Mercedes-Benz GLA (2014–2020)

Model History

August 2013

Mercedes-Benz GLA revealed

The first Mercedes-Benz in the fast-growing compact SUV segment is highly manoeuvrable around town (length x width x height 4,417 x 1,804 x 1,494 millimetres), lively on country roads and dynamic and efficient on the motorway. The GLA is the first Mercedes-Benz SUV to be optionally available with the new-generation permanent all-wheel drive system 4MATIC, with fully variable torque distribution in the UK.

The rear seat backrests can not only be folded down completely, but are also adjustable for angle if required. The generous luggage compartment (421 – 836 litres) is well-presented and can be loaded without difficulty thanks to the low sill and the wide tailgate, which opens automatically as an option.

The particularly rigid body structure provides a reliable basis for a wide range of applications. Initially the power range of the 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines will extend from 156PS in the GLA 200 to 211PS in the GLA 250.

The GLA 200 CDI develops 136PS and maximum torque of 300Nm and has a displacement of 2.2 litres. It emits only 114g/km CO2. The GLA 220 CDI likewise has a displacement of 2.2 litres and develops 170PS and 350Nm.

The GLA from Mercedes-Benz is optionally available with a new generation of the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system featuring fully variable torque distribution. This all-wheel drive system excels with high traction reserves and outstanding agility combined with superlative driving safety and energy efficiency.

Automatic transmissions are 7G-DCT, twin oil clutch, not dry clutch.

The components of the 4MATIC system include the power take-off to the rear axle that is integrated into the 7G-DCT automatic dual clutch transmission, and the rear-axle gear with integrated, electrohydraulically controlled multi-disc clutch. This set-up allows fully variable distribution of the drive torque between front and rear axles. Additional benefits of this design are a lower system weight than is available from the competition, and high efficiency.

Model GLA 200 GLA 250/
GLA 200 CDI GLA 220 CDI/
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line
Displacement (cc) 1,595 1,991 2,143 2,143
Rated output (PS at rpm) 156 at 5300 211 at
136 at
170 at
Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 250 at
350 at
300 at
350 at

January 2014

GLA 45 AMG revealed

The AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine is the most powerful series-production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world. It produces 360PS and develops a peak torque of 450Nm. The AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is assembled purely by hand in accordance with the traditional AMG philosophy of "one man, one engine". Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative production quality, the AMG engine badge bearing the engine fitter's signature also attests the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz's high-performance brand.

The GLA 45 AMG comes with variable AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard while fuel economy is 37.6mpg with emissions of 175g/km. In standard specification the GLA 45 AMG runs on five-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted titanium grey with high-sheen finish, mounted with tyres of size 235/45 R 19. As an optional extra from the AMG Performance Studio, customers can opt for larger 10-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels with tyres of size 235/40 R 20 – these are available painted titanium grey with high-sheen finish or painted matte black.

What does a Mercedes-Benz GLA (2014 – 2020) cost?

List Price from £34,145
Buy new from £31,665
Contract hire from £235.19 per month