Mercedes GLA

Mercedes seem to be alone in calling the GLA an SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) it’s actually more of a tallish hatchback with decent ground clearance and soft suspension but if you are looking for an Audi Q3 alternative with head turning looks from all angles and you are prepared to forgo a lofty driving position and are ok with small windows then the GLA is the car for you. Based on the Platform from the A-Class the GLA has a bigger body, raised by 5cm, which means improved interior and boot space (471 litres compared to 341) while fatter tyres and softer suspension makes for a more comfortable ride.

 

 

The new GLA is due in 2020 and as a passing shot Mercedes have been through the parts bin and cobbled together the GLA180 Urban Edition, and it is superb value. Powered by the 1.6 litre 120 bhp petrol engine from the B-Class and with a host of standard equipment it is well worth a look. The 0-62 time of 9 seconds time is excellent and the option of a 6 speed manual or 7 speed Auto make for comfortable progress, if you push it the claimed mpg of 40.9 mpg or 44.8 Auto, will quickly head towards the low 30’s. You do get 18 inch alloy wheels, roof rails, front fog lights, LED head and tail lights, privacy glass, auto wipers, off road comfort suspension (raised by 30mm), keyless go, air conditioning, reversing camera, fake leather seats, cruise control, driving mode selector, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, twin chrome exhaust and an eight inch media display with Apple Carplay and Android auto.

 

Summer Best Buy –  Mercedes GLA 180 1.6 petrol Manual ‘Urban Edition’ –  £599 Advance Payment (£66.19 wpms) or £699 (£66.85 wpms) as an Automatic