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Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS HATCHBACK GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr

Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
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Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
Mercedes Benz GLA CLASS GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG49.60
  • 0-62mph9 secs
  • Top Speed124 mph
  • C02158 g/km
  • BHP122
  • Torque148 lbs/f
  • P11D32%

Review

Imagine a Mercedes A-Class hatch with a little extra practicality and a more adventurous outlook and you'll have this car in mind, the brand's GLA compact Crossover. It's the brand's answer to more premium offerings in this growing fashion-conscious segment and has been engineered with the kind of thoroughness you'd expect from the Three-Pointed Star. Let's check out this model in lightly revised form.

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The GLA is the entry point to Mercedes' SUV range, a compact Crossover now lightly updated to take on strengthened competition in this important segment. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Background

Mercedes calls this the enry point into its SUV line-up but in fact, the GLA isn't really any kind of proper SUV. Instead, it targets customers who like the idea of a Qashqai-class family-sized Crossover but want it with a slightly more prestigious badge. The car was launched in 2013 and specifically targets BMW's X1 and, even more directly, Audi's Q3. Under the skin, it's almost idenical to a Mercedes A-Class compact hatch, yet boasts the rugged-ised looks and slightly higher ride height that Crossover buyers like so much. With competition strengthening in this sector, Mercedes has boosted the GLA's appeal with minor exterior styling changes that include the availability of full-LED headlights. And embellishments to the cabin that offer a classier feel. More significantly, an offroad 'comfort' suspension package that raises the car by 30mm now comes as standard.

Driving Experience

A car that essentially is a family hatchback is likely to have the dynamic aptitude of a family hatchback. A model that, in contrast, is designed as a proper RAV4 or CR-V-style compact SUV is never going to feel as sharp, no matter how compromised its Rubicon Trail pretensions might be. So if you like your driving, you'll give thanks that this GLA isn't setting out to rival RAVs - or indeed Audi Q5s, BMW X3s or Range Rover Evoques come to that. Mercedes has designed a C-Class-based GLC model to do that. That frees this car to be a proper Qashqai-class compact Crossover. Or, to put it another way, to offer pretty much all the handling brio you'd get from the A-Class hatch it's designed upon, with pretty much none of the downsides, these being mainly centred on an over-firmed ride here replaced by something much more supple. When it comes to drive traction and transmission, much will depend on engine choice. The cheapest GLA 200 derivative uses a 115bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine but for the UK, the emphasis is firmly on a 2.1-litre diesel line-up that begins with the 136bhp GLA 200d. You'll need this variant if you want the choice of auto or manual transmission since it's an auto-only regime further up the range and you'll have to have a self-shifting 'box if you take up the option of auto transmission. Should you wish for more performance than that, you'll probably find yourself ending up in the GLA 220d 4MATIC diesel derivative that many customers choose. With 177 braked horses to call upon, this version has a useful extra turn of speed, dispatching the 62mph benchmark in 7.7 en route to 135mph, despite having the carry around the extra weight of 4WD hardwear that can send up to 50% of the engine's power to the rear wheels for improved cornering exit traction. The 211bhp GLA 250 petrol variant also takes the auto 4MATIC route and should feel pleasantly rapid, delivering 62mph in 6.6s on the way to 143mph. Rather more than pleasantly rapid is the frankly certifiable GLA 45 AMG, a car that now rocks up with 381bhp beneath its bonnet. Its 2.0-litre petrol engine and 4MATIC all wheel drive catapult you to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds.

