An SUV with the sophistication of an executive saloon, the GLA is a versatile grand tourer. It takes practicality seriously, but throws in some luxurious features that remind you that you’re driving a Mercedes-Benz.
The GLA is compact in size for an SUV, standing at around 4.4m long and 1.8m wide. It’s also relatively low with a height of just 1.5m. This petite size makes it an elegant addition to your drive. It takes many of its styling cues from the A-Class with its expansive grille, oversized headlights and sweeping, deep contours. There’s the option of bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights if you want it to have a smarter finish. Protectors on the wheel arches and side skirts, skid plates and roof rails bring the muscular brawn you expect on an SUV.
If you like the A-Class, then you’ll love the interior of the GLA. It has the same simple layout with an eight-inch touchscreen at the top of the dashboard (Sport upwards), three air vents in the centre and the rest of the controls arranged on a rectangle below.The Seat Comfort package is included, giving you cushion adjustment, and you can opt to have them heated.
Storage compartments are dotted about the interior so everyone can keep their essentials close by.A 481-litre boot will store a few holdalls and a cool box for a day out, and you can easily get sports gear in there if you’re planning an adventure. Beneath the floor of the boot is an extra storage compartment for hiding any valuables you want away from view.
Dynamic Select is standard on the Sport trim upwards and optional on the SE. It lets you select your ideal driving style for the particular journey, whether you want to relax or be more hands on. Cruise control features across the range, allowing you to rest your ankles along the motorway. Off-road comfort suspension takes the stress out of difficult terrains, smoothing over every bump for a comfortable ride. It has seven-speed transmission (optional in the smaller engines), meaning it’s easy to reach faster speeds.
There are six engines to choose from; three diesels and three petrol units. For fuel efficiency, opt for a diesel which can achieve 67mpg and 56mpg in the four-wheel drive version. If you’re looking for speed, go for the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC, which will take you from 0-60mph in approximately four seconds.
An advanced braking system features Active and Adaptive Brake Assist functions, ABS and Hill Start Assist. It helps to prevent the GLA from skidding and stop fast when you need it to. The ESP with Acceleration Skid Control promotes this further, helping the GLA to maintain a steady drive at all times. You can choose to add Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and the Distance Pilot through packs if you want extra tools for preventing a collision.
You get plenty of music technologies that let you listen to your choice of playlist through six speakers. Choose to add Garmin MAP PILOT navigation system to be directed on the quickest course. A reversing camera provides a 180˚ view and is standard on all GLAs. It helps you to judge your distance when parking, and you can opt for a parking pilot that will guide you effortlessly into the space without a glitch. Smartphone integration lets you make and receive calls without needing to use your hands as it is voice controlled. The system comprising Apple CarPlay™, so you have access to an array of handy apps.
Find out what it’s like to drive in a luxurious compact SUV with a test drive. Book your appointment with the team at Connolly Motor Group in Collooney, Co. Sligo by calling within opening hours or enquiring online.