Mercedes Benz GLA 220d 4MATIC – Drive Review

This review covers Mercedes Benz GLA 220d 4MATIC space and comfort, performance, NVH, fuel efficiency and more aspects.

The second generation GLA was launched on May 25, 2021 and within the first two weeks, the first batch got completely sold out. Even the previous iteration singularly accounted for 10% of all Mercedes Benz sales in India between 2014 & 2019.

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New GLA is underpinned by MFA2 platform, which forms base even in A Class Limousine. GLA standard as well as AMG are assembled at the carmaker’s Chakan plant in Maharashtra. There is complete peace of mid with 8 years standard warranty on engine & transmission along with a comprehensive three-year warranty.

There are 4 variants on offer – 2 petrol and 2 diesel.

GLA 200
GLA 220d

Mercedes Benz GLA: Exteriors

Compared to the previous generation, New GLA looks sophisticated, proportionate and modern. Headlamps are sharper and sleeker. Front grille now has a thicker single slat.

gla white colour

This 220d 4MATIC trims has AMG specific features including AMG front & rear apron, diamond radiator grille with chrome pins, 19″ AMG alloys.

gla side look

Bonnet as well as side profile has finely chiseled character lines. Chrome plated waistline and window line along with effective utilisation of piano black finish on B & C pillar adds to the bling.

Rear look is free from visual bulk and looks sporty thanks to those two piece LED lights.

gla rear look

Boot Space of GLA is 435 L and spare tyre is placed in the boot itself. To further enhance the cargo area, 2nd row seats can be folded which has 40:20:40 split function. Two grocery hooks and one luggage lamp is available in the luggage area.

SUVsBoot Space
Mercedes GLA 435 L
BMW X1 505 L
Volvo XC40 460 L
Mini Countryman 450 L

Mercedes Benz GLA: Interiors

Step inside the cabin, you will feel the quality of material on the inside is far superior than before. If you have been in any other Mercedes car in recent times, you will feel instantly at home.

gla interior

With the 220d 4MATIC variant, there is all black interior theme with silver trim all around and red stitching on the seats while the 200 and 220d trims do offer couple of choices.

Soft touch leather on the dashboard, armrest adds to the premium factor . Controls for climate control,  cabin lamps and on the AMG steering, everything gives you a feel that you are sitting in a much luxurious car.


Dual pane panoramic sunroof ensures there is loads of light entering the cabin and gives sense of much more spacious interiors.

64 colour ambient lighting lights up the cabin. When we increase temperature in climate control, ambient light in air cons turn red and on decreasing it, it turns blue.

gla ambient light

Apart from multi colour ambient light, meticulous LED interior lamps at front and rear illuminates a larger area. Two reading lamps under IRVM and sun visor has vanity mirror and light on both sides.

GLA led cabin lights

We have got 1 smart key with 3 switches – lock, unlock and tailgate open. There is smart keyless entry albeit driver or co driver side door handles doesn’t have any sensors.

This variant comes with AMG steering wheel. From left side, infotainment system can be operated and right side controls are for instrument cluster and cruise control. 

gla amg steering wheel

Instrument cluster is completely digital and has four display modes – As we toggle through the modes, the theme of infotainment unit also gets updated. Here it offers features like G meter, navigation, 4MATIC and other basic data related to fuel consumption and range. 

Infotainment system can be operated via a multiple ways – touchpad, steering toggles and then it is touchscreen as well. This 10.25” unit support android auto, apple CarPlay (not wireless), navigation, voice commands.

gla infotainment system

Multiple configurations can be made for seat kinetics, ambient light, ESP, Hill descent control, Active Brake assist, attention assist, surround light, dynamic select & more from this unit.

Vehicle info (like tyre degree, brake & gas percentage), engine data (output and torque) and fuel efficiency are also displayed.

GLA touchscreen infotainment system

Touch responsiveness is pretty good and it didn’t lose its brightness even in direct sunlight. Rear camera is available and as we put the car in reverse, ORVMs tilt down to provide a better view although there are no parking sensors either at front or rear end.

There are umpteen storage space inside the cabin which includes front and rear doors, big size bottle holder, map pocket storage, front storage space with twin cupholders, practical glovebox, front armrest, sunglass holder, front seatback storage net.

GLA storage spaces

Couple of USB C Type charging ports for front and rear occupants along with a single 12V socket is on offer.

Mercedes Benz GLA: Space & Comfort

Opening aperture of front doors is quite wide resulting in easy ingress and egress. Front seats hold you very well. Tall passengers have got the comfort of cushion extension. 

