Review: Mercedes-Benz GLA 220d 4MATIC Activity Edition


The strong GLA from Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated its grit driving all around the globe – crossing mountains, valleys, sand and snow! Yes this minimized auto has driven more than 50,000 kms on the Great Overland Adventure and has been doing everything in its customary front wheel drive symbol! However, now Mercedes-Benz India has at long last chosen to convey the GLA to us in its 4Matic or all-wheel drive form as well. Also, is calling it the GLA Activity Edition. We had scooped the GLA before it came to India with the main selective audit . So why not do that again with the 4Matic excessively eh?

Mercedes-Benz GLA 4Matic Rear

At the point when Mercedes-Benz had initially propelled the GLA in India precisely two years prior – other than the All-Wheel Drive, it distressfully missed an all the more effective motor. All things considered, the uplifting news is, that has changed as well.

The 4Matic is driving in as the 220d – significance it's the same motor square you generally got with the 200 yet tuned in an unexpected way. So you now get 170 stallions rather than the 136 on the 220, and 50 more Nm of pinnacle torque at 350 Nm. So even in slower driving conditions – particularly in city activity – you do feel that additional torque making a difference. The auto certainly additionally feels more spry with the 4Matic framework on board. The new motor means the badging changes as well – so the auto now conveys the GLA 220 d identification – alongside the 4Matic identification too obviously.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 4Matic Side Profile

The other shallow changes incorporate a dark decal along the base of the entryways, chrome complete as an afterthought cladding, diverse dark and chrome compound example, and the Activity Edition identification on the bumper. The auto additionally has the rough terrain bundle which incorporates the raised rough terrain suspension. In any case, Mercedes-Benz had given the rough terrain suspension as standard on the India spec GLA from the begin, thus the Activity Edition 220 d 4Matic does not ride higher than the 200s. The new variation additionally accompanies a 12V force attachment in the boot, an electric back end (a major in addition to), and its back seat backs have two positions – a more upright or the standard lean back – to give you the choice of 60 liters of additional bootspace.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 4Matic Cabin

The lodge is generally the same however does now have a bigger 8" screen with a superior presentation for the Comand interface. The Activity Edition likewise has a begin stop catch now for keyless start. There is likewise the 'cell phone incorporation bundle' – meaning it now has Apple CarPlay. The dash is like the current variation's yet now gets a Dynamic Select catch rather than the past Comfort-Sport-Eco. That is on account of there is likewise a dynamic mode now for rough terrain driving. There is additionally an additional catch that lets you in a split second get to the auto's dynamic driving presentation on the primary screen – so you see pitch and yaw and in addition controlling and wheel positions and points continuous. Other than that you likewise have what Mercedes-Benz likes to call DSR – which is downhill speed direction. It is essentially the same thing as slope drop control, and works viably.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 4Matic System

The Activity Edition badge may just stay on as a special edition on the FWD GLA as well at a later stage – so expect the same trim changes to make it to that car in the future – at which stage the 4Matic will simply be the all-wheel drive variant in the lineup. Those changes are expected with the GLA’s global facelift that is expected in 2017. Mercedes-Benz is dropping the brown colour that the GA was previously positioned with – and so the Activity Edition will be available in white, red, silver and a new grey (that is also available on cars like the CLA). The regular GLA will also switch over to these colours only soon.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 4Matic Wheel

The GLA Activity Edition will naturally be priced higher than the GLA 200s currently on sale. Mercedes-Benz India will announce prices early next week. The FWD variant will of course also continue to sell alongside this new car, and like I said will receive some of the new features in a few months’ time. The AMG version of this car – the GLA 45 4Matic – will also still be available.