Crossovers seem to be getting less and less… cross.
Absolutely. The new Mercedes GLA looks pretty chunky in pictures, but when you walk up to it, and certainly when you drive it, you realise it's little higher than a tallish hatchback. In fact, within 10mm of a Focus.
How's it altered from an A-Class then?
Indeed they're closely related, though the external panels are all different. But whereas you'd expect the crossover version to look like a hatch on tiptoes (like the Audi Q3 does alongside the A3), here it's the crossover version that looks the better balanced. Somehow an A-class looks like a GLA that's been sat upon.