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 Mercedes GLA, to mobility customers, comes in two trims, SE and Sport, The SE gets sat nav, 17-inch alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Artico leather seats. The Sport model has 18″wheels, aluminium roof rails, several driving modes and an eight-inch infotainment display.

 

 

There are two engines a 1.6 litre petrol which is ok and it is the only way to get a Sport trimmed car, but not a patch on the a 2.1 litre diesel offering 136 bhp paired to a 6 speed manual or a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. Badged as a GLA 200 the top speed is 127 miles per hour and 62 mph can be reached in a respectable 9.9 seconds in. Economy with either gearbox is an excellent 67.3 miles per gallon.

The Mercedes GLA is a car to put on your shortlist if you can meet the Advance Payment, it is very well made and pleasing on the eye, the only problem we have is it can feel a little claustrophobic, it’s a shame the £995 Panoramic glass roof is not a standard feature.

Summer Best Buy –  Mercedes GLA 200 CDI Manual ‘SE’ –  £1149 Advance Payment (£95 wpms)

Summer Best Buy –  Mercedes GLA 200 CDI Automatic ‘SE’ –  £2249 Advance Payment (£1195 wpms)