This is the new Mercedes GLA (H247), the latest incarnation of the compact crossover first introduced in 2014. The original GLA, based on the A-Class, has enjoyed commercial success, selling over 1 million units in 5 years, and that's probably the reason why Mercedes decided to go for an evolutionary styling, using more or less the same lines and proportions as the older model.

Don't be tricked into thinking this is just a facelift because this is an all-new model and there have been major changes. The car is shorter (in length) than the previous gen. but the wheelbase is longer, and it is also taller (in height), this means it is more spacious on the inside.

Inside, you'll find a revised and revamped interior with the new MBUX infotainment system. Customers can also choose between two 7-inch displays, a 7-inch and a 10.25-inch or two 10.25-inch version. Please allow me to say that I've tried the new system that Mercedes has been gradually fitting to all its cars since the CSL C257 and it is a million miles ahead of its predecessor.

The GLA is available with both FWD and AWD and a variety of engines including the 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine fitted to the AMG 35. It makes 302 hp and 295 torques, good enough for a 0-60 time of 5 seconds and an electronically limited 155 mph top speed.

Prices will start at around £35,000 in the UK.

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