Mercedes Benz GLA-Class Road Test (2014)

Mercedes Benz GLA-Class (Interior View) (2014)

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Review

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Work it hard, and refinement starts to suffer...

Comfort and Refinement

There is a small penalty to pay for the robust performance of Mercedes’ 2.1 litre diesel engine. Work it hard, and refinement starts to suffer. This is not the quietest engine in its class. Noise suppression and soundproofing mostly keep it reasonably muted, but when you are in press-on driving mood, the engine note becomes a bit gruff and makes you aware of it doing its job.

General comfort is fair. There is more headroom in the GLA than an A-Class, so there is a bit more room to stretch. Mercedes seats tend to be rather firmly supportive, and the GLA follows that trend. You sit quite high in this car, although it does not have quite as obviously elevated a driving position as, say, a Q3.

Safety and Security

The Mercedes A-Class is a five star car in Euro NCAP crash testing. The GLA has not been tested, but as it is basically the same structure the same high standard of safety provision applies. There is a generous complement of airbags and electronic safety aids that include collision prevention assist, to activate the brakes if the car detects that you are not reacting quickly enough to an emergency situation looming ahead.


All GLAs come with roof rails, 18-inch alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers, collision prevention assist and privacy glass. A reversing camera is also standard kit, and a very useful provision to give a good look backwards for reversing, which might otherwise be a problem because you sit quite high up and would otherwise have to look past quite thick rear pillars. AMG Line versions additionally have sports suspension, sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and other detailing to enhance the cabin appeal

  • BMW X1
  • Audi Q3
What We Liked
  • Elevated outlook
  • Rugged look to the styling, quite hunky
  • A bit more ground clearance than usual
  • Good headroom all round
  • Classy looking air vents, and five of them across the dash
  • Well sized boot, bigger than an A-Class
  • Good fuel economy
  • Strong performance from gutsy 2.1 litre diesel engine
  • Reasonable CO2 emissions
  • Standard collision prevention assist
What We Disliked
  • Diesel engine sounds a bit gruff when worked hard
  • Body roll through the bends
What We Would Like To See
  • A bit more engine refinement or extra soundproofing

If your motoring needs would be met by a car with hatchback versatility, elevated seating and a rugged body style, the GLA is certainly worth a look. Well-built, with a classy cabin, good driving manners, strong performance and very reasonable economy, the GLA has a lot of good things going for it.

11 June 2014 Sue Baker
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Mercedes Benz GLA Class Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz GLA 200 AMG Line Executive CDI
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourCirrus White
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph10.0 Seconds
Top Speed 127 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Extra Urban72.4
Insurance Group25
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 11/06/14)£26,850

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