Design and Build

Though Mercedes sees this GLA as part of its SUV portfolio, there's nothing very SUV about the way it looks. It's probably better to simply see this as an A-Class with an added dose of attitude, a role much closer to its comfort zone thanks to a raked-back windscreen and a front end that sports big air intakes, neat flutes in the bonnet and smart smeared-back headlights. Changes made to this revised model include modified bumpers, smarter alloy wheels and the option of full-LED headlights. As before, smart GLA-specific touches include the way the stylists have teased out the wheel arches, adding muscularity to the look. And the sleek integration of the standard aluminium roof rails. Drop inside and you'll find a cabin that in this revised model has been upgraded with higher quality seat coverings, smarter trim and chromed control panels, plus there are re-styled instrument dials. Otherwise, it's as you were, which means that, depending on the suspension chosen, you can find yourself sitting up to 80mm higher than you would in a comparable A-Class model. That means quite a commanding view out-front from a driving position easily perfected by wide adjustment possibilities for seat and steering wheel aided by plentiful head and shoulder room. The cabin architecture of all Mercedes' smaller models is pretty much identical these days, which fortunately is no bad thing in terms of what you end up with here. So, as with any A or CLA-Class model, you get the same deeply-cowled twin-dial instrument binnacle viewed through a lovely, grippy nappa leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. There are the same five chrome-trimmed SLS supercar-style air vents decorating a dash split into upper and lower sections. The upper part's dominated by the iPad-style 5.8-inch free-standing infotainment screen that's been stuck in the middle of it, controlled by a little rotary dial positioned where the handbrake would normally be if it hadn't been replaced by one of those fiddly electronic ones with a switch hidden away beneath the fascia. Out back, you get 481-litres of luggage space, a big jump up from the 341-litre total offered by the A-Class and around 60-litres more than you'd get in an Audi Q3.

Market and Model

Mainstream GLA buyers looking at 2.1-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol models will need a budget starting from around £26,000 to £27,000 and ranging up to around £38,000 for mainstream models. Dedicated followers of the brand though, can consider paying up to around £47,000 for the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC flagship version. The base GLA 200 CDI diesel variant is offered in 2WD or 4MATIC form and comes with the choice of manual or automatic transmission. Further up the range, you have to have automatic transmission and 4MATIC 4WD. For diesel folk, there's a premium of just around £1,400 to go from a GLA 200d 4MATIC auto to a comparably specified pokier GLA 220d 4MATIC auto variant - like the one we tried. That sounds reasonable given that the extra cash gets you quite a lot of extra performance. Running costs do also rise quite significantly with this pricier model though, so make sure you've taken that into account. If, having considered all of that, you conclude that it is a GLA model you really want, then you're going to need to know what's included in the asking price. And the answer is a very reasonable spec. Even in least expensive SE trim, you get 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof rails, privacy glass, a chrome-trimmed twin-pipe exhaust, rain-sensing wipers and a reversing camera. Inside, there's man-made Artico leather for the seats and the real nappa stuff trimming the multi-function steering wheel, plus air conditioning, a trip computer and a DAB radio with Bluetooth, USB and Apple iPod connections. Standard safety stuff includes 'ATTENTION ASSIST' and 'Active Brake Assist' autonomous braking.

Cost of Ownership

Mercedes has worked extremely hard to make this GLA one of the cheapest cars to run in its class, efforts aided by the fact that all the engines on offer feature direct injection and turbocharging, plus an ECO start/stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. There's also an ECO setting for the 7G-DCT 7-speed automatic gearbox, a slippery 0.29 Cd drag factor, plus intelligent management of engine ancillaries like the alternator, the oil feed and the water pump and low rolling resistance tyres. As a result, it's hard to argue with the numbers generated by this GLA, figures that aren't very different from those of its Mercedes A-Class design stablemate, despite this car's extra 40kg of weight. Manual or automatic, the entry-level GLA 200d delivers the sort of returns more usually associated with a supermini - 67.3 miles from a gallon of diesel on the combined cycle and around 110g/km of carbon dioxide. Even the pokier GLA220d 4MATIC we tried returns 56.5mpg and emits just 130g/km.

