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Mercedes-Benz GLA - Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a hatchback or is it an SUV?

The New Mercedes GLA – the entry level SUV in the brands line-up is all things to all people. Unlike the old model, which looked like a hatchback on steroids, the new 2020 Mercedes GLA is definitely a real SUV.

It’s pure Mercedes although in smaller proportions. You still get the trademark showcase grills flanked by curved LED headlights and an angular curvaceous body. The GLA definitely stands out from rivals BMW and Audi SUVs. The GLA is based on Mercedes’ MFA platform which underpins eight different models from the A-Class Saloon, CLA Shooting Brake estate and seven-seater GLB.

The GLA is available with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. The GLA 200 uses a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 163 hp and can deliver up to 43.5 mpg. The GLA 250 uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine which can generate up to 224 hp while delivering up to 38.2 mpg.

The diesel-powered GLA 200 d – available in either two-wheel or all-wheel-drive has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine capable of producing 150 hp and can deliver up to 53.3 mpg. The GLA 220 d has a 2.0-litre diesel engine with an output of 190 hp and can achieve up to 51.4 mpg. The GLA 200 comes as standard with the 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission while all other engines use the 8G-DCT eight-speed gearbox.

The entry-level Sport equipment line – only on the 200 and 200 d - includes as standard: 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels; LED headlights; heated front seats; aluminium roof rails; MBUX multimedia system and Mercedes me Connectivity, with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice-activated virtual assistant and services including free music subscription and find parking facilities; a seven-inch touchscreen media display; a seven-inch digital cockpit and Thermatronic two-zone air conditioning system. For an additional £1500 Sport Executive offers both front and rear parking sensors; Mirror package; Smartphone integration with wireless charging and a 10.25-inch central media display.

AMG Line adds 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels; privacy glass; AMG bodystyling; ARTICO/DINAMICA sports seats with red contrast stitching and a carbon-structure trim. AMG Line Executive comes with front and rear parking sensors; Mirror package; smartphone integration and wireless charging and a 10.25-inch central media display as standard.

AMG Line Premium offers Keyless Entry; illuminated door sills; mid-range sound system; augmented reality for navigation; 64-colour ambient lighting; tow bar pre-installation and a 10.25-inch digital cockpit. The AMG Line Premium Plus equipment line adds a panoramic sunroof; memory seats; traffic sign assist and Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus.

The Driving Assistance package is optionally available – for £1,495.00 – in conjunction with AMG Line Premium Plus, and includes Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC; Parking Assist and navigation; Active Steer Assist; Active Speed Limit Assist; route-based speed adjustment when approaching bends, roundabouts, and toll stations; Evasive Steering Assist; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Active Blind Spot Assist; Active Brake Assist with turning manoeuvre and cross-traffic function; and PRE-SAFE® PLUS.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is now on sale, with prices starting from £32,640 on-the-road for the entry-level GLA 200 Sport.


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