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Hard to go gaga over the Mercedes GLA

Merc's first compact SUV is high on features but low on driveability

Published on Jun 23, 2014 2:49 PM

BMW has a knack for making cars which display driving characteristics that are, well, BMW-ish.

Besides the electric or partly electric cars in its new "i" range, every BMW, in its most distilled form, feels like a BMW.

Anyone behind the wheel bearing the blue-and-white emblem will instantly recognise this. Even its garish X6 and ungainly GT models are hard to fault at the wheel.

The same cannot be said about Mercedeses.

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Price: $186,888 with COE

Engine: 1,595cc 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged

Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shift

Power: 156bhp at 5,300rpm

Torque: 250Nm at 1,250-4,000rpm

0-100kmh: 8.8 seconds

Top speed: 215kmh

Fuel consumption: 5.9 litres/100km

Agent: Cycle & Carriage