We had not yet had a good poke around Mercedes-Benz latest offering until the other day. Whist the crossover market is forever growing in popularity, it made sense for the Germans to take advantage of the platform that underpins the A-Class and create a baby SUV. The Mercedes-Benz GLA slots into the range as a high riding hatchback that is available with a range of engines and optional all wheel drive. We got the opportunity to prod around a preproduction model at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands.
A shiny new Mercedes-Benz GLA 220 4Matic is currently parked in the lobby of the huge Mercedes structure. Locked to the general public, we were given the keys to open the car up and take a good look around the new baby Benz.
Proportionally the car looks great with its long bonnet and curved rear. The GLA isn’t as tall as what the pictures would have you believe, that is down to some of its bold design features. Its large grill, strong body lines and angular headlights give it an air of aggression that maybe some of its competitors lack. In AMG-line trim this GLA appeared very smart and ever the premium product just like its little brother, the A-Class.
The interior is a masterclass in high quality surfaces. Leather wraps itself around large bolstered seats whilst aluminium details the sculpted shape that makes up the console. A chunky steering wheel is presented to the driver along with a familiar Mercedes-Benz instrument cluster. In the back what would a be a rather dark space is brightened with a two section glass roof. Head room is good and whilst leg room is far from tight, its isn’t the most spacious in the class. The boot is adequate, but again rivals do offer more storage.
Mercedes-Benz have done a good job with the GLA presenting a well built and pleasant interior. I don’t think the exterior can be faulted as it looks great, especially in black.
For a more in-depth opinion to be formed on the GLA we shall just have to wait until we drive it.