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All you need to know before leasing a Mercedes GLA

Here’s the Kew Vehicle Leasing guide to deciding on a Mercedes-Benz GLA.

What is the GLA?

The Mercedes GLA model is the most compact model in the extensive range of SUVs that Mercedes now offers.

The GLA is based on the A-class hatchback but with a raised ride height and added roof rails. It gives the GLA an SUV stance without being visually aggressive about it.

One advantage of the GLA is that, if you fancied an A-Class but found the rear seats and boot a bit....well, parsimonious...the Mercedes GLA is more generous in its space allocation. For family motoring, then, this is the compact Mercedes for you.

There is a range of three petrol engines - no diesels - and these are badged GLA 180, which is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine offering 122hp, and comes as standard with a six speed manual gearbox; a seven speed auto is optional.

Next up is a more powerful 1.6 engine badged GLA 200 and offering 156hp. Like the 180 this comes as standard with the six-speed manual gearbox or the option of the Mercedes 7G-DCT 7-speed automatic.

Finally, there’s a 211hp 2.0-litre GLA with standard Mercedes 7G-DCT 7-speed auto and standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

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Choice of two GLA trims

When it comes to deciding what sort of GLA you want to lease, there are two options.

The first is the GLA Urban Edition.

This comes with an excellent specification including 18 inch alloy wheels. Inside there’s ARTICO man-made leather and black upholstery with white seams; three-spoke leather clad steering wheel; smartphone integration via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, plus a reversing camera and air conditioning.

Step up to AMG Line Edition and you’re looking at a sportier GLA appearance. If you’re looking to lease a GLA then this model has everything as per the Urban Edition but adds AMG bodystyling, perforated front disc brakes and callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering; sport seats; brushed stainless steel pedals with rubber studs for grippiness; a three-spoke flat-bottomed leather steering wheel plus items such as a powered tailgate, 8 inch media display and Garmin sat nav system. However, a strange omission is DAB digital radio which is a cost option.

Finally you can do the GLA full hog and opt for ‘Plus’ specification in both Urban and AMG Edition. This adds items such as keyless locking, ambient lighting and panoramic sunroof.

What’s the GLA like to drive?

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Both Urban Edition and AMG Line Edition models are fitted with comfort suspension which provides what is says on the tin. The automatics swish through their gears nicely and also offer the best fuel consumption. The GLA’s higher stance offers good forward vision while the reversing camera takes care of backing into parking spaces.

Verdict on the Mercedes GLA

The Mercedes GLA offers the three-pointed star badge in an SUV package at an attainable price point.

GLA lease rentals are around the £250 + VAT mark, so you’re getting a lot of prestige motor for a highly reasonable monthly lease rental. You can check our current Mercedes-Benz GLA lease rentals here.

We would go for the AMG Line Edition as this offers a high level of specification and improved appearance over the Urban Edition.

Make sure you always opt for metallic paint - an option, but necessary - while the only other option worth thinking about is the Night styling package for items such as black painted 19 inch alloys, high gloss black front, side sill and rear apron and aluminium roof rails in high-gloss black. If not, AMG Line Edition will put you in a practical and comfortable SUV.

More to the point, you’ll be in a Mercedes SUV.

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1st of January 2019

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