Mercedes Benz GLA Overview
No prizes for guessing that the GLA was a gamble for Mercedes Benz who generally love to play it safe with genres, a sedan is a sedan, a hatch is a hatch and, you guessed it, an SUV is an SUV. The GLA, however, which debuted in 2013 was a crossover with large tyres, a hatch-ish design and perhaps most uncharacteristically was also front wheel drive. Now while the design might have been the source of a lot of negative commentaries, the GLA was still a runaway success, beating out the other German confused .. erm .. crossover competition. 2016 saw Mercedes launch the 220d which was essentially the same car, with an all-wheel-drive system and a proper off-road mode. The message was loud and clear, this is not just some play in the mud crossover, but a proper overland vehicle that isn’t as bulky as your run of the mill seven-seater SUV. This car in the images, however, is the 220d with a minor nip and tuck, the 2017 facelift. View offers on Mercedes Cars from Mercedes dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Mercedes Benz GLA Look
The GLA-Class is a very dynamic looking compact luxury SUV with all the right curves and angles that gives the vehicle a very sporty and contemporary stance. The large grille, swept back head lamps, large central air dam and flared wheel archs give the GLA-Class good road presence. The side profile is sleek but the large wheels and side cladding give it a rugged appearance. The rear profile has a squat down sporty appearance further accentuated by the twin tail pipes.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has an imposing front end design
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a sporty rear profile
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a sleek side profile
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has 183mm of ground clearance
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has large bumpers
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class’ headlamps are swept back side ways and have a DRL element flowing across the top section
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has sporty rectangular tail lamps
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has fog lamps
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes with 235/50 R18 section tyres
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes fitted with alloy wheels while the space saver spare wheel has a steel rim
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has trapezoidal ORVMs with integrated turn indicators
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is offered in a choice of four colours
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a rear wiper
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has roof rails
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Sport models come with a sun roof
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a rear spoiler
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class does not have side steps
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a space saver steel rimmed spare wheel
Mercedes Benz GLA Comfort
The interiors of the GLA-Class are well built with good quality materials and fit and finish is good too. The seats are large and supportive, although the rear seat could have offered more under thigh support. The GLA is a very well equipped vehicle and it’s dual sun roof that gives it a very airy feel inside. The vehicle may have a boot space of 421 litres but the space saver spare wheel eats into some space.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class offers 421 litres of boot space
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a well laid out sporty speedo meter
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a stalk type gear lever mounted on the steering column
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has front and rear cup holders
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a illuminated glovebox
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has an infotainment system with a central controller
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a climate control air conditioning system
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has front and rear arm rests
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has circular air vents finished in chrome
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has large and supportive seats, although the rear seats could have offered more under thigh support
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has limited leg room for tall passengers
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class offer adequate knee room
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class offers good shoulder space
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class offers limited head room for tall passengers
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a sporty steering wheel
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has power windows all around
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes with key less entry
Driver Information Display
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a driver information system
Mercedes Benz GLA Gearbox
In terms of powertrain, the GLA is available with a 1,991cc petrol engine and the 2,143cc which will be available in two states of tune. The 220d that we have on test, has the higher state of tune putting out 170 hp and 350 Nm of torque compared to the 200ds 136hp and 300 Nm of torque. The higher output engine is also the only one to get the Mercedes-Benz 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. The refinement of the engine isn’t top-notch and leaves room for improvement considering the 30 lakh plus price tag.
The engine is quite audible at low revs, which becomes even more pronounced on cold start and gets more noticeable when you push the engine outside the range of its comfort zone. On the plus side, the GLA also gets a few new driving modes with an off-road and a customisable mode for user preferences. Now while the GLA is far from an SUV, it is still capable off-road and is best suited for longer overland drives with bad roads or short excursions off-road. To further enunciate that the GLA has also been given a proper off-road mode which controls the brakes and engine revs while descending on a slope, estimating the best speed at which to complete the ramp.
Mercedes Benz GLA Rideing
The SUV can crack a top speed of 205 kmph, which is again remarkable and with a strong suspension system, the vehicle is able to sustain all the difficulties of Indian roads with ease.The GLA-Class has a reasonably comfortable ride and never really tosses you about. But more NVH padding would definetly isolate bad roads better.
Mercedes Benz GLA Safety
Mercedes Benz GLA Class has a strong safety system with the presence of adaptive brake lights flashing, attention assist, LED headlamps, hill start assist and many other features. Mercedes Benz GLA Class comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as well that reduces the chances to over steer and over turn.
Mercedes Benz Gla Class Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 31,71,088/- (GLA Class 200 d Style) to 36,73,423/- (GLA Class 220 d 4MATIC). Get best offers for Mercedes Benz Gla Class from Mercedes Benz Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Benz GLA price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
Mercedes Benz GLA Verdict
Overall, the GLA has been a great volume seller for Mercedes-Benz and will probably continue to be one, thanks to it’s very reasonable pricing and of course, the dimensions of a road car mated with a four-wheel drive system and some added ground clearance. The GLA in various flavours can be had for between 30.65 lakh to 36.75 lakh, depending on the engine and interior trim, but it does make a great value offering until Mercedes-Benz launch the new GLA with the refreshed platform and new E-Class sourced 2.0 litre diesel.