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PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) a simple cost effective way to buy your new or nearly new vehicle.
You choose the vehicle, the deposit, how long you want the contract to run for and the mileage you intend to do. You will then receive a quote for fixed cost motoring for the length of the contract. At the end of the contract you have a choice to either buy the vehicle outright for an agreed lump sum (the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value or final balloon payment), or hand the vehicle back to the lender.
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Hire Purchase allows you to take ownership of a vehicle once all payments are made.
This is one of the most popular methods to buy a new vehicle. You pay an initial deposit, then pay off the balance in monthