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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review: Roughing it in Benz’s Compact Crossover

The new 2015 GLA-Class is the smallest SUV you can get from the star-previously, the boxy GLK was the littlest in the brand’s lineup. With come great responsibilities, when it comes to German brands renowned for their and engineering prowess. Thankfully, the GLA well-armed for battle against the of the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque.

taking on those foes, bestowed the GLA with styling elegant, not gimmicky, and two solid plucked from the CLA sedan: a turbocharged 4-cylinder which 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and a GLA45 AMG version good for 355 and 332 lb-ft of torque. Both are through a 7-speed dual-clutch Unlike its coupe-inspired CLA counterpart, the roofline is more upright (as is its height), enabling more rear headroom, but similarly legroom. Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic drive is featured on the GLA250 and AMG models which will hit in September 2014, while a GLA250 is expected by next Official pricing has not yet been but the GLA should come in just the CLA’s $29,900 starting

Penned with a balanced this first-ever compact from Mercedes manages to both tasteful elegance and road presence-which takes on a aggressive demeanor when in leaner, meaner AMG form.

Inside, the cabin design a continuation of that theme, a slightly more aggressive language that incorporates bevels that make a big SUV-like statement. A solid of standard equipment includes wheels, a power liftgate, and a 5.8 display screen. Among the safety items are collision assist and attention assist. options include the premium which adds satellite dual zone climate and heated seats.

On-Road,

Sling a GLA250 across and you’ll find that the experience feels much the small sport /ute taut, compact, and nicely with a hint of jauntiness. the entry-level engine pales in to its burlier, 355 horsepower AMG counterpart, but the powerplant proves entirely for zipping around town. the base GLA’s suspension planted and confident in corners; add a suspension, and the ride gets but the handling moves up a notch. Opt for the and everything happens much 60 mph arrives in 4.8 seconds, direction feel sharp and instantaneous to stiffly tuned suspension, and the brakes brings you to a stop The GLA45 may not feel quite as or as hot rod-ish as most other but its

progressive performance and lusty make it more entertaining most when provoked.

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Perhaps the GLA’s biggest however, is its ability to negotiate and light offroad work. to the offroad mode, and Comand-equipped will display steering roll angle, and the percentage of on the nav screen-not what you’d expect from a small compact crossover. We even a rear wheel on a Euro-spec with a raised ride while traversing a challenging Despite its road-biased ride, the GLA can a confident course across and mud, delivering enough travel to make it through untrodden paths. Most crossovers don’t have hill descent control-and most don’t need it. But if you the slightest inclination to head off the path, it’s good to the GLA is ready for a bit of impromptu offroading if the or circumstance inspires.

Winning Formula

The 2015 GLA has all the classic ingredients for success: brand cachet, attractive and a relatively low cost of entry. a generous equipment list cost you (as will the pumped-up AMG but considering its value advantages the competition, we suspect the GLA will do well for itself in the long

Our advice? Opt for a GLA250, add a Premium and call it a day. Even if you take this bad boy offroad, get a nimble, well-constructed compact that delivers a rare of youthful energy and sophistication.


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