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MERCEDES-BENZ GLA AMG HATCHBACK

GLA 35 4Matic Premium Plus 5dr Auto

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This second generation GLA model redefines what a compact Mercedes SUV should be, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

Mercedes has one of the widest ranges of SUVs available and the line-up starts with this GLA model, this being the second generation version of this design. It competes in the premium part of the SUV 'C' sector and, like all models in this segment, is based on family hatchback underpinnings, in this case those of the fourth generation version of the Mercedes A-Class. The original MK1 'X156'-series Mercedes GLA, launched back in 2014, won't go down as one of the more remarkable models in the Stuttgart brand's history but it sold well, shifting nearly a million units over a six year production run which ended with the introduction of this second generation version in early 2020. This 'H247'-series car is the eighth Mercedes model to be spun off the brand's current compact car 'MFA2' platform.

Driving Experience

In its mainstream guises, the GLA is available with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines. The entry-level models, the GLA 180 and the GLA 200, both use a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol powerplant with respective outputs of either 136 or 163hp, both units mated to 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission. All other engines use the brand's 8G-DCT eight-speed auto gearbox. The GLA 250 uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine which can generate up to 224hp and 350Nm. There's also a clever GLA 250 e petrol plug-in hybrid which uses a little 1.33-litre four cylinder engine mated to a 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery for a total output of 218hp and a WLTP-rated EV driving range of up to 37 miles. The diesels use the company's usual 2.0-litre unit, which develops either 150hp in the GLA 200d or 190hp in the GLA 220d, the latter featuring a re-engineered version of the brand's 4MATIC 4WD system. With that 4MATIC set-up, you get an 'Off-road Package' which adds an off-road headlight function and an extra off-road driving mode called Downhill Speed Regulation. There are two performance-orientated Mercedes-AMG variants, both using engineering we've already seen in the A-Class. The GLA 35 4MATIC offers a 306hp 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine mated to AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G dual-clutch auto transmission. And the GLA 45 4MATIC+ S flagship variant uses an engine more bespoke to AMG, a tuned 2.0-litre unit putting out 421hp. So the oily bits are generally pretty familiar; as is most of the other engineering on offer here. The suspension features McPherson struts up front and either a torsion beam or multi-link arrangement at the rear, plus variable damping control is optional. Cornering traction should be aided by a track width increase of 46mm.

Design and Build

There's a bit more of a 'want one' factor with this second generation GLA thanks in part to the fact that its proportions and stance are more clearly defined than its predecessor. The car measures in at 4,410mm long, 2,020mm wide and 1,611mm high, making it 14mm shorter and 2mm narrower, but 104mm higher than the previous model. Larger wheel arches accommodate rims ranging from 17 to 21-inches. Inside, as expected, this 'H247'-series GLA switches to the same cabin layout as has featured in all other recent compact Mercedes models, featuring a dashboard with a free-standing digital display panel. With standard models, this gives you two 7.0in screens - one in front of the driver for the instruments and a centre-dash one for the infotainment functions. Pay extra and you can have both these displays uprated to 10.25-inches in size. The monitors are operated via Mercedes' MBUX operating system, which supports both touchpad and voice control. To give more of a crossover feel, the front seats are positioned 140mm higher than in the A-Class and there's 22mm more head room up front than in the original GLA. That previous car was a little cramped in the back: this one's better, thanks to a 30mm longer wheelbase, though a little disappointingly, rear head room has been reduced by 6mm. Out back, the quoted cargo capacity figure has fallen a little over the previous model - to 435-litres. The GLA 250e PHEV variant, due to under-floor battery placement, has even less room - 385-litres. Even here though, something like a folded baby buggy should easily fit.

Market and Model

Just how much are you prepared to pay for a really premium experience from your compact SUV? Well GLA pricing is going to put that to the test. From launch, this MK2 model was priced from around £32,000, but the GLA variant you're likely to want is almost certain to be in the £35,000 to £40,000 bracket - possibly more. If it's a GLA 250e Plug-in variant, it'll be £40,000 upwards. And if you want one of the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 or GLA 45 S 4MATIC high performance versions, think more like £45,000-£65,000. In the conventional range, there are six trim levels - 'Sport', 'Sport Executive' and four different flavours of 'AMG Line' - standard, 'Executive', 'Premium' and 'Premium Plus'. All GLA models have to be had with auto transmission - which is a 7G-DCT 7-speeder with the base 1.3-litre petrol engine: try and find the extra £1,500 necessary to upgrade from the base 136hp GLA 180 model with this unit to the perkier 163hp GLA 200 variant. The next stage up in mainstream GLA ownership is to go for one of the 2.0-litre engines, all of which are paired to an 8G-DCT 8-speed auto. The two base 'Sport' models include the option of the GLA 200d variant, which gets the brand's now-familiar OM654 diesel in a 150hp state of tune. Start your search from mid-range 'AMG Line' trim though - as most GLA customers do - and your choice of 2.0-litre options widens to also include the GLA 220d 4MATIC, which uses the same diesel engine uprated to 190hp and mated to 4WD. Or you can have the front-driven petrol-powered GLA 250, which offers 224hp and is really rather quick.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP-rated figures, which see both the GLA 180 and the GLA 200 returning 151g/km of CO2 and respective combined cycle fuel figures of 41.8 and 42.8mpg. Amongst direct rivals, these readings are good enough only to shade the rival Volvo XC40 T3 auto - and that's only because that Swedish contender is nearly 100kgs heavier. If you want to do better with a conventional powerplant, this GLA's much improved OM654 2.0-litre diesel unit beckons, capable of up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 140g/km of CO2 in 150hp front-driven form; and 49.6mpg and up to 148g/km in 190hp 4MATIC AWD guise. If you want to do better, you'll need the GLA 250e plug-in hybrid petrol model, which can put out WLTP-rated CO2 emissions of just 32g/km, record an official 2018.8mpg combined cycle fuel figure and can be charged from a 7.4kW wallbox in just 1 hour and 45 minutes. We'll also brief you on the performance figures achieved by the more performance-oriented 2.0-litre petrol GLA models. The 224hp GLA 250 manages up to 36.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 172g/km. For the 306hp Mercedes-AMG 35 4MATIC, it's up to 34.0mpg and up to 189g/km; and for the top, wild, 421hp Mercedes-AMG 45 S 4MATIC+, it's up to 29.7mpg and up to 215g/km. What else? Well, residuals will be strong, providing you don't go mad on the options list. As you'd expect, the Mercedes after-care package is comprehensive, with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty that's notably better than the restricted three year / 60,000 deal that rivals Audi offer. Most owners will also want to take advantage of a 'Service Care' option that spreads the cost of routine servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash. As mentioned elsewhere in this film, the 'Mercedes me' connect services package comes with a self-diagnostic feature, enabling it to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.

