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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Walk Around


More like a compact five-door hatchback than a crossover SUV in appearance, the GLA is 8.4 inches shorter than its cousin, the CLA sedan, and 3 inches taller. Deep bodyside sculpting, a curvaceous profile, and exaggerated details intensify its attitude. GLA is smoothly rounded and stubby. It looks purposeful. A bobbed rear end replaces the CLA sedan’s elegantly tapered trunk.

A large three-pointed star sits in the grille. The nose is raked but upright. Swept-back headlights feature piped lighting, while foglamps integrate into the bumper below with brightwork surrounding the lower air intake. Creases highlight the hood surface, adding a touch of drama. Wheels and their arches are large. Rear pillars are steeply angled, and big oblong taillamps protrude to accentuate the vehicle’s width. Windows aren’t as tall as those on regular SUVs.

Interior

For 2016, seat-cushion adjustment was modified, to be more accommodating for larger adults. The GLA shares a lot of its semi-deluxe interior with the CLA.

Dark grey MB-Tex synthetic upholstery is standard, and a two-tone option lightens the cabin significantly. Leather is optional, two-tone beige/black. Wood or aluminum accents trim the interior. Simulated carbon fiber is available. Upholstery in the AMG model has accent stitching and contrasting seatbelts.

The instrument panel features gauges within tubular housings. A display screen resides above the low dashboard, which has different textures on upper and lower segments. A horizontal shelf contains five round vents.

Power-adjustable front seats are comfortable and firmly bolstered, with neatly contoured seatbacks. Adults can expect a tight fit for legs in the rear seat, though headroom is better.

A steeply angled liftgate restricts cargo volume, which totals only 43.6 cubic feet with the back seat folded. Split seatbacks don’t quite fold flat, but there’s a pass-through for long objects.

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