Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC Review
The Robust Star

Story and Photos by Irwin Tan
24 Jun 2014
 

Introduction

...Mercedes-Benz has once again pushed boundaries, to introduce something sportier, bigger, but yet retaining what it terms as a “compact”.

The new GLA achieves just that.

Chunky, yet stylish - with the unmistakable presence of luxury.

That’s perhaps how one would describe the all new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The fourth of Mercedes-Benz’s Modular Front Architecture (MFA) class, the new GLA takes from the architectural platforms of the rest in its range, namely the CLA, A, and the B-Class.

Being Mercedes-Benz’s answer to the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3, the new GLA struck a chord in our hearts the moment we laid eyes on it with its ever sleek front facade.

While Mercedes-Benz cars of the past used to exude pure luxury, we now see the emergence of a sportier touch to this renowned German line-up. The introduction of the CLA captured the attention of many, most of whom comprised of young executives who wanted a sleek, luxurious, and yet sporty ride. And now, Mercedes-Benz has once again pushed boundaries, to introduce something sportier, bigger, but yet retaining what it terms as a “compact”.

The new GLA achieves just that.

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1991cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 211bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 350Nm @ 1200rpm
Power to Weight 140.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 230 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 15.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DCT
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4417 x 1804 x 1494) mm
Wheelbase 2699 mm
Turning Circle 11.8 metres
Kerb Weight 1505 kg
Boot Capacity 421 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 56 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs