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Mercedes-Benz GLA (2nd, H247) Review Rundown

Mercedes-BenzPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent off-the-line acceleration
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The 2nd-generation Mercedes GLA-class subcompact crossovers share the same platform with the new A-class, B-class, and GLB-class. The driving experience is hardly peppered with feedback, but there is a general cohesiveness and well weighted consistency that make it easy and carefree.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The first-generation model was heavily based on the A-class hatch. This new one, however, has been granted greater engineering freedom. It uses the turbocharged OM654 2.0-litre engine found in so many Mercedes cars. The handling is also fairly accomplished, with a light but precise feel to the electromechanical steering.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Decent off-road performance
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
While externally there is distance between the two, the GLA's link to the A-Class is abundantly clear inside, where it shares the same appealingly designed and materially upmarket cockpit. Higher-end specs are the name of the game to get the desired premium feel. The multi-control infotainment still isn’t as intuitive on the move as BMW’s iDrive rotary scroller, while a few scratchy plastics, hollow-feeling door cards and the odd little creak and rattle just take the shine off.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Fantastic infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Lack of refinement and refinement

carmagazine[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The new GLA is dripping with high-tech features, possibly too many for the average Joe. While it's a little shorter, this new crossover is 104mm taller and the wheelbase has extended, growing rear space in particular by 116mm. The rear seats can recline and slide fore or aft up to 140mm and, if you slide them as far back as possible, it's at the expense of the 435 litres of boot space in the regular combustion engine variants.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • No manual transmission
  • Lacklustre gearbox tuning

cnet[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The EPA rates the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 at 20 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. The car is surprisingly chill in its default Comfort setting. The GLA's cabin is properly upscale, and if you've been in any other modern Benz, it should feel pretty familiar.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • Not very smooth at lower speeds
  • No smartphone mirroring

cnet[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
wheel-drive GLAs get an Off-Road mode, not that this thing really begs to be taken off the beaten path, especially with 20-inch wheels. MBUX software is the star here, and it can be controlled by thumbpads on the steering wheel, a touchpad on the center console or simply by touching the screen. While the tech roster is rich, the rest of the GLA feels a little downmarket.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Lots of tech
  • Comfortable seats
  • Lots of driver-assistance tech
Cons[**]
  • Lack of cargo space
  • Cabin feels a little bland

References

1. ^ Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d 2020 review. autocar. 2020-05-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d 2020 UK review. autocar. 2020-06-18 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Mercedes-Benz GLA (2021) review: honey, they shrunk the GLC!. carmagazine. 2021-02-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 review: Small footprint, big character. cnet. 2021-03-25 Retrieved 2021-03-25.
5. ^ 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 review: A smarter starter. cnet. 2020-08-17 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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