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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA revealed: more practicality for BMW X2 rival

Published 11 December 2019

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.

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

Final prices and specifications will be confirmed ahead of the new GLA going on sale in the UK in Spring.

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