Summary

'Freedom', Mercedes says, 'is contagious'. Desire for compact Crossover models of this kind certainly is - even if they cost as much as this one. It doesn't directly compete with RAV4 or CR-V-style SUVs but, given that it costs the same sort of money, I can see a number of people who'd previously have simply settled for another such CR-V-style soft roader being tempted by what's on offer here. Some cheaper Crossover models of this kind seem a little crude in comparison with this GLA. Like them, it's essentially a family hatchback in a pair of hiking boots, but its transformation to meet that need has here been completed with a silken thoroughness typical of the Three-Pointed Star. That doesn't extend to any really serious off road capability but then, for many buyers, such a thing is neither wanted nor needed. Appropriate then, for this car to be so visually subtle in its expeditionary pretensions. True, similar claims are being made in this segment by the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 rivals this car is being directly pitched against. But these are cars with slightly higher running costs and asking prices that are no cheaper. You can see then, why Mercedes is confident this GLA will prevail against them. It's arguably the best compact car the brand makes. And that makes it very significant indeed.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Adaptive brake lights
Automatic headlamp activation
Body colour door handles
Dark privacy glass from B-pillar backwards
Elec heated + adjust door mirrors
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Front fog lights
Gloss black bumper inserts
Heated rear window with timer
Heated windscreen wash system
High gloss black front splitter
High gloss black rear apron
High gloss black roof rails
LED Headlights
LED tail lights
LED third brake light
Radiator grille with 2 louvres in Silver with chrome trim
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear windscreen wiper with auto activation when reversing
Roof mounted radio aerial
Roof spoiler
Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
Driver Convenience
8" colour display screen
Attention assist
Coolant level warning indicator
Cruise control + speed limiter
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Instrument cluster
Low fuel level warning light
Mercedes connect me
Multi function trip computer
Oil level warning
Outside temperature gauge
Reversing camera
Service indicator (ASSYST)
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
Speed sensitive power steering
Stop/start system
Washer fluid reminder
Entertainment
6 speakers
Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming
Media interface
Mercedes Audio 20 radio/single CD
SD card slot
USB port
Interior Features
1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
12V power socket in centre console
12V socket in luggage compartment
3 spoke multifunction nappa leather steering wheel
Air conditioning
Ambient lighting in front headrests
Artico man-made leather/Maringa fabric upholstery
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Centre console storage
Centre console with cupholders
Courtesy light in boot
Footwell lights
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front seat cushion length adjustment
Grey headlining
Height adjustable front seats
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated door sills
Illuminated glovebox
Integrated head restraints
Interior door handle illumination
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Leather trimmed gearknob
Load securing rings in luggage compartment
Luggage compartment cover
Luggage compartment lighting
Rear Reading Lamps
Sports seats
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Safety
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
ABS with Brake Assist
Active bonnet
Adaptive brake system
Black seat belts
Child proof door locks
Crash responsive emergency lighting
Drivers knee airbag
Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Electronic parking brake
ESP with ASR
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Front side airbags
Hill start assist
Occupancy sensor for passenger seat
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags
Security
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Chrome surround electric key
Keyless Start
Remote central locking
Technical
Comfort suspension
Trim
Chrome air vent surrounds
Sail pattern dash trim
Wheels
18" 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted black with high sheen finish
Tirefit sealant with electric air pump
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 158
Noise Level dB(A) 69
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1595
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 73.7
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 40.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 50.4
EC Urban (mpg) 30.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 7.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb 38.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 37.7
WLTP - MPG - High 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Low 30.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium 39.2
General
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 122
Coin Series Urban Edition
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 21E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 15500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9
Engine Power - BHP 122
Engine Power - KW 90
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 148
Engine Torque - MKG 20.4
Engine Torque - NM 200
Engine Torque - RPM 1250
Top Speed 124
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 235/50 R18
Tyre Size Rear 235/50 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 TWIN SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1494
Length 4417
Wheelbase 2699
Width 1804
Width (including mirrors) 2022
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1940
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1235
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 481
Max. Loading Weight 610
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1200
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 700
Minimum Kerbweight 1330
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.84

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Exterior Features
Metallic paint £595.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Cosmos Black £595.00
Metallic - Iridium silver £595.00
Metallic - Mountain grey £595.00
Solid - Jupiter Red FOC
Solid - Polar white FOC
Trim
Artico man-made leather/Maringa fabric - Black with white seams FOC
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