Test Drive 2015 MercedesBenz GLA Cool Hunting

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Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Test Drive: 2015 GLA

Part SUV, part roadster, the latest entry-level from the German automaker in the city and out

by Hans Aschim in on 16 April 2014

The spending of younger consumers have drastically in recent years—especially it comes to large purchases cars and real estate. due to economic forces or shifting norms (or a combination of both), are racing to appeal to this new of consumer by combining the luxury of the with the value this new of consumer seeks. With the launch of the Mercedes-Benz CLA —a high-end aimed at drawing young to the brand with a balance of and value unlike anything on the German automaker is continuing to its focus on new Benz owners the 2015 GLA. an attractive SUV cross-over with the feel of a car and off-road capability. We recently had the to drive from Los Angeles to Springs in the first GLAs to hit in the US. Though the face of Mercedes-Benz behind the wheel is changing, the and inventive engineering that the brand remains as cutting-edge as

With its striking features the GLA our progressive thinking and enthralls its off-road proportions, says Wagener, Vice President of at Daimler AG. The clearly defined convey power, poise and and we have managed to combine as emotional appeal as possible as much purity as necessary. One at the car reveals the design team’s to hit their goals. On the one hand, the rear overhang and high lines through the shoulder of the car it the classic G-Class SUV pedigree. a simple elegance balances out the of the car drawing on the sculpted notes of the The GLA is a true crossover, with rear space and off-road abilities yet with the appropriate functionality and style for the city.

Style notes aside, the of the GLA was designed specifically for aerodynamic to improve fuel efficiency and wind noise. The front of the car was lowered to improve overall while mirrors and taillights are in for even further reduced A multi-level door sealing along with fortified and tailgate seals contributes to the silent ride of the GLA.

the wheel of the GLA, all of the team’s notes are made tangible. On streets and highways, the car has a sharp with the raw power we’ve to expect from Mercedes. not necessarily a driver’s car, the GLA is for blending practicality with an driving experience. Ample room in the rear ensures gear for a weekend in the countryside fit. The fully foldable is also adjustable, making it comfortable—even for two full-sized adults.

There are several engine of the GLA and we had the pleasure of testing a few. The GLA 200 is more focused on efficiency power with its 156 horsepower but still manages to provide acceleration for passing and city However, for those looking for a enriched drive and off-road there’s no other way than the GLA 250 boasting 211 horsepower. The GLA is the first of the SUVs to come equipped the acclaimed all-wheel-drive system fully variable torque and a significantly lighter set of components similar competitor systems. In surfaces, like the gravely roads outside Palm the GLA 250 4Matic grips where fishtail. The brand is also an AMG version, complete with a handling package, lowered and a sports steering system—not to all the eye-catching badges and sport-styling. any of the engine options, the car’s frame makes for impressive Careening down the winding mountain roads—with sheer at every turn—the GLA suctioned to the and barreled through turns the tenacity of its higher-priced brethren.

The car’s interior plays on vertical lines, with a aesthetic running throughout. leathers, woodgrain and metals into the sophisticated contours. The one would expect from a driver’s seat are all present, an intuitive climate control heated sport memory and all in a range of materials and finishes to every taste. The car’s sunroof is perhaps its most feature. A fixed, glazed in the rear of the car bathes the backseat in light while the retracting of the sunroof is designed specifically to wind noise when An optional add-on sensor the retractable roof at the first of rain.

Though the models tested not equipped with the highly Apple CarPlay. the existing features simple smartphone with a focus on the iPhone. An app allows for usage of supported such as Siri, Twitter, simply by voice command. opted out of touch screens in of a dial command in the center While many of us may now think in the dial actually feels distracting once you get the hang of it, there is a slight learning

Part SUV, part sedan, the 2015 GLA offers the of both worlds at a value is sure to attract young, consumers to this storied The GLA hits lots across the US fall. Though pricing for the US market have not yet been expect them to be similar to the which starts at $29,900.

Photos by Hans Aschim

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