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by Tim Beissmann

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has arrived in Australia priced from $47,900.

The GLA-Class crossover expands the luxury German brand’s popular compact car line-up, joining the A-Class hatchback, B-Class MPV and CLA-Class four-door coupe, and sits beneath the large ML-Class to become Benz’s smallest SUV.

The first variant to launch is the entry-level Mercedes-Benz GLA200 CDI, which is priced to compete with the $47,500 Audi Q3 2.0 TDI, $46,300 BMW X1 sDrive18d, and the $49,995 Land Rover Evoque eD4 Pure.

Joining the front-drive diesel variant in the coming months will be the all-wheel-drive petrol-powered $57,900 GLA250 (July) and the high-performance $79,900 GLA45 AMG (October).

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The GLA-Class employs a range of turbocharged four-cylinder engines and seven-speed automatic transmissions familiar from Mercedes-Benz’s existing small-car family.

Powering the GLA200 CDI (pictured) is a 2.1-litre diesel engine that produces 100kW between 3400-4000rpm and 300Nm from 1400-3000rpm. Mercedes claims a 9.9-second 0-100km/h sprint and combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.6 litres per 100km.

The GLA250’s petrol unit produces 155kW at 5500rpm and 350Nm from 1200-4000rpm, claims to reach 100km/h from rest in 7.1 seconds, and uses 7.0L/100km combined.

The ballistic GLA45 AMG’s Affalterbach-built motor delivers a whopping 265kW at 6000rpm and 450Nm between 2250-5000rpm and claims to stop the clock in 4.8 seconds after reaching triple figures.

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At 4417mm long, 1804mm wide, 1494mm tall and riding on a 2699mm wheelbase, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is, for comparison’s sake, 32mm longer, 27mm thinner and 96mm shorter in height than the Q3, as well as 96mm longer between the wheels.

Its 421-litre boot expands to 1235L with the 60:40 split-fold rear seats pushed forwards. An auto tailgate is standard across the range.

CarAdvice is at the Australian launch of the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class in Victoria this week. Stay tuned for our review, coming soon.

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class: Key features model by model

GLA200 CDI
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine and seven-speed automatic transmission
Stop/start engine
18-inch alloy wheels
Automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights
Auto wipers
Front and rear parking sensors
Active parking assist
Pre-Safe accident anticipation system
Collision prevention assist
Blind spot assist
Nine airbags
Artico leather upholstery
5.8-inch display
Reverse-view camera
Satellite navigation
Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
Dual-zone climate control
Six speakers

GLA250 (gains over GLA200 CDI)
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine and seven-speed automatic transmission
4Matic all-wheel drive
19-inch gloss black alloy wheels
Intelligent light system
Off-road engineering package
Passenger mirror with reverse parking position
Anti-theft alarm with interior monitoring and tow-away protection
Panoramic sunroof
Fully electric front seats with memory function
Heated front seats

GLA45 AMG
2.0-litre four-cylinder AMG turbo petrol engine and seven-speed automatic transmission
20-inch alloy wheels
AMG body kit
AMG braking system, performance exhaust and sports suspension
Red brake calipers
Three-stage ESC
Distronic plus adaptive cruise control
Lane keeping assist
AMG performance seats, steering wheel and instrument cluster
7.0-inch display
Voice control
Internet connectivity
Digital radio
Harman Kardon surround sound system with 12 speakers
Red seatbelts and stitching
Brushed stainless steel sports pedals

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class range
GLA200 CDI $47,900
GLA250 $57,900
GLA45 AMG $79,900

Click the Photos tab above for more images of the new GLA-Class.




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