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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz GLA

Overall verdict
A likeable thing. Go for a higher powertrain and it makes most sense.


Well-made, doesn’t drive like an off-roader, GLA 45 AMG is ace


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
GLA 45 [381] 4Matic 5dr Auto
4.4s 172g/km 38.2 381 £45,200
The cheapest
GLA 200 SE 5dr
8.4s 134g/km 48.7 156 £25,075
The greenest
GLA 200d SE 5dr Auto
9.1s 108g/km 67.3 136 £28,180
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