What is it?
Until the arrival of the nutty GLA45 AMG in June, this petrol-powered GLA250 4Matic is the most powerful version of Mercedes-Benz’s junior crossover-meets-SUV creation you can buy.
To be frank, the GLA is far more crossover than it is SUV, for although it’s substantially different to the A-Class it retains a relatively low stance on the road, with a narrow glasshouse and, to these eyes at any rate, an attractive appearance from most angles.
The ‘250’ is powered by the new-gen, four-cylinder turbo engine displacing 2.0-litres, in this guise pumping out an impressive 208bhp and 258lb ft of torque. A quick comparison with the obvious rivals shows that although Audi’s brawniest 2.0 TFSI Q3 pegs it exactly on power output, the GLA has a clear torque advantage, and easily humbles BMW’s 182bhp 2.0i X1 on both counts.