The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

High Tech and a bit Glitzy

Starting price: £40,395

Pros

High tech

Economical for around town

Cons

Expensive compared to its rivals

Boot space is small compared to similar SUVs

Intro

The Mercedes GLA 250E is high tech, a bit glitzy and comes with quite a high price tag!

The car immediately oozes the strong, rather flash design associated with Mercedes. The plug in Hybrid only comes in the more expensive trim which includes the goodies such as keyless entry, heated seats, foldable mirrors, reversing cameras, parking sensors and smart phone integration.  To be honest we thought that with everything you get at this level that it was not worth paying additional costs for the higher trims. The all electric range for this plug-in hybrid is approximately 37 miles. Using a wallbox the charge time is 2-3 hours.

The car quietly pulled away and we immediately turned on to a busy road and the Mercedes, clicked her heels, and whizzed effortlessly down the road. A really quiet drive although not something you may notice on a daily school run!  Smooth and conservative would best describe the GLAe on the roads.  

When playing around with reversing the sensors are reactive and the 180degree camera, if you like to use one, made parking a doddle. 

Interior

The interior cabin is very smart, luxurious and a little futuristic.  From the driver’s position you are surrounded by the latest technology at your finger tips and the design is well thought out. The circular air vents stand out and are a bit of a feature.

The standard infotainment screen is 10.25 inches and this slickly runs into the 7inch instrument screen situated in front of the steering wheel.  You have the option to navigate the infotainment by touch or by using the track pad in the middle consol which is brilliant.  The graphics are visually both sharp and clear. Mercedes has their very own ‘Alexa’ and ‘Hey Mercedes’ will allow you to instruct the vehicle to do numerous tasks from changing the climate control to making phone calls.  This technology has artificial intelligence and is able to adopt your preferences such as radio stations and destinations….. although it does make you wonder what other little secrets this system may listen in on!   You can also download the Mercedes app….a few years ago we had never heard of them and now there is one for everything in life!  This one is pretty good especially when family life can be chaotic and it allows you to check your fuel through to that mad moment…. ‘did I lock the car?!  

Seats & Passenger Space

The leather seats are a big plus in terms of hard wearing against the knocks of children who are potentially armed with sticky fingers and muddy boots! 

The rear bench has 2 isofix points on the outer seats and there was room enough for a booster in the middle seat.  The middle transition tunnel on the floor was practically flush to the carpet and therefore great for clambering easily across the seats.

Cups & Cubby

Cubby holes in the front were all in practical spots and the cupholders kept our coffees secure (important!).  Door bins were of a good size and the glove box, for some nik naks, was perfectly adequate. The design of the cubby holes is done well and there is a tambour style door which can be pulled across to hide a few objects. There is also a USB port and 12 volt socket to hand.

In the back the armrest had two cup holders which popped out and netted pockets, on the back of the front seats, would be useful to store an ipad or random toy. There are two USB points to appease your teenagers or to make sure that Peppa Pig does not die on one of those trickier journeys.

Boot Space

Boot space is 445 litres compared to the diesel / petrol models at 495 litres and the Volvo XC40 plug in at 460 litres.  That said it was still perfectly adequate for a buggy and a weekly shop. On a plus the tailgate is electric and there is no lip which makes life easy when loading heavy shopping into the boot.

Summary

To sum up the GLAe is economical and rather flash, but still has the practical needs for family life.  However, the price tag compared to some very good competition is rather punchy! 

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

445 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4410 (L) x 2020 (W) x 1611

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

39.8 (avg combined)

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62 mph in 7.1 secs