Peterborough’s Robinsons Mercedes-Benz is now stocking the exciting new GLA compact SUV. RICHARD GUNN sees what this multi-talented vehicle has to offer
Mercedes-Benz has added another SUV to its attractive range with the unveiling of the new GLA, its first ever entry into the compact segment of the market. The fresh and feisty GLA joins the marque’s M-, G- and GL-Class SUVs, meaning the company now has the widest range of this type of vehicle of any European premier manufacturer. And while it may be the smallest of the bunch, it’s no less competent than its bigger siblings. Its more diminutive size means it’s lively on country roads and dynamically efficient on motorways, yet also hugely adept off the tarmac with the option of the new generation permanent all-wheel drive system, 4MATIC (with fully variable torque distribution).
With a motto of ‘Away from the daily routine’, rough terrain such as the beach, loose ground and unsurfaced gradients pose no problems for the vehicle
This makes it the first of the three-pointed star’s SUVs equipped with this in the UK and more than able for any family off-road excursions. In a GLA, you’re definitely not limited to staying on the straight and narrow. With a motto of ‘Away from the daily routine’, rough terrain such as the beach, loose ground and unsurfaced gradients pose no problems for the vehicle.
Any SUV these days stands or falls on the flexibility of its interior, and the designers of the GLA’s cabin have gone to great pains to make sure it offers lots of possibilities. The rear seat backrests can not only be folded down completely, but are also adjustable for angle if required. This so-called ‘cargo position’ enlarges the load compartment capacity by an additional 60 litres, providing space for bulky items while still allowing the rear seats to be used. But even without this, there’s still a generous luggage area, with easy loading thanks to the low sill and wide tailgate. This can be optionally specified to open automatically.
Keeping occupants entertained is also vital these days and the GLA’s Digital Drive Style app concept allows seamless integration of one of Apple’s little black rectangles into the vehicle
Seat upholstery comes in leather, fabric or fabric/leather, with a variety of colour combinations allowing plenty of scope for individualisation. Sports seats with integrated head restraints can also be specified. Keeping occupants entertained is also vital these days and the GLA’s Digital Drive Style app concept, combined with the Drive Kit Plus for the iPhone, allows seamless integration of one of Apple’s little black rectangles into the vehicle. Standouts include Siri voice control and Glympse real-time location sharing, plus integration of… [cont]
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