The entry-level to the truly lovely looking new entry-point to Mercedes-Benz SUV range is the GLA 200. While it is deeply attractive inside and hugely pleasant to look at outside, from any and every angle, truly improving on what was already a pretty good looker in its first generation, the 200 does sound like it might be tiny bit underpowered.
The GLA 200 is powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine - as opposed to the 2.0-litre in the next step up, the GLA 250 - and is front-drive only. Which is a bit embarrassing when you're trying to tell your neighbour you've just bought a Mercedes "SUV".
That engine makes just 120kW and 250Nm and uses a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic, which is also one cog less than you get in the 250.
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The very tempting-sounding base price of $55,100 also gets you Comfort Seats in ARTICO upholstery, Keyless Go, a powered tailgate, the very modern MBUX multimedia system with sat nav, reversing camera, Apple CarPlay and Google Android plus wireless device charging, 64-colour ambient lighting, rain-sensing wipers, DAB+ digital radio, Active Parking Assist with Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, Adaptive High Beam Assist, LED fixed headlights and 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.