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Mercedes-Benz GLA Class

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Class summary

The Mercedes GLA is the smallest SUV in the lineup. Along with the A-Class hatchback, the GLA Class is responsible for being the gateway for people to the Mercedes brand. The GLA-Class production model was presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and it was based closely on the Concept GLA design.

With a drag coefficient of 0.29, Mercedes-Benz claimed the vehicle was the most aerodynamic in its class at the time of launch. The Mercedes-Benz GLA crossover shared the A-class hatchback's front-wheel-drive MFA architecture. The GLA's platform uses a strut-type front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension.

In 2014, the Mercedes GLA Class was introduced to the Indian market for the first time. It competed with the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, and was priced at Rs 32.75 lakh (ex-showroom).

Mercedes refreshed the GLA SUV in 2017, adding more equipment and styling changes to the exterior and interior. It was launched at Rs 30.65 lakh. At the Detroit auto show, for the first time, the redesigned GLA was introduced to the world. The 2017 GLA lineup retains the same engine options as the pre-facelift model in India. In 2020, it was phased out and replaced by the new second-generation GLA.

Powering the Mercedes GLA Class is a 2.1 liter (2143 cc) four-cylinder diesel engine available in two states of tune: 136 bhp and 300 Nm in the 200d and 170 bhp and 350 Nm in the 220 d. Also, there's a 2.0 liter (1991 cc) petrol engine that churns out 183 bhp of max power and 300 Nm of peak torque.

The Mercedes Benz GLA Class is offered in both petrol and diesel fuel types.

The engines on the GLA class come mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission.

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Ever since 2014, the GLA Class, being the most affordable entry to the Mercedes brand, has been an important product in its India portfolio. And despite criticism that it looks more like a jagged-up hatchback than a true SUV, this small crossover has managed to hold its own over time. Mercedes added further models afterwards, such as the performance-spec GLA 45 AMG, or provided the all-wheel-drive system on the GLA 220d in 2016 with an off-road mode as well. Mercedes gave the automobile a facelift roughly three years after it was first introduced.

The Mercedes Benz GLA Class is offered in the following variants: 200 d style, 200 Sport, Urban Edition 200, 200 d Sport, Urban Edition 200 d, 220 d 4 Matic, and Urban Edition 220 d.

The Mercedes Benz GLA Class is offered in five attractive colors -Iridium Silver, Polar White, Denim Blue Metallic, Mountain Grey Metallic, and Cosmos Black Metallic.

Top features on the Mercedes GLA Class include an ambient lighting system with 12 selectable colors, a large panoramic sunroof, attention assist, an 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, an Android Auto, powered front seats with memory, and a powered tailgate.

Key safety features on the Mercedes GLA Class include multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), pressure monitoring system, attention assist, and reversing camera.

The Mercedes GLA Class is available at a price range of Rs 32.33 to 41.51 lakhs (ex-showroom).

In the Indian market, the Mercedes GLA competes with cars like BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mini Cooper Countryman, and the Volvo XC 40.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class Price in India

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CityEx Showroom Price

New Delhi41,51,000

Kolkata41,51,000

Mumbai41,51,000

Pune41,51,000

Hyderabad41,51,000

Bengaluru41,51,000

Chennai41,51,000

Kochi41,51,000

Patna41,51,000

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Class PRO’s & CON’s

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Cabin is tastefully designed and feels properly premium.

The seats are comfortable, and the little extendable under-thigh support on both front seats is a lovely touch.

Choice of both petrol and diesel engine is offered.

Both the engines offer adequate performance and are very drivable in town too.

It's in the corners where this setup flourishes, and that's where the GLA shines. Furthermore, it drives like a car. Around a turn, it stays flat and glued to the road. The steering provides superb feedback, and the grip provided by the large tires and the all-wheel-drive system makes the GLA fun to drive on winding roads.

The space, on the whole, isn't that vast compared to its competitors; both legroom and headroom at the back are barely enough. Plus, the narrow window area adds to the claustrophobic feeling.

Misses some equipment like ventilated seats, there's no audio warning when you are getting forward or reversing, and apple car play and android auto offered are not wireless.

Because the GLA features a stiff suspension setup, it has a rough ride at town speeds, especially when traveling over bad roads or bumps.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Class EXPERT REVIEWS

The Mercedes GLA is the smallest SUV in the lineup. The GLA Class is sure to please customers, with a higher aesthetic quotient than some of its competitors. Although interior plushness, upscale ambiance, and equipment are all taken great care of, there are still a few key items missing from the list, also space is a concern, especially in the back seat. Even though the petrol and diesel engines aren't the most powerful in the class, they don't feel out of breath. The 220d, on the other hand, is the clear winner, with smooth performance and all-wheel drive as an option. In a nutshell, the GLA ticks all the boxes if you're seeking an affordable Mercedes-Benz with respectable off-road capability and good on-road performance.

The 220d model's 2.1-liter diesel engine produces 170 horsepower and 350 Nm, and this engine has been the backbone of the Mercedes fleet, driving everything from the A- to the E-class, and it performs a respectable job on the GLA. The engine accelerates quickly and produces power at low rpm. A tiny power surge occurs about 1700rpm, after which the power delivery is consistent all the way to the redline. The disadvantage is the sound level, which is louder than you'd anticipate from a car costing more than Rs 30 lakh. At low revs, the sound is pretty noticeable, but the engine becomes quite noisy as the speed increases. Because the GLA features a stiff suspension setup, it has a rough ride at town speeds, especially when traveling over bad roads or bumps. Nonetheless, as the pace increases, the ride improves considerably. But it's in the corners where this setup flourishes, and that's where the GLA shines.

The GLA might not be the most SUV-looking or most performance-oriented SUV on the market. It does, however, provide a sleek vehicle that can do some light off-roading and is well-equipped. It will also appeal to individuals who want to stand out from the crowd of SUVs.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class key specification

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Body Type SUV

Fuel Type Diesel

ARAI Mileage 17.9 kmpl

Seating Capacity 5

TransmissionType Automatic

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