WHILE rivals like the BMW X1 and Audi Q2 follow the crossover crowd, the Gla-class resembles a high-riding hatchback.
It’s based on the same platform as the A-class, so it’s no surprise that the engine range is shared with that car. This means a rapid Amg-tuned GLA 45 version at the top of the range, but we’d recommend a diesel for greater efficiency and lower running costs. The 2.1-litre diesel is pretty noisy, but promises 50mpg-plus even in 4MATIC four-wheel-drive guise.
An update early in 2017 brought largely cosmetic tweaks for the GLA, such as new headlamps and exterior colour options.
ALPINA will be hard at work developing its performance version of the new BMW X3, but until it arrives, the current XD3 is still around briefly. Despite being an SUV, its focus is very much on the road rather than off it.
The only model available is fitted with a 345bhp 3.0-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine, which sends power to all four wheels. A Porsche Macan is its main rival, but it falls short of matching it when it comes to engagement behind the wheel.
Price range: £26,220-£53,405 Our pick: GLA 200 d 4MATIC DCT Sport (£31,980) Engine: 2.1-litre 4cyl diesel, 136bhp Transmission: 7-spd auto, permanent 4WD Top speed: 124mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2: 127g/km
Price: £56,450 Our pick: XD3 Biturbo (£56,450) Engine: 3.0-litre 6cyl diesel, 345bhp Transmission: 8-spd auto, permanent 4WD Top speed: 157mph Economy: 41.5mpg CO2: 174g/km