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£32k Mercedes GLA gets chunkier SUV look and more tech to tackle BMW X2 and Audi Q

The Mercedes GLA will cost from £32,640 and boast a chunky new SUV look when it arrives in the UK this summer.

The GLA – based on the A-Class hatchback – is available to order now, with six trim levels including range-topping AMG Line Premium trim costing from £38,640 before optional extras.

The GLA has grown chunkier and taller to better reflect SUV style, rather than the A-Class underpinnings of before.

The shape is more SUV-ish than before, thanks to the roof being raised by 104mm and shaving 14mm off the overall length – making the overall effect chunkier yet taller.

However, the GLA still shares many attributes from the A-Class sibling that it’s based on, including much exterior architecture and the interior, in particular the dashboard. (Since the A-Class has been winning many plaudits, that’s a sensible move from Mercedes.)

The £32,640 is the on the road price for the entry-level GLA 200 Sport model, and takes on rivals like the BMW X2 and Audi Q2.

The new GLA range is available with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engines. The GLA 200 uses a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 163 hp and 250 Nm.

It emits 129-137 g/km of CO2 – depending on spec – and can officially deliver up to 43.5 mpg.

The GLA 250 uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine which can generate up to 224 hp and 350 Nm, while delivering up to 38.2 mpg and emitting 148-153 g/km of CO2.

The diesel-powered GLA 200 d – available in either two-wheel or all-wheel-drive has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine capable of producing 150 hp and 320 Nm.

The GLA 200 comes as standard with the 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission while all other engines use the 8G-DCT eight-speed gearbox.

The cars come well equipped, with the entry-level Sport equipment line – only on the 200 and 200 d – including as standard: 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, MBUX multimedia system and Mercedes me Connectivity, with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice-activated virtual assistant and services, a seven-inch touchscreen media display and a seven-inch digital cockpit.

AMG Line adds 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, privacy glass, AMG body-styling; sporty seats with red contrast stitching and a carbon-structure trim.

AMG Line Executive comes with front and rear parking sensors, smartphone integration and wireless charging and a 10.25-inch central media display as standard.

Extras on the AMG Line Premium include keyless entry, illuminated door sills, mid-range sound system, augmented reality for navigation, 64-colour ambient lighting, tow bar pre-installation and a 10.25-inch digital cockpit.

There are a bunch of optional extra like a Driving Assistance package (£1,495.00) and metallic paint (£595 to £795).

The stretched new size has increased rear legroom by 116mm, and also rear shoulder room, which is up by 43mm. The driving position is said to be more commanding as well – a feature loved by SUV owners.

There’s a slight increase in boot capacity – up 14-litres to 421-litres with the rear seats up.

There are plenty of 4WD options in higher-spec cars, with extras like optional variable torque distribution to add even better terrain ability, allowing the driver to change mode to send power where it’s needed.

Belfast Telegraph