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

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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

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