Summary

The GLA competes in a very different market today to the one it was launched in back in 2014 and this second generation model will offer stiffer opposition to key rivals like the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40. That's primarily because it's improved in the two main areas the old model fell a little short. That car looked a little unremarkable and it was a little cramped in the back. Both those issues have been thoroughly addressed here. Plus it'll be of considerable importance that this car - in its plusher forms anyway - has been equipped and finished with a silken thoroughness typical of the Three-Pointed Star. And in summary? Well every compact SUV in this class claims to take concept of sense and sensibility and add to it something of an adventurous streak. This GLA does that too, but with a bit of extra polish. We can see why you might like it.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions200.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display
  • 10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist
  • Augmented reality navigation
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Sport +, Slippery and Individual)
  • Easy-pack tailgate
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Instrument cluster - AMG sporty menu with gear indicator, warm up menu, set up menu, plus G meter, Race timer and engine data
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle set up
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming
  • Burmester surround sound system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system with AMG specific display designs, programs and engine data
  • Media interface

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Aerial for GPS
  • AMG body styling - Front apron with air deflectors on the outer air intakes
  • AMG body styling - larger air intake in black
  • AMG body styling - Rear air outtakes
  • AMG exhaust system with flap control dependent on drive program
  • AMG real performance exhaust sound system
  • AMG specific/dual flow exhaust pipes in chrome (non-functional)
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles with chrome insert for keyless entry
  • Car wash function
  • Dark privacy glass from B-pillar backwards
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
  • Front wings with TURBO 4MATIC lettering
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Heated windscreen wash system
  • LED tail lights in two piece design
  • LED third brake light
  • Multibeam LED headlamps with adaptive highbeam assist plus
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Roof spoiler
  • Signature AMG radiator grille

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 3 spoke AMG flat bottom performance sports steering wheel in black nappa leather with perforated grip area, 12 o'clock and silver chrome AMG lettering
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Ambient lighting in front headrests
  • AMG floor mats in black with AMG lettering and border in nubuck leather look finish
  • AMG illuminated door sills
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Centre console with AMG specific hand comforter and button to control manual transmission and 3 stage ESP
  • Courtesy light in boot
  • Electrically adjustable front memory seats with four way lumbar support
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
  • Leather trimmed gearknob
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Multi-gesture touchpad control on center console
  • Net in front passenger footwell
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Seat cushion angle adjustment
  • Seat cushion depth adjustment for improved seating
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with black rubber studs
  • Sports seats
  • Stowage compartment in centre console
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Twin front cup holders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

Packs

  • AMG Aerodynamics package - GLA
  • AMG Night package - GLA
  • Interior lighting with light and sight pack - GLA
  • Load compartment pack - GLA
  • Mirror pack - GLA Class
  • Off road engineering pack - GLA
  • Parking pack - GLA

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • AMG high performance brake system with silver brake callipers and black AMG lettering at the front, ventilated and perforated brake disc
  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • Keyless go lock/unlock
  • Keyless Go starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Vehicle key with decorative surround in chrome

Technical

  • Rear axle multi-link
  • Suspension with adaptive damping system

Trim

  • Carbon structure trim
  • Chrome air vent surrounds

Wheels

  • 21" AMG multi spoke light alloy wheels painted in matt black with high sheen rim flange
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.316
  • HC
    0.017
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    69
  • NOx
    0.014
  • Particles
    0.0004
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    200

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1991
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    11.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    8.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    24.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    32.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    306
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    4Matic
  • Coin Series
    Premium Plus
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    42E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • 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)
    5.2
  • Engine Power - BHP
    306
  • Engine Power - KW
    225
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3000
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/35 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/35 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1588
  • Length
    4436
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1849
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2020

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    51
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2190
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1430
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    495
  • Max. Loading Weight
    533
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1657
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.7
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"in the last week"

Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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