Tuesday July 7, 2020

New Merc more than the sum of its parts

On the face of it, the new Mercedes-Benz GLA is a high-riding A-Class, but it turns out to be so much more, writes Shane O'Donoghue.

30th March, 2014
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 CDI Urban: anyone spending between €35,000 and €40,000 should consider this car. PIcture: Paddy McGrath

Remember when the original high-sided Mercedes-Benz A-Class and B-Class were anomalies? While undoubtedly cleverly designed, those early forays into downsizing by the three-pointed star were met with a lukewarm reception, and the C-Class and E-Class remained the most important models in the line-up. As Mercedes readies itself for the launch of an all-new C-Class saloon, the big news is now to be found lower down the range, in the form of the much more conventional...

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