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Mercedes GLA 2014 review, specs and price

Mercedes is claiming that their newest car is an SUV but it’s not even as tall as a Vauxhall Astra. The new Mercedes GLA is probably better described as an alternative to the A-Class and it could easily be argued that this is the car that the A-Class should always have been. Anyway, our Mercedes GLA 2014 review should probably start with a look at the car’s specs.

Mercedes GLA specs

With a power output of 168bhp and a price of £30,040, you could easily argue that the numbers are the wrong way around here with the price too high and the power output too low. To confirm that this is an SUV, Mercedes has added four-wheel drive but they’ve only included a 4-cylinder 2.1 litre turbocharged diesel.

Premium SUV

Branding this an SUV is bound to get a mention in any Mercedes GLA 2014 review because, although this is an interesting alternative to normal premium hatchbacks, it's not an SUV. The Merc has the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system in most models (it's missing from the manual 200 CDI) which can push 50% of the engine’s power to the back wheels to improve traction over the loose stuff. The standard-fit seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is hesitant on downshift but it's the sort of equipment needed for a car at this price point.

Interior

Inside the cabin is where the GLA makes most sense. There's 481 litres of space in the boot which is 40% more than you'll find in the back of an A-Class but it's not on par with the storage space found in the Audi Q3 or BMW X1. But you can get up to 1,235 litres of space with the seats down and their a wide tailgate for easy loading.

SUV?

If you’re willing to ignore any Mercedes GLA 2014 review that concentrates on the car’s status as an SUV, you’ll see that this is a practical, stylish and comfortable premium hatchback. It's also a Mercedes that doesn’t need to be branded an SUV to demand the £30,030 asking price.

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