Base price: $37,200 + taxes
As tested: $44,200 + taxes
Highway fuel economy: 7.4-8.1 L/100 kms
City fuel economy: 9.8-10.5 L/100 kms
Competition: Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X1
Made in: Germany
The millennial generation – the latest generation to start having kids – is a picky one. And when it comes to cars, they so often want it all: a sporty drive that looks cool, can handle a bit of off-roading and hauls all their stuff… at a reasonable price. It’s a tall order but car companies are rising to the occasion and new for 2015 is Mercedes’ kick at the can – the GLA.
It shares the same underpinnings as the CLA sedan and B-series hatchback – the company’s other entry-level offerings. With better off-road capability and more aggressive styling, it has the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 squarely in its sights. But will trying to do it all have it come up short, especially for hauling around a family? We loaded the GLA full of camping gear, a dog and a car seat for a weekend of tenting to see how it would do. Check-out our video review for a full run-down of what makes the GLA stand-out and what came-up short.
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Family Wheels cons:
Family Wheels target: one to two child families. Younger kids better because of the shortage of rear leg-room
Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 4/5
Family Wheels driveability score: 4/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 4/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5
~ Thanks to Lone Star Mercedes in Calgary for lending us the vehicle for the weekend.