Ever since the Mercedes Benz GLA first debuted back in 2013, it never really felt like a true Mercedes. The interior was a little bit dull and plasticky and it wasn’t exactly what everyone would call a looker nor to everyone’s taste. However, after seven long years, Mercedes has finally decided to retire the ageing crossover and replace it with a brand new model later in 2020 (branded ‘2021 Model Year’).
The old Mercedes Benz GLA wasn’t what you’d call ugly by any means, it just lacked a certain wow factor and as a result, you wouldn’t really give it a second glance if you saw one out and about. This time around the second-generation GLA is based on an all-new platform that it shares with the likes of the CLA, A-Class and GLB crossover.
So that means a much more aggressive but tasteful design language as well. The whole exterior has been given a more coupe look with a sloping roofline, sharp creases all around and a more imposing stance. It looks a lot like the current-gen A-Class that just been “beefed” up a tad.
The 2021 GLA is actually a bit taller this time around for more interior space, though it's shrunk horizontally thanks to shorter front and rear overhangs. Other aspects such as the radiator grille, headlights, taillights and wheels now feature a more aggressive but cleaner design overall. So, based on looks alone the GLA should definitely make your crossover shortlist.
Interior & Safety Features
One of the biggest gripes that consumers had with the old GLA was its slightly subpar interior. It wasn’t exactly a 20 year Toyota from the inside but for what you were paying, people expected better. However, Mercedes has been raising the game when it comes to interiors as of late and the 2021 Mercedes GLA is no different.
Like all new Mercedes Benz models, the GLA is equipped with the MBUX infotainment system which many describe as being the best in the business. The dual displays are bright, crisp and offered in either a 7-inch or 10.25-inch size configuration. They control almost every aspect of the crossover from the music down to the ambient lighting colour, it even features voice commands. Just say something like “Hey Mercedes … I’m Hot” and it’ll automatically adjust the temperature for you.
The seating position is a bit higher on this GLA compared to the old one, though that gives you the perfect position to ogle at all the sumptuous leather upholstery, turbine air vents and finely crafted materials. Cargo space has also seen an increase alongside a plethora of new safety and driver-assistance equipment. This includes Active Distance Assist, Active Steering Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, and Active Blind Spot Assist. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call the 2021 Mercedes GLA’s interior the best in its class.
Powertrain & Price
When it comes to power, the 2021 GLA 200 makes do with the familiar 1.3-litre turbocharged inline-4 from Benzes lineup. Power stands at around 163bhp and it’s mated to the familiar 7-Speed DCT transmission. 0-62mph takes a hefty 8.7 seconds but in return, you do get nearly 50 mpg.
If you’re looking for a bit more grunt, you’ll have to wait until the usual affair of more powerful petrol, diesel and even hybrid drivetrain options become available. As far as numbers go, the new GLA is expected to start at just under £33,000 for the entry-level model. This gets you 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a 7.0-inch infotainment system and dual-zone climate control. At that sort of price, and the given depreciation rates these days it makes much more sense to lease the brand new GLA with Pantheon Leasing Ltd.
Here at Pantheon Leasing, we’re a family-run leasing company with none of the overheads of a larger firm and customer satisfaction as our top priority. So, if you are looking for the best deal possible on the 2021 Mercedes Benz GLA, with no bogus extra charges or hidden admin fees, get in touch with us now. See our current Mercedes Lease deals