Mercedes GLA video review

We test the new Mercedes GLA on and off-road, and try out the powerful GLA 45 AMG version

Mercedes GLA video

The Mercedes GLA might be referred to as a small SUV, but really it looks more like a larger, more comfortable version of the A-Class. It's taller than the hatchback it's based on, but is actually much smaller than the Audi Q3.

The GLA's comfortable and refined ride rights our main complaint about the fidgety and sometimes uncomfortable A-Class.

It's not at the expense of handling either. There’s more bodyroll than the A-Class, but not enough to stop you having fun, and the steering is sharp too.

We'd go for the diesel versions, which do lose some refinement, but the improved running costs do sweeten the deal somewhat. The Automatic gearbox is pretty good, but you might want to think about going for the manual instead.

Although most customers will go for the standard petrol and diesel models and never take it off-road, for those wanting something extra it does have another couple of strings in its bow.

Later this year you’ll be able to buy a special off-road pack for the GLA , which adds a few basic off-loading features to help traverse muddy fields or bumpy dirt tracks.

If you prefer something quicker, AMG has worked its magic, too. Like the A45 and CLA 45, the GLA 45 AMG features a 355bhp 2.0 turbocharged engine. It's a bit slower to 60 thanks to the higher weight, but in reality you’ll never really feel the difference.

In the end apart from a comfier ride and basic of-road ability, the Mercedes GLA is mainly about the extra space - the boot is 40% bigger than that of the A-Class. Forget was Mercedes say, think of it less as an SUV and more as an A-Class estate.

Recommended

Small Premium SUV of the Year 2020: Mercedes GLA
Mercedes GLA

Small Premium SUV of the Year 2020: Mercedes GLA

The Mercedes GLA is the 2020 Auto Express Small Premium SUV of the Year, with the Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque commended
13 Oct 2020
Mercedes GLA review
Mercedes GLA

Mercedes GLA review

The Mercedes GLA offers strong compact SUV credentials, with extra interior space, improved practicality and high levels of comfort and refinement.
16 Sep 2020
Mercedes GLA vs Volvo XC40
SUVs

Mercedes GLA vs Volvo XC40

The new Mercedes GLA goes up against the Volvo XC40 in this premium small SUV showdown
15 Aug 2020
New Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 2020 review
Road tests

New Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 2020 review

The new Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 SUV arrives with 302bhp, but it's not cheap
20 Jul 2020

Most Popular

New Suzuki Swace estate launched on UK market
News

New Suzuki Swace estate launched on UK market

Based on the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, the Suzuki Swace estate comes to the UK
11 Nov 2020
All-new Renault Kangoo van unveiled ahead of 2021 launch
Renault Kangoo ZE Concept - show pic
Renault Kangoo

All-new Renault Kangoo van unveiled ahead of 2021 launch

First images of the third-generation Renault Kangoo panel van - which will soon square-up to the new Volkswagen Caddy
12 Nov 2020
New Citroen C3 2020 review
Citroen C3

New Citroen C3 2020 review

The Citroen C3 supermini has been updated for 2020, but have the updates boosted its appeal?
12 Nov 2020