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The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz GLA
For:Well-made, doesn’t drive like an off-roader, GLA 45 AMG is ace
Against:Diesels are noisy, doesn't look like an off-roader (if that's what you wanted)
What is it?
Good question. Mercedes calls it an SUV, but it’s actually more of a tallish hatchback with decent ground clearance and soft suspension. Most versions sold are 4WD, although FWD is also available. It’s very closely based on Mercedes’ A-Class hatchback, although the A-Class is a bit too short of rear room and boot space to make it as a family hatch. The taller and longer GLA wisely offers more of both.