GLA front seat comfort

Rear doors doesn’t open too wide but to enter and exit the second row, we don’t need to bend our head. Each of the three occupants at the back gets their own adjustable headrests. 

This variant doesn’t comes with rear armrest. Although tall passengers would crave for slightly more under thigh support, at the same time, there is no dearth of knee room and headroom. Three medium sized passengers would be comfy in rear seats.

GLA rear seat comfort

Mercedes Benz GLA: Features

Some of the key equipments of GLA are:

  • Wireless charging
  • 10.25” touchscreen infotainment system with android auto, apple CarPlay, voice command, navigation
  • Mercedes Me Connect
  • 10.25” digital instrument cluster
  • 8 way powered front seats w/ 4 way electric lumbar support adjustment & 3 memory function 
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 64 colour ambient light
  • 2 zone climate control
  • Powered tailgate 

Top Safety features

  • 7 airbags
  • Attention assist
  • Active bonnet
  • Active brake assist
  • TPMS
  • ESP
  • Hill start assist
  • Hill descent control 
  • Traction control
  • Rear camera
  • All 4 disc brakes
  • Auto headlamps
  • Auto wipers

Mercedes Benz GLA220d 4MATIC: Performance, NVH, Gear Shifts

PETROLMercedes GLABMW X1Volvo XC40Mini Countryman
Engine1.3 L turbo Petrol2.0 L Twin Turbo Petrol2.0 L turbo Petrol2.0 Petrol
Capacity1332 cc1998 cc1969 cc1998 cc
Power161 BHP189 BHP187 BHP189 BHP
Torque250 NM280 NM300 NM280 NM
Gearbox7 Speed DCT7 Speed DCT8 Speed AT7 Speed DCT
Fuel efficiency 14.82 kmpl14.49 kmpl14.34 kmpl
0-100 kmph8.7 sec7.7 sec8.4 sec7.5 sec
Top speed 210 kmph226 kmph180 kmph225 kmph
DIESELMercedes GLABMW X1Volvo XC40Mini Countryman
Engine2.0 L Turbo Diesel2.0 L Turbo Diesel
Capacity1950 cc1995 cc
DrivetrainFWD (220d), AWD (220d 4MATIC)FWD
Power188 BHP188 BHP
Torque400 NM400 NM
Gearbox8 Speed AT8 Speed AT
Fuel efficiency 19.62 kmpl
0-100 kmph7.4 sec (220d), 7.3 sec (220d 4MATIC)7.9 sec
Top speed 222 kmph (220d), 219 kmph (220d 4MATIC)222 kmph

This 220d 4MATIC variant is powered by 2.0 lire turbo diesel unit with output figures of 188 BHP and 400 NM. Transmission duties are handled by 8 speed torque converter automatic transmission.

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At standstill, there is slight bit of vibration at floorboard which fades away as we rev the engine. Real power comes in as early as 1,600 rpm while the meat of the power is stored between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. Even at 4,500 rpm, we did get a nice shove as well. In city driving, the rpms remain under 2,000 rpm. Drive modes alters the performance of the engine. Switch it to sport mode, and you get a push back in the seats and is surely enthusiast’s delight. While Eco and Comfort don’t cause so much loss in power delivery and delivers incredible performance. Going hard on the pedal, it derives power from the rear wheels, upto 30% in Sports mode.

gla rear running

Gear shifts are lighting quick. Steering wheel is light in Eco and Comfort, with slight heft in Sport mode at idle. The unit is direct, accurate and assuring however we would have slightly more weight in steering when driving at sport mode. At triple digit speeds, this unit makes you feels so connected ensuring enough confidence behind the wheel.

Mercedes Benz GLA 220d 4MATIC: Ride & Handling 

The suspension of GLA has underlying firmness but it’s not too stiff to cause any discomfort while crossing bumpy sections of the road. This firmness does help GLA to remain glued to the road at highway speeds. It flattens up the rough patches of the tarmac with ease and at high speeds, GLA further maturely handles all the undulations. Brakes are strong enough as well.

gla cornering

Mercedes Benz GLA 220d 4MATIC: Should you buy?

Mercedes Benz GLA 220d 4MATIC costs around Rs 56.1 L (On Road Delhi). We have discussed some basic features which it misses out on but GLA easy has the most luxurious cabin, quite long equipment kit and fantastic ride quality. 

CarsPrice (Ex Showroom)
Mercedes Benz GLARs 44 L – Rs 48.1 L
BMW X1Rs 39.5 L – Rs 43.5 L
Volvo XC40Rs 43.25 L
Mini CountrymanRs 41 L – Rs 44.9 L

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