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Mercedes-Benz GLA

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz GLA


On the inside

Layout, finish and space

Mercedes-Benz GLA side

Interior quality more or less lives up to the Mercedes’ reputation, with solid furniture, hard-wearing upholstery (note ‘Artico’ is a fake leather, not the real thing) and well-oiled switchgear. The screen menus and graphics have a well-thought out maturity, too. The seats are firm but supportive. The AMG Sport trim gets tombstone front seats, but beware if you have young kids because this option inhibits your over-shoulder view of the little darlings as well as their view forward. The boot and rear seat are generous enough to make this a viable A-Class alternative.

Of course there’s a groaning buffet of options, but you know what, they aren’t really necessary, Mercedes has generously decked out even the base SE model with all you reasonably need, and satnav can be had as a relatively simple and cheap upgrade onto the existing colour screen.

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