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).
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.
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
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine and seven-speed automatic transmission
18-inch alloy wheels
Automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights
Front and rear parking sensors
Active parking assist
Pre-Safe accident anticipation system
Collision prevention assist
Blind spot assist
Artico leather upholstery
Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
Dual-zone climate control
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
Fully electric front seats with memory function
Heated front seats
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
Distronic plus adaptive cruise control
Lane keeping assist
AMG performance seats, steering wheel and instrument cluster
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
GLA45 AMG $79,900
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