Svelt and muscled like a Rottweiler
“S Benz GLA 2.2 CDI 4-Matic” — from this word salad you, as a motoring enthusiast, have worked out exactly what a compact, handsome allwheel drive diesel vehicle we have here.
What isn’t mentioned is that she also has seven forward gears.
If she were a BMW she would be a SUV Bavarian Motor Works (more word salad) sport activity vehicle.
She is, however, a SUV sport utility vehicle from the Mercedes Benz stable. No Scottsville curb car this.
My household thought “GLA” stood for Gladys, but after feeling the gentle push in the kidneys delivered by the 350 Nm from only 1 400 revs, I called her the Gladiator. Whichever name you pick — genteel Victorian lady or fearsome fighter — this vehicle fills either role admirably.
This medium-sized SUV is good to go snow watching in the Berg or to take shopping in the city.
I also enjoyed the beautifully appointed interior although the back is a little cramped for my wheelchair.
I have read a Porsche advert in which it claimed that the backseat accommodates two small children. This does not apply to this vehicle.
The backseats would swallow two backline players with ease, even forwards if those in the front seats are of shorter stature. My rotti had other ideas and as I struggled, jumped in and had to be coaxed out. Definite stamp of approval, that!
The back seats fold down in a 60/40 split to accommodate a 50 kg plus Rottweiler with ease, and you can throw in a couple of daxies as well.
Driving the car, there is the usual slight diesel clatter upon starting, but she purrs along smoothly with noise, harshness and vibration levels at the minimum one expects from a vehicle in this price range.
Mercedes-Benz claims the engine delivers 5,1 l/100 km. I did not get close to this in the city, but my stopstart economy was still very good.
As for the price, you won’t get much change from R 600 000. It certainly is expensive, but you can see where the money went.
Specs at glance
Engine: 2,1-litre, 4-cylinder, turbodiesel Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch Power: 125 Kw at 3 400 r/min Torque: 350 Nm at 1 400-3 400 r/min 0-100 km/h: 8,3 seconds Top Speed: 215 km/h Fuel Consumption: 5,1 litres/ 100 km
• When not being a petrolhead, Dr Rob Rathgeber checks out pilots’ status of health.
The furriest member of the Rathgeber family endorsing the rear seats of the Mercedes-Benz GLA 2.2 CDI 4-Matic.