“The best or nothing”
The Mercedes GLA is a luxury SUV unveiled by the German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
It was previously unveiled to the public at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013 as a concept car.
Designed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, It slots below the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, renamed GLC-Class from 2015.
The GLA-Class shares its platform with the A-Class and B-Class, with a similar range of petrol and diesel engines.
The measure of a Mercedes-Benz SUV is its well-rounded capability.
So the GLA’s engineers traveled around the globe to cross-train it: 288 sprints around the Nürburgring. 450 Alpine corners, climbing up to 14,000 feet. 1,000 miles at a test site for tanks. The GLA doesn’t just look agile and muscular. The shape you see is the shape it’s in.
Despite the name, drivers tend to expect less sport and more utility from an SUV.
The confident chassis of the GLA does more than its share to set the balance right, and its cockpit follows through. Crisp gauges and precise controls team up for pure driving fun. You’ll still enjoy the GLA’s abundant space.