Mercedes-Benz’s updated GLA range is now on sale, with a range of cosmetic tweaks and mild-hybrid powertrains across the range.

    The base price has climbed $5700 to $68,900 before on-roads, though the entry-level GLA 200 now comes standard with a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable front seats with memory, metallic paint, a surround-view camera, and adaptive cruise control.

    The AMG GLA 35 is the flagship for now, with Mercedes-Benz yet to confirm an updated AMG GLA 45 S for our market.

    All models now feature 48V mild-hybrid systems, which can provide 10kW of additional power for brief periods and allows the vehicle to coast with the combustion engine switched off.

    The 48V onboard power supply powers the belt-driven starter-generator and also recuperates energy during braking. Mercedes-Benz says its integration improves refinement and comfort.

    The updated GLA range receives a “modernised” headlight and tail light signature. There’s also a redesigned front bumper with a new radiator grille.

    The GLA now features the latest generation of the MBUX infotainment software, which comes with redesigned display styles, a voice assistant, and optional in-built games. It also now allows for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    On the safety front, the updated GLA receives tweaks to the lane-keep assist and active steering control. The next-generation parking package also supports longitudinal parking.

    Pricing

    • 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200: $68,900 (+$5700)
    • 2024 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC: $78,900 (+$1600)
    • 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC: $96,900 (-$900)

    All prices exclude on-road costs.

    Drivetrains

    The GLA 200 is powered by a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 120kW of power and 270Nm of torque, mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s front-wheel drive.

    The GLA 250 upgrades to a turbocharged 2.0-litre four with 165kW and 350Nm, while the AMG GLA 35 also uses a turbo 2.0-litre four albeit with 225kW and 400Nm. Both use an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

    Efficiency

    Mercedes-Benz hasn’t revealed local fuel economy figures for the updated GLA range.

    Dimensions

    The Mercedes-Benz GLA measures 4412mm long, 2020mm wide (including the mirrors) and 1616mm tall on a 2729mm wheelbase.

    There’s 435L of boot space, expanding to 1430L with the rear seats folded.

    Servicing and Warranty

    The Mercedes-Benz GLA is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    Mercedes-Benz offers three-, four- and five-year servicing plans, with servicing intervals of 12 months or 25,000km.

    These plans cost $3165, $4100 and $5155, respectively, in the GLA 200 and GLA 250, and $3500, $4400 and $5885 in the AMG GLA 35.

    Safety

    The Mercedes-Benz GLA has a five-star safety rating from ANCAP, based on testing conducted in 2019.

    It received an adult occupant protection rating of 96 per cent, a child occupant protection rating of 92 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection rating of 79 per cent, and a safety assist rating of 77 per cent.

    All GLA models come standard with the following safety equipment:

    • Autonomous emergency braking
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Safe exit warning
    • Traffic sign recognition
    • Surround-view camera
    • 9 airbags (front, side and curtain, plus a driver’s knee airbag)

    The AMG GLA 35 also includes a Driving Assistance Package that adds:

    • Active Distance Assist
    • Steering Assist
    • Active Lane Change Assist
    • Extended route-based speed limit assist

    Standard Equipment

    The GLA 200 comes standard with the following equipment:

    • LED headlights with adaptive high-beam
    • Power-adjustable front sports seats with memory and four-way lumbar (NEW)
    • Heated front seats
    • Galvanised paddle shifters
    • AMG Line exterior package
    • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
    • 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (NEW)
    • Satellite navigation with live traffic
    • Wireless phone charger
    • Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Semi-autonomous parking assist
    • Panoramic sunroof (NEW)
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Power tailgate

    The GLA 250 4MATIC adds:

    • Off-Road Engineering Package

    The AMG GLA 35 4MATIC adds:

    • Multi-beam LED headlights with adaptive high-beam
    • AMG Night Package
    • Black roof rails
    • Surround lighting with projected AMG logos
    • Tyre pressure monitoring
    • AMG Ride Control Suspension
    • Augmented reality satellite navigation
    • MBUX Entertainment
    • MBUX Interior Assist
    • AMG Leather Package
    • Burmester sound system
    • Head-up display
    • Illuminated door sills

    Options

    The Plus Package ($3770; GLA 200 and GLA 250) adds:

    • Driving Assistance Package
    • Augmented reality satellite navigation
    • Burmester sound system
    • Illuminated door sills
    • Head-up display
    • Multi-beam LED headlights with adaptive high-beam
    • MBUX Interior Assist
    • Surround lighting with projected logos

    The Aerodynamics Package ($3550; AMG GLA 35 only) adds:

    • AMG rear spoiler
    • Larger front splitter
    • Additional flics
    • Diffuser blade in high-gloss black

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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