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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 4Matic 5dr Auto
4.4s 193g/km 33.2 381 £46,665
The cheapest
GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr
9.0s 158g/km 40.9 122 £24,835
The greenest
GLA 180 Urban Edition 5dr Auto
8.7s 144g/km 44.8 122 £26,435
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