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MERCEDES-BENZ GLA HATCHBACK

GLA 180 Sport 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
Emissions150.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed124mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 180 degree reversing camera with parking guidelines
  • 7 inch digital instrument cluster display
  • 7" touchscreen media display
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ 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
  • 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)
  • Speed limit assist
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Media interface
  • Mercedes-Benz sound system - 100W

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Aerial for GPS
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Automatic headlamp activation
  • Beltline strips and weather strip in chrome
  • Black grained claddings with chrome parts
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Car wash function
  • Dark chrome front and rear apron trim
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
  • Exhaust system with dual flow exhaust pipes (non-functional)
  • Front bumper with underride guard in high gloss chrome
  • Front door sills with Mercedes-Benz lettering
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Heated windscreen wash system
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights in two piece design
  • LED third brake light
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Roof spoiler
  • Simulated body styling underguard in matt chrome
  • Single lamella radiator grille painted in silver matt with chrome inlay and black dots

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 3 spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Artico man-made leather/Fleron fabric upholstery
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Comfort seats
  • Courtesy light in boot
  • Floor mats in velour
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Gearshift paddles
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • 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
  • 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

  • Comfort seat pack - GLA Class
  • Interior lighting with light and sight pack - GLA
  • Load compartment 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
  • 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 starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Vehicle key with decorative surround in chrome

Technical

  • Comfort suspension
  • Rear axle multi-link

Trim

  • Chrome air vent surrounds
  • Spiral look trim

Wheels

  • 18" 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels aerodynamically optimised painted in black with a high sheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.166
  • HC
    0.027
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    66
  • NOx
    0.023
  • Particles
    0.0005
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    150

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1332
  • Compression Ratio
    10.6:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    43.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Sport
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    23E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    90
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    79
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • 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)
    9.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    148
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    20.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    200
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1460
  • Top Speed
    124

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1611
  • Length
    4410
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1834
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2020

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    43
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2010
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1430
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    495
  • Max. Loading Weight
    530
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    740
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1480
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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