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Mercedes-Benz GLA

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The Mercedes-Benz GLA is a mid-sized crossover vehicle, based on the A-Class hatchback and similar models (B-Class, CLA). The current model is the second generation, which arrived in the UK in summer 2020.

The GLA was originally launched with a range of petrol and diesel engines, with a plug-in hybrid option added to the range later in 2020. A higher-performance model called the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is also available – we are building a separate page for this model, so check back soon.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA has received generally good reviews from the UK motoring media since launch. It is considered a significant improvement over the original GLA, with more space and far better driving characteristics. It has also been praised for its sophisticated technology compared to rivals.

The biggest criticism, and the factor that has dragged its overall Expert Rating score down significantly below most rivals, is its high price tag.

Key specifications

Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £31,785 on-road

Launched: Spring 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

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MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2021

96%

ADULT OCCUPANT

90%

CHILD OCCUPANT

79%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

75%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Mercedes-Benz GLA has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic before resuming in the second half of the year.

Security rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

No security rating

The Mercedes-Benz GLA has not yet been tested for anti-theft protection by Thatcham Research. This is a new initiative that was launched in 2019 to assess, in particular, the security of new cars with keyless entry and keyless start systems. Testing was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we will update this page with results as and when the GLA is given a security rating.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mercedes-Benz GLA has won

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Small Premium SUV

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