It seems all the top German automakers watched keenly as BMW made their first SUV the X5, which became an overwhelming success. Then BMW went on and made the X1 as their entry level SUV. Other automakers had to respond and Mercedes Benz in particular weren’t to be left behind. So the guys at Diamler came up with the Mercedes Benz GLA, it is supposed to be the “cheapest” Mercedes SUV you can buy.
What’s In a Name?
“GL” is the nomenclature employed by Diamler to name its SUVs. The “G” stands for geländewagen (off-road vehicle German), while the “L” acts as a link. Finally, in the case for the GLA, the “A” represents the SUV equivalent of A-Class.
This SUV has its roots stemming from the unveiling of the Concept GLA in the 2013 Auto Shanghai car show. Later the production version of the Mercedes Benz GLA made its debut in the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Available as either a four wheel drive or as a front wheel drive, the Mercedes Benz GLA is available in a number of trims:
- GLA250 4MATIC
- AMG GLA45
The Mercedes Benz GLA uses variants of petrol and diesel four cylinder engines. The GLA250 is the standard model, and it features a 2L turbo four cylinder that is able to churn out 208 hp of power and 350 N·m of torque. If you are looking for a little more power you can pick up the AMG GLA45 which is the performance trim of the GLA. It’s powered with a twin-turbo four cylinder that manages to get the power all the way to 355 hp and a maximum torque of 450 N·m.
Mercedes use a combination of leather and plastic to make the interior convenient. There isn’t S-Class styling here but it still manages to feel like you are in a Benz.
I really like its exterior as I think it looks aggressive enough. Its grille features the three star Mercedes marque fixed in the center of two horizontal bars.
Well, quite clearly this SUV is based on the A-Class, and has derived its design cues from it. It’s a great car however it isn’t at the level of the X1, especially when it comes to negotiating corners. Compared to its rivals the GLA just doesn’t represent money for value like the Audi Q3 or the BMW X1. However, as for its performance and styling it is good enough. The real problem is that any car with the Mercedes marque is supposed to wow us. Sadly, the GLA just doesn’t give us that. Simply, it’s an average car. But considering this is the first generation, let’s hope the guys at Daimler are plotting something better in the future.
If you are thinking of buying a GLA you’ll have to start to budget from $ 33,425.
How does the GLA measure up to the X1, is it a level below, at par or above? Have your say, leave a comment.
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