2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA price and specs

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA is due to arrive from August, with pricing and standard equipment up across the range.

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Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the all-new GLA compact SUV, with the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 rival to kick off from $55,100 plus on-road costs.

The price of entry is up by around $10,000 compared to the previous model, though the three-pointed star promises more space, performance and features with its new model.

Four variants will be offered at launch, starting with the GLA200 and topping out with the hi-po AMG GLA45 S 4Matic – which eclipses the $100,000 barrier for the first time.

The new GLA is available to order now with Benz-badged models arriving in August, and AMG models due in the fourth quarter.

Pricing

  • GLA200: $55,100
  • GLA250 4Matic: $66,500
  • AMG GLA35 4Matic: $82,935
  • AMG GLA45 S 4Matic+: $107,035

All prices exclude on-road costs.

Engines

The new GLA family is exclusively powered by turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines.

GLA200 models are powered by a 1.3-litre turbo four co-developed with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, developing 120kW of power and 250Nm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

The GLA250 4Matic gets a larger 2.0-litre turbo making 165kW and 350Nm, driving all four wheels via a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Opting for the AMG GLA35 (above) gets an even more powerful version of the GLA250’s 2.0-litre turbo, boosted to 225kW and 400Nm. Drive in the GLA35 is channelled through an AMG-tuned eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The GLA35 completes the 0-100 sprint in a claimed 5.1 seconds.

Finally, the flagship AMG GLA45 S gets a model-specific 2.0-litre turbo four outputting a hefty 310kW and 500Nm.

The powertrain is married to an eight-speed DCT with Race Start (launch control) and 4Matic+ variable all-wheel drive.

Mercedes-AMG claims a 4.3-second sprint from 0-100 for the GLA45 S, making it 0.2 seconds quicker than arch rival Audi’s new RSQ3 and RSQ3 Sportback.

Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz Australia is yet to quote local fuel consumption figures for our market, though overseas figures are as follows:

  • GLA200: 5.7-6.0L/100km
  • GLA250 4Matic: 6.9-7.1L/100km
  • AMG GLA35 4Matic: 7.4-7.5L/100km
  • AMG GLA45 S 4Matic+: N/A

Note: The variations in global fuel consumption data is based on the effects of different specifications on the more realistic WLTP test cycle i.e. certain wheel/tyre packages will perform differently in official testing

Safety

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA is as yet untested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.

It’s worth noting, however, that all the GLA’s platform mates – i.e. the A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLB – have all achieved five stars with strong results across the board.

All models come as standard with autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot assist, exit warning assistant, active lane keep assist, nine airbags, an active bonnet, cross-wind assist, Pre-Safe accident anticipatory systems, and traffic sign assist.

Dimensions

At 4417mm long, 1834mm wide and 1616mm tall with a 2729mm wheelbase, the new GLA is 14mm shorter, 30mm wider and 122mm taller than the previous model according to Mercedes-Benz, with an extra 30mm between the axles as well.

There’s 435L of boot space with the rear seats up – an improvement of 14L compared to the outgoing model – which expands to 1430L with the back row folded, an increase of nearly 200L.

Standard Equipment

GLA200 standard features include:

  • Comfort Seats in Artico leatherette upholstery
  • Keyless-Go with powered tailgate
  • Thermotronic climate control
  • MBUX infotainment with dual 10.25-inch displays
  • Satellite navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Selectable drive modes
  • 64-colour ambient interior lighting
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • DAB+ radio
  • Active Parking Assist with Parktronic sensors
  • LED fixed headlight with Adaptive High Beam Assist
  • 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
  • Progressive Equipment Line (styling)

The GLA250 4Matic adds:

  • Panoramic electric sunroof
  • Front seats with heating, electric adjustment and memory
  • Lowered comfort suspension
  • Sports-direct steering
  • Off-Road Engineering Package
  • Remote engine start via Mercedes Me Connect app
  • 19-inch five-spoke alloys

The AMG GLA35 4Matic adds:

  • AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather
  • Steering-mounted AMG Drive Unit
  • AMG Ride Control sports suspension
  • AMG high-performance brakes
  • AMG exhaust
  • AMG speed-sensitive power steering
  • AMG Night Package
  • AMG-specific body styling
  • Comfort Sport Seats in Lugano leather
  • 20-inch AMG five-twin-spoke alloys

The AMG GLA45 S 4Matic+ adds:

  • AMG Driver’s Package (top speed lifted to 265km/h)
  • AMG Performance steering wheel in Dinamica microfibre with contrast stitching
  • Comfort Sports seats in ‘Yellow Cut’ leather with contrast stitching
  • AMG Track Pace
  • Burmester surround sound system
  • Driving Assistance Package Plus including:
    • Active Distance Assist ‘Distronic’ (adaptive cruise control)
    • Front cross-traffic assist
    • Lane Change Assist
    • Route-based speed adaptation
  • Parking Package with 360-degree cameras
  • Multibeam LED headlights
  • AMG-specific body styling with roof-mounted spoiler lip and AMG rear apron with specific diffuser
  • AMG exhaust system
  • AMG brakes (360 x 36mm perforated front discs and 330 x 22mm perforated rears)
  • Six-piston fixed front calipers and one-piston floating rear calipers
  • 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with AMG Torque Control
  • Body shell stiffening
  • AMG-specific front steering knuckles and rear axle sub-frame

The GLA200 and GLA250 will be available for a limited time with the exclusive Edition 1 Package ($6990/$5990 for GLA200/GLA250) which brings the following enhancements:

  • Electric and heated front seats with memory (GLA200)
  • Comfort Sport seats in black/Red Cut Artico/Dinamica trim with contrast red stitching
  • Carbon Structure trim with Edition lettering
  • AMG floor mats in red/black with Edition lettering
  • AMG exterior body styling
  • Black highlights including window tint
  • Edition badging
  • 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in black with red flange
  • Multibeam LED headlights
  • Panoramic glass electric sunroof (GLA200)
  • Lowered comfort suspension (GLA200)
  • Parking Package with 360-degree camera
  • Five paint colour choices:
    • Polar White
    • Night Black
    • Cosmos Black Metallic
    • Digital White Metallic
    • Mountain Grey Metallic

Servicing

We’re waiting to hear back from Mercedes-Benz Australia regarding service pricing for the new GLA range.

Stay tuned for an update with those details.

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