The steering setup also seems nicely judged...
Ride and Handling
Some crossover models have the roly-poly gait of an SUV when driven vigorously on a twisty country road. This one does display a touch more body roll than the A-Class on which it is based, but body control is pretty good overall. Front suspension is traditional McPherson struts, while the rear suspension is a sophisticated multilink design. The standard ride height of the GLA is about two inches higher than that of an A-Class, and there is a bit more absorption built into the suspension.
Over a bumpy surface it cushions a little better than its hatchback stablemate, and the general ride quality is a bit more supple. The steering setup also seems nicely judged, weighted about right for in-town manoeuvrability, but not lightening up too much at speed, and with reasonable feel.
Ease of Use
There is more boot space in this car than either of its key rivals can provide. The GLA’s standard luggage capacity is 481 litres, about 40 per cent more than an A-Class, and also superior to either of its main German opposition. The GLA has 21 litres more than an Audi Q3’s boot, and 61 litres more than a BMW X1’s.
With the back seats folded, and just the two front seats available, the GLA’s carrying capacity increases to 1,235 litres, giving it the versatility of a roomy hatchback for trips to the garden centre or DIY store. The rear seat backs can also be set at different angles, fully upright to maximise boot space, or partially reclined when there is not too much luggage in the boot and passengers want to travel a bit more relaxed.