SINGLE FORM, MULTI-PURPOSE
MERCEDES-BENZ GLA IS THE DEFINITIVE COMPACT CROSSOVER OF THE PREMIUM SEGMENT THAT CAN BE TAILORED TO YOUR DRIVING NEEDS.
Compact crossovers. Some still struggle to understand this automotive genre. But that hasn’t stopped it from being the industry’s runaway success in recent years. What makes a compact crossover? The compact label applies to the car’s size and footprint, which means that the recipe begins with the platform, or rather foundations, of a compact car. The Mercedes-benz GLA, for instance, is a compact crossover because it is built on the same underpinnings that make the brand’s smallest offering at present, the Mercedes-benz A-class. This imbues the GLA with the agile driving dynamics and manoeuvrability of a smaller car, which is ideal for urban environments.
If a small and nimble car is all you want, then the A-class is all you need. But the GLA earns its crossover tag with taller ground clearance and a more beefed up frame for better storage versatility – qualities normally associated with SUVS (Sports Utility Vehicles).
In the words of Mark Raine, Sales & Marketing Vice President of Mercedes-benz Malaysia, “the new generation GLA with its unique character and progressive appearance is destined to become a style icon. With a sporting soul and a dynamic character combined with its stylish highlights, it is perfectly suited for an active lifestyle.”
For the casual user, Mercedes-benz Malaysia offers the GLA200, which, in the GLA’S base format, offers a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which makes 156bhp and 250Nm of torque. Being a front- wheel-drive crossover, the GLA200 is the brand’s lightest and most efficient GLA offered locally, and is capable of a combined fuel consumption of as low as 5.8 litres per 100km. At RM239,888, this is a good match for buyers who like the idea of a compact crossover as a daily commuter in and out of town.
More adventurous drivers who may consider swapping the tarmac for potentially abusive dirt trails are better matched with the GLA250 4Matic, which is essentially the same car but amped up with a bigger engine and AWD (allwheel drive). For an extra RM30,000, the 1.6-litre engine is replaced with a 2.0 turbo, which now sends 211bhp and 350Nm to all four wheels via the same, dependable 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission, for better allterrain capabilities to match its upmarket rugged looks.
And then there is the AMG GLA45 4Matic, which is reserved for drivers who love living in the fast lane. Maintaining the GLA250’S 4Matic architecture, the
GLA45 also draws power from a two-litre mill. But its engine, hand-built by AMG engineers in Affalterbach, is uprated to produce a supercar- taunting 381bhp and 475Nm. Even its DCT gearbox is of the more trackinclined AMG Speedshift variety. Throw a few aero bits into the fray and the result is a compact crossover that will rocket past 100kph from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds all the way to an electronically regulated top speed of 250kph.
The local GLA range tops out at the AMG GLA45 4Matic, which is priced at RM408,888.
In its many facets, the Mercedes-benz GLA is as flexible and scalable as the compact crossover it claims to be. So which GLA is the one tailored to your driving needs?