standard but could be specified with an automatic 'box. If you need four-wheel-drive with a petrol engine, go for the 250. It's more rapid but not as fun as you might hope, given its hefty price.
Standard equipment is often better on entry-level SE trim than on most equivalent rivals, and we see no point in spending more for pricier versions.
Our favourite Mercedes-Benz GLA: 200d SE
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