The GLA is redesigned for 2021 and is markedly better than the cramped, stiff-riding original.
Power comes from the same 221-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine as its GLB sibling, mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.
It's a quick car despite some initial hesitation from a rolling stop.
Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional.
Fuel economy is commendable.
The roofline is more sleek compared with the GLB, but visibility to the rear and sides suffers as a result.
The solid, substantial GLA feels taut and agile on the road, but the ride skews firm.
The seats are comfortable and supportive and, as with other recent entry-level Mercedes models, fit and finish is impressive.
We found the elaborate infotainment system to be too distracting.
FCW, AEB with pedestrian detection, and BSW are standard.