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Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AT Special Series

Big hopes for small GLA

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Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC is expected to be a big

You’ve seen them. everywhere. With market that even Starbucks dream of, and far less likely to a bitter taste in the mouth. hard to be all things to all people, but in cases compact SUVs to be giving buyers exactly they want — at that’s what the sales say.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC is to be a big seller

The enthusiasm with the carmakers have turned to rapidly growing segment now the biggest battle for designers, and the like is finding a point of from the rest of the pack.

At the end of the market — an area mostly populated by German — this is perhaps the obvious.

BMW’s ever-expanding of X models covers off everything the shopping basket buyer to who want to show off with monsters; Audi’s also a bit more performance into its with cooking S versions, and a stroppy little RS take on its Q3.

Mercedes-Benz has now thrown its hat into the SUV ring with the GLA — a different approach from the with a body style to being a wagon than the crossover style — and it from a little front-spinner to a bonkers AMG version, the GLA 45. The GLA is based on front-drive architecture that the A-Class and the slippery little CLA and is extremely important to the brand.

this trio, the platform-sharing — and one more mystery that will be revealed year, Mercedes has a more small car offering than before.

Last week the launch was held in Granada, where we got our hands on two of the three that will be sold in New on a variety of mountain roads, mad Spanish cities and even a bit of an jaunt.

While this, all crossovers, clearly signals its for light mud duties, the reality is most won’t see much off-road action than a in a leafy suburb somewhere. understands this well not to bother offering a special lift kit as an option here.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC

It does, have a couple of nice settings: a magic button adjusts the transmission and 4MATIC drive system to better with the bumpy stuff, and descent control, which the vehicle on super-steep bits to maximum grip from wheel.

The thing that’s going to work for the GLA is that it more like a muscular than your average SUV. It’s not too lofty, the design is very sporty looking comical and the smooth, lines give it one of the slipperiest in its class.

There is one glaring — which, thankfully, be available in New Zealand. The Edition 1 of the GLA 45 AMG, with its fast and decal collection, and rear that proves that the German sense of humour is and well. This version, extra drag created by the blows the aerodynamic lottery win the other versions enjoy and will, as a result, be a bit thirstier.

Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG has been in Spain

On the inside there’s a omission of off-road pretender cues, with the same and uncluttered dash design carries through from the of the A team. A large, curiously screen dominates the centre controlled by a console-mounted jog wheel once you’ve used it a of times, becomes almost in use. Large round air hint at its branch on the SLS supercar’s tree, and sporty seat make for a comfortable ride enough support for bursts of or when avoiding Spanish taking early siestas at the

The GLA is obviously not going to be chasing G across the Sahara, but proved capable on the short off-road we tackled.

The 4MATIC system its worth, giving steady and comfortable progress with neatly meted-out power allowed good climbing without excess wheelspin.

GLA does well in the small roader market

On the road, though, it was a testament to how much progress Mercedes-Benz has on its front-or-four-drive chassis since the A-Class of old — you remember, the elk hunter.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AT Special Series

The roads of southern were beautifully constructed but did a bit of effort with steep and winding runs through passes punctuated with corners that really put the through their paces.

New model mix is made up of three variants, which cover bases. The first we’ll see is the GLA 200 CDI, which will in April. It’s probably the pleasant to drive, with the engine subtracting some of the of the front end in the petrol models. But a $64,900 pricetag, the two-wheel-drive is a strong entry point the compact world.



The darling of our range is likely to be the GLA 250 — it’s a shade 10 grand more, at $76,900, but a higher spec and the all-wheel-drive its definitely our early pick in of value. That said, we at Driven are big fans of well-sorted machines, and the GLA 45 AMG is as much a weapon as the A 45 and CLA 45 that it shares its very beating heart with. The AMG fortified with 1.8 bar of turbo is a mad machine, and despite the slightly set-up of the GLA is still extremely even when belting endless sets of tight at, let’s say Euro touring

The biggest challenge for Mercedes-Benz the GLA Class is actually going to be

The vehicles on this platform are to the company, but with its new bread-and-butter sitting on the new MRA rear-drive platform, on the way and new plants being built, still be tough to meet according to Mercedes board Dr Thomas Weber.

We are 60 per cent volume on the MFA architecture vehicles, he Driven, and we’re very on a compact car offensive.

But it can only be a success if the vehicles are available either at the same time or as as possible. Customers want to cars and we’re not able to

Dr Weber admits this is a but underlines that Mercedes are being brought online as as possible to satisfy the markets for the smaller MFA-based machines and the MRA-underpinned cars.

His predictions of growth around these SUVs are echoed by Mercedes-Benz New boss Ben Giffin, who believes GLA not only be one of the company’s most vehicles this year, but prove to be a showroom star.


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