Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Overview

Mercedes Benz is one the most sought-after brands in the automobile world and represents class. One expects nothing less from a Mercedes Benz car and Mercedes Benz GLA Class 2016 certainly matches up to that benchmark. Mercedes Benz GLA Class price in India starts at around Rs.36 lac, as the crossover competes against Audi Q3 and Volvo V40 Cross Country. There are plenty of Mercedes Benz GLA Class variants to choose from for the customers ranging from petrol to diesel ones. View offers on Mercedes Cars from Mercedes dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Style

The overall design remains the same and you’ll have to squint a little to notice the changes. The front end features a revised bumper and a new grille, which along with the muscular creases on the bonnet makes it look a little more aggressive. they personally like the grille and the big three-pointed star logo it proudly flaunts. It actually gels with the attractive canyon beige colour on our test car.The headlamps are brand new and feature a full-LED set-up, which Mercedes-Benz regards as a high-performance unit. It certainly delivers what it proclaims as illumination at night is indeed bright and has adequate focus and spread.

The side profile remains the same, but it’s not that it needed any touch-ups. The crease line that begins from the headlamps and runs along the length of the GLA to disappear into the rear wheel arch is what catches your eye. This angle also highlights the GLA’s hatchback roots, evident from the short pillars and small glass area. While it’s not a cause for concern, the shape and size of the windows does hamper your view from the cabin. So parking in tight areas or manoeuvring in heavy traffic requires a little more attention. For 2017, the GLA also gets new, 18-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke design that looks quite appealing.The rear bumper is tweaked slightly and gets a new faux skid plate along with a set of dazzling full-LED lamps. They look similar to the GLC’s tail lamps, and to my eye, a bit better than the ones on the previous GLA.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Space

While majority of the changes are on the outside, the cabin is carried forward from the predecessor. It features the 8 inch multimedia system (no it isn’t a touchscreen) and gets an integral CD drive for both MP3 and WMA/AAC files. The multifunction steering wheel comes in handy to help you gain control of all the operations of the infotainment system and there’s also an integral telephone keypad, a Bluetooth interface with a hands-free function and an Aux-in and USB socket in the stowage compartment.

It also comes with smartphone connectivity and so there’s Apple CarPlay as also Android Auto. The connection to the smartphone allows access to up-to-date software and data such as navigation and traffic information, media (Streaming Media and IP Radio) as well as contact data, telephony/FaceTime and messaging. While all these are new, the boot space remains the same at 421 litres and with the second row down there’s 1235 litres of space on offer. But, if you plan to load up the boot, you will have to choose between your luggage and the space saver. There’s also no change in the wheelbase and hence for people as tall as me (6 footers) this means cramped space at the rear, which is why I got into the driver’s seat.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Performance

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class gets two engines. The petrol, badged GLA200 comes with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, direct injection engine making 184PS of peak power at 5500rpm and 300Nm of peak torque between 1200-4000rpm. This Euro 6 compliant engine will be capable of propelling the GLA200 from 0-100kmph in a claimed 7.6 seconds on to a top speed of 205kmph. Not only does the petrol engine feel brisk when you put your foot down, power delivery seems instantaneous and linear. As a bonus, the petrol engined GLA sounds fantastic especially passed 5000rpm with just a hint of turbo whistle between gear changes.

India though predominantly is a diesel driven market, and the GLA will come with a 2.1-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine. Badged the GLA200 CDI, the engine produces 136PS of peak power between 3600-4400rpm and 300Nm of peak torque between 1400-3000rpm. With a top speed of 205kmph and a claimed 0-100 time of 9.9-seconds, the diesel is substantially slower than the sportier petrol. That said, the GLA diesel feels much more drivable than the A-Class or B-Class diesel with oodles of fuss-free power and torque delivery. Although both engines are rated at the same level in terms of torque, the diesel seems to have more poke especially lower down in the rev range.

Both the petrol and diesel engines will be mated to Mercedes-Benz’s tried and tested 7G-DCT automatic transmission with a dual clutch setup. Although we initially expected only the petrol to get paddle shifters like the A-Class and B-Class, we were pleasantly surprised to see both the petrol and diesel getting them as a part of standard equipment.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Driving

The GLA is set up stiff, so the ride is a bit bumpy at slow speeds, especially when driving over potholes or undulations. Pick up the speeds, however, and the ride does get a bit better. But the joy of this set up lies in corners, and that’s where the GLA shines.Despite its 171mm ground clearance, the GLA handles just like a car. It remains flat and true to an intended line around a corner. There is good feedback from the steering too, and the grip from the fat tyres and the all-wheel-drive system make the GLA enjoyable around canyon roads. This, with the added peace of mind that you won’t have to worry too much about scraping the underbelly on bad roads.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Safety

Mercedes Benz GLA Class has a strong safety system with the presence of adaptive brake lights flashing, attention assist, LED headlamps, hill start assist and many other features. Mercedes Benz GLA Class comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as well that reduces the chances to over steer and over turn.The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes loaded with everything you might want from a luxury compact SUV in today’s day and age. The typically Mercedes-Benz centre console with the inbuilt telephone and audio controls does look a little outdated although they do their job well. With additional features like a reverse camera, parking sensors and GPS-navigation, the GLA is right at par with everything else in its segment. The GLA also comes with safety features like tyre pressure monitoring sensors, attention assist and seven airbags.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Cost in Hyderabad

Mercedes Benz Gla Class Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 30,63,066/- (GLA Class 200 d Style) to 36,73,555/- (GLA Class 220 d 4MATIC). Get best offers for Mercedes Benz Gla Class from Mercedes Benz Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for GLA price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Conclusion

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is not only the most important car Mercedes-Benz will launch this year, we believe it will be the most important car Mercedes-Benz will launch for a while. With the new C-Class and the stunning CLA-Class on its way to India soon, the only thing Mercedes-Benz will really have to be worried about is the GLA cannibalising traditional sedan customers with the lure and aura of a multipurpose platform like a compact SUV.

Should the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 be worried about the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class wooing audiences in a way they have never had to worry about in the past? Considering the fact that the GLA offers good performance, handing and interior trim while managing to look as good as it does, the answer is a resounding YES!

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