Revealed in a sporty, dynamic design, cutting edge drive systems, GLA Class has set a benchmark of comfort and safety that is unique to the German manufacturer. The compact SUV will make even city roads feel like highways and contribute to the overall enhanced driving experience. The presence of Mercedes in the compact SUV segment gives a leading position to its GLA class as other competitors are way behind in providing luxurious features that GLA has on platter in the Indonesian market.
The looks of GLA clearly reflects that the car is meant to deliver tremendous power and the two engine variants clearly justify the macho looks. The 1.5-litre 4 cylinder (GLA 180) engine offers a maximum power of 136 hp between (3200 to 4000) rpm and the maximum torque measures 260 Nm between (1750 to 2500) rpm. Whereas, the 2.1-litre 4 cylinder engine offers a maximum power of 136 hp (GLA 200 CDI & 220 CDI 4MATIC) between (3200 to 4000) rpm and 170 Hp (GLA 220 CDI & 220 CDI 4 MATIC) between (3400 to 4000) rpm. The maximum torque rests at 300 Nm (GLA 200 CDI & 200 CDI 4MATIC) between (1400 to 3000) rpm and 350 Nm (GLA 220 CDI & 220 CDI 4 MATIC) between (1400 to 3400) rpm. The 7G DCT transmission helps in clocking from 0 to 100 km/h in between 11.9 to 8.3 seconds and the top speed is measured between 200 to 215 km/h across all the models. The combined fuel economy delivered by the GLA is fair to say the least and measures between 4.3 to 5.1 litre/100 kms.
Innovation in each model is the key factor that drives customers towards Mercedez, and GLA clearly reflects that it is designed to give a thrilling experience to the occupants. The sharp bi-Xenon headlamps with sharp and massive rear design compliments the performance delivered by the car. The overall dimensions of the car measures (4417 X 2022 X 1494) mm (L X W X H) and wheelbase measures 2699 mm that leads to enough cabin space for the occupants. To match the engine performance the car is equipped with 17 inches alloy wheels with tyre size of 215/60 R17 and one gets slightly bigger 19 inches alloy wheels with tyre size of 235/45 R19 in GLA 45 4-MATIC.
The interiors of GLA holds a number of surprises for the occupants including the huge interior space. Despite the fact that it is a compact SUV, it gives the comfort of a traditional saloon. The center console, instrument cluster, controls and all the trims make up for a tangible motorsport atmosphere within. The 17.8cm central media display acts as an interface between navigations system and multimedia system that is further coupled with DVD player, 10 GB internal memory, linguratronic voice control and Bluetooth connectivity for handsfree along with media flies streaming. GLA offers a trunk space of 421 litres that is fair enough in this segment.
The high power and performance of GLA is wrapped with appropriate safety features to give a pleasant driving experience to the occupants. The smooth handling of the car is due to electro-mechanical power steering coupled with suspension system comprising McPherson Strut in front and independent multi link in rear. The ventilated disc brakes are coupled with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake- Force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist (BA) for effective braking system. The other salient features include Active Parking Assist, three point ELS seat-belts, anti slip regulation, dynamic curve assist, hill start assist, electronic stability control, engine immobilizer system and Air bag system (Front, side and curtain) that ensures complete safety of the occupants.
A competent compact SUV that offers moderate off-roading capabilities and decent amount of luxury.