MERCEDES-BENZ GLA

Mercedes Benz GLA

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How much does the Mercedes Benz GLA cost to run?

The 2.1L diesel is the most economical Mercedes Benz GLA to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Mercedes Benz GLA 2.1L diesel costs £20.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band B.

It does just over 67 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Ssangyong Korando 2.2L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 19, which is lower than the Ssangyong Korando 2.2L diesel, but higher than the BMW X1 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Citroen C3 Aircross has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.6L petrol2.0L petrol2.1L diesel
mpg47.1 - 50.437.7 - 43.547.9 - 67.3
emissions131 - 158154 - 175108 - 157
tax£145.00 - £200.00£200.00 - £235.00£20.00 - £200.00
insuranceGroup 21 - 25Group 28 - 44Group 19 - 29

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Mercedes Benz GLA: How big is the boot?

The Mercedes Benz GLA hatchback has a bigger boot than the SUV (it can hold 481 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the hatchback to take one pushchair and 3 large bags or 4 large bags. While the SUV takes just 4 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Renault Kadjar hatchback is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 4 large bags with its 647 litres.

Is the Mercedes Benz GLA easy to park?

The Mercedes Benz GLA is very middle of the road - it fills three quarters of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Citroen C4 Cactus.

When it comes to parking on the street, the GLA is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 12m, and a length of 4417m, giving you a relatively small 383mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Hyundai IX20.

Which Mercedes Benz GLA has the best performance?

The fastest Mercedes Benz GLA from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 475 lbs/ft torque and 381 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the MINI Countryman 2.0L petrol, which is slower by 2.1 seconds.

Engine options

model1.6L petrol2.0L petrol2.1L diesel
zeroTo628.1 - 94.4 - 7.17.7 - 10
torque200 - 250350 - 475300 - 350
bhp122 - 156211 - 381136 - 177

What size caravan or trailer, can the Mercedes Benz GLA tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Mercedes Benz GLA 2.0L petrol which has 350 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1800kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.