Mercedes-Benz GLA (2020–)

Model History

December 2019

Mercedes-Benz GLA revealed

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA has been revealed as a rival to the BMW X2 and Volvo XC40, with prices likely to start from around £27,000 when it goes on sale in 2020.

The brand's entry-level SUV is predictably very similar to the latest A-Class, B-Class and GLB - all of which feature class-leading interiors and desirable technology such as the latest MBUX infotainment system.

Unlike its predecessor, which was little more than an A-Class with a smidgen more ground clearance, the new GLA looks like a genuinely stylish crossover SUV. Despite being marginally shorter than before, it's got a longer wheelbase and is taller and wider, meaning there's more space inside.

The seating position for both the driver and front passenger is higher and more upright than before, while legroom in the rear is now more generous. All-round visibility has also been improved.

The engine line-up will mirror the A-Class's, starting with a 1.3-litre petrol badged the GLA 200. This produces 163PS and is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, capable of accelerating to 62mph in 8.7 seconds. Officially it'll return between 47.9 and 50.4mpg.

At the other end of the scale, the GLA 35 AMG is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 306PS. This'll run from 0 to 62mph in 5.1 seconds and on to limited top speed of 155mph.

All GLA models feature numerous safety assist systems, while four-wheel-drive models get an Off-Road Engineering Package including an additional driving program, a downhilll driving assist function and a special light function for the LED headlights.

On sale in the UK in Spring 2020.

February 2020

Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 S announced

Features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 421PS. UK specifications to be confirmed ahead of it going on sale in April with deliveries from summer 2020.

March 2020

Mercedes-Benz GLA on sale priced from £32,640

The new Mercedes-Benz GLA is on now on sale, with prices starting from £32,640 for the entry-level GLA 200 Sport. First customer deliveries are expected to arrive in summer 2020.

The GLA is available with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. The GLA 200 uses a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 163 hp and 250 Nm. It emits 129-137 g/km of CO2 (NEDC) – depending on specification – and can deliver up to 43.5 mpg (WLTP). The GLA 250 uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine which can generate up to 224 hp and 350 Nm, while delivering up to 38.2 mpg and emitting 148-153 g/km of CO2.

The diesel-powered GLA 200 d – available in either two-wheel or all-wheel-drive has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine capable of producing 150 hp and 320 Nm. It can deliver up to 53.3 mpg and emits just 121-126 g/km (51.4 mpg and 130-138 g/km for the 200 d 4MATIC). The GLA 220 d has a 2.0-litre diesel engine with an output of 190 hp and 400 Nm. The 220 d can achieve up to 51.4 mpg and emits 133-140 g/km. The GLA 200 comes as standard with the 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission while all other engines use the 8G-DCT eight-speed gearbox.

The entry-level Sport equipment line – only on the 200 and 200 d - includes as standard: 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels; LED headlights; heated front seats; aluminium roof rails; MBUX multimedia system and Mercedes me Connectivity, with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice-activated virtual assistant and services including free music subscription and find parking facilities; a seven-inch touchscreen media display; a seven-inch digital cockpit and Thermatronic two-zone air conditioning system. For an additional £1500 Sport Executive offers both front and rear parking sensors; Mirror package; Smartphone integration with wireless charging and a 10.25-inch central media display.

AMG Line adds 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels; privacy glass; AMG bodystyling; ARTICO/DINAMICA sports seats with red contrast stitching and a carbon-structure trim.

AMG Line Executive comes with front and rear parking sensors; Mirror package; smartphone integration and wireless charging and a 10.25-inch central media display as standard.

AMG Line Premium offers Keyless Entry; illuminated door sills; mid-range sound system; augmented reality for navigation; 64-colour ambient lighting; tow bar pre-installation and a 10.25-inch digital cockpit. The AMG Line Premium Plus equipment line adds a panoramic sunroof; memory seats; traffic sign assist and Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus.

The Driving Assistance package is optionally available – for £1,495.00 – in conjunction with AMG Line Premium Plus, and includes Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC; Parking Assist and navigation; Active Steer Assist; Active Speed Limit Assist; route-based speed adjustment when approaching bends, roundabouts, and toll stations; Evasive Steering Assist; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Active Blind Spot Assist; Active Brake Assist with turning manoeuvre and cross-traffic function; and PRE-SAFE® PLUS.

Metallic paint can be added for £595, in a choice of five colours. The designo Patagonia red metallic paint can be specified for £795.

June 2020

Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic priced from £43,565

The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic is now on sale with a choice of three trim lines: GLA 35 4Matic; GLA 35 4Matic Premium; and GLA 35 4Matic Premium Plus. Prices start at £43,565, £46,065 for the Premium equipment level and £50,000 for Premium Plus models.

The GLA 35 features a 2.0-litre petrol engine, which produces 306PS and 400Nm. It has a top speed of 155mph and can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds. The GLA 35 4Matic can achieve between 34.5 and 32.5mpg and emits between 186 and 198g/km of CO2, depending on specification.

An 8G-DCT eight-speed gearbox is standard across the range.

Standard equipment includes MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation; smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; wireless smartphone charging; privacy glass; heated front seats; a seven-inch digital cockpit display and 10.25-inch infotainment display; Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist; 19-inch 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels; AMG suspension; AMG performance steering wheel in Nappa leather; reversing camera; Keyless-Go starting function; and automatic two-zone climate control.

The AMG Premium equipment line - £2500 over the standard model - adds a 10.25-inch digital cockpit; MBUX augmented reality for navigation; ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; AMG Night package; pre-installation for a tow bar; illuminated door sills; 20-inch AMG alloy wheels; Keyless Entry (lock/unlock); and Mercedes-Benz sound system.

For another £3500, the AMG Premium Plus equipment line includes Adaptive Damping; AMG Aerodynamic package; 21-inch AMG alloy wheels; Burmester surround sound system; front electric memory seats; Multibeam LEDs with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; and Panoramic glass sunroof.

The Driving Assistance package – available on Premium Plus only – can be added for £1495 comprises Active Blind Spot Assist; Active Braking Assist with cross-traffic function; Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC; Active Emergency Stop Assist; Active Lane-change Assist; Active Speed Limit Assist; Active Steering Assist; Evasive Steering Assist; Pre-Safe Plus; and route-based speed adjustment.

The GLA 45 S 4Matic+ will cost £58,755, or £64,775 for the range-topping GLA 45 S 4MATIC+ Plus.

The GLA 45 S 4MATIC+ uses a hand-built 2.0-litre petrol engine which can generate 421 hp and 500 Nm, making it the most powerful 2.0-litre engine in series production. It delivers between 29.7 and 28.8 combined mpg while emitting between 215 and 224 g/km of CO2.

The engine is mated to an 8G-DCT eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment includes 20-inch AMG five-twin-spoke alloy wheels; AMG Night package; AMG high performance braking system; twin 10.25-inch cockpit and media displays; ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; MBUX augmented reality for navigation; Mercedes-Benz Advanced Sound System; smartphone integration including wireless charging; AMG performance steering wheel; and AMG performance seats.

For an additional £6000, the GLA 45 S 4MATIC+ Plus adds Adaptive Damping; 21-inch AMG alloys; Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; Aerodynamics package; panoramic sunroof; Multi-Contour Seat package; electrically adjustable front seats; Blind Spot Assist; Burmester surround sound system; and Traffic Sign Assist.

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

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