Mainstream GLA buyers looking at 2.1-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol models will need a budget starting from around £26,000 to £27,000 and ranging up to around £38,000 for mainstream models. Dedicated followers of the brand though, can consider paying up to around £47,000 for the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC flagship version. The base GLA 200 CDI diesel variant is offered in 2WD or 4MATIC form and comes with the choice of manual or automatic transmission. Further up the range, you have to have automatic transmission and 4MATIC 4WD. For diesel folk, there's a premium of just around £1,400 to go from a GLA 200d 4MATIC auto to a comparably specified pokier GLA 220d 4MATIC auto variant - like the one we tried. That sounds reasonable given that the extra cash gets you quite a lot of extra performance. Running costs do also rise quite significantly with this pricier model though, so make sure you've taken that into account.
If, having considered all of that, you conclude that it is a GLA model you really want, then you're going to need to know what's included in the asking price. And the answer is a very reasonable spec. Even in least expensive SE trim, you get 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof rails, privacy glass, a chrome-trimmed twin-pipe exhaust, rain-sensing wipers and a reversing camera. Inside, there's man-made Artico leather for the seats and the real nappa stuff trimming the multi-function steering wheel, plus air conditioning, a trip computer and a DAB radio with Bluetooth, USB and Apple iPod connections. Standard safety stuff includes 'ATTENTION ASSIST' and 'Active Brake Assist' autonomous braking.