As a compact SUV with a prestige badge, the Mercedes GLA is a head-on rival for cars like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. It’ll appeal to buyers thanks to its generous equipment and classy interior, but it’ll be those off-roader looks that really tickle the fancy of most buyers.
As a compact SUV, the GLA is all about the style; these are about as fashionable as cars get, especially when there’s a prestige badge on the nose. However, while rivals like the BMW X1 genuinely look like shrunken-down off-roaders, the GLA could be accused of looking more like a jacked-up hatchback. Only the raised ride height, chunkier bumpers, and roof rails set the GLA apart from the A-Class on which it’s based, and for some buyers, the SUV touches will be too subtle to have the desired effect. Basic-level SE models have front foglamps, alloy wheels and privacy glass, while Sport changes the roof rails from black to silver and adds twin exhaust pipes. AMG Line gets a sportier bodykit, while the 45 AMG version has a bespoke treatment for the front grille and exhausts.