A sleek, accomplished larger siblings to 2012’s acclaimed A-Class, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is the manufacturer’s eagerly awaited entry in the compact SUV market.
Sleek looks, efficient engines and a roomy, luxurious interior are among the benefits offered by the new vehicle.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is ready to be discovered at your nearest Jardine Mercedes-Benz dealership today.
As well as seven airbags, the GLA-Class boasts a variety of sophisticated safety measures to prevent dangerous situations on the road. ABS with Brake Assist and an Electronic Stability Programme with Acceleration Skid Control assists drivers in retaining control of the vehicle in the worst conditions.
Less direct (but potentially no less important) standard measures include Attention Assist, which alerts the driver if they show signs of fatigue, and Collision Prevention Assist – a system designed to avoid the sort of rear-end shunts that occur in heavy traffic or on congested motorways.
A lithe, sculpted appearance underlines the lengthy silhouette of the GLA-Class.
Measuring 4417mm long and 1494mm high and with a 2699m wheelbase, the vehicle's chunky frame and ample dimensions give it a solid road presence.
The metal-finish bodyguards on the front and rear bumpers and cladding along the flanks, along with the 18" or 19" alloy wheels, emphasise the squat yet powerful image projected by the car.
Ample headroom and legroom, as well as 481 litres of storage space (which can be extended to 836 litres with the rear seats folded forward) ensure comfort and convenience for the occupants.
A high seating position provides excellent visibility, and higher-specification models come with such amenities as heated leather seats, a 7" touchscreen infotainment system, and a Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system.
Buyers of the GLA-Class can choose between two 2.2 litre diesel engines or a 2.0 litre, 208bhp turbocharged petrol engine.
The considerable punch of each powertrain, particularly at low revs, make the vehicle a confident performer on both suburban roads and motorways.
The petrol motor in particular delivers an exceptional turn of pace, with maximum torque of 350Nm at 1200-4000rpm boosting it from a standing start to 62mph in just 7.1 seconds.
These performance figures are made possible not only by the engines, but also by the aerodynamic qualities of the GLA-Class.
The streamlined shape of the car's bodywork, in addition to its underbody cladding and a rear diffuser, give it a superb drag coefficient of just 0.23.
This also contributes to the impressive fuel economy and low carbon output of the vehicle, particularly those equipped with the 2.2 litre, 134bhp diesel unit – which can return a combined mpg of 62.8 and emissions of just 119g/km.
|Vehicle length||4417 mm / 173.9 in|
||2022 mm / 79.6 in|
|Vehicle height||(Unladen) 1494 mm / 58.8 in|
|Wheelbase||2699 mm / 106.3 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN||1505kg / 3318 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||2.2 litre/4|
|Engine Capacity||2143 cc|
|Max Torque||300 nm @ 1400-3000 rpm|
|Max Power||136 kW @ 3400-4000 rpm|
|Top Speed||127 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 10.0 sec|
|Combined cycle||62.8 mpg|
|Urban cycle||51.4 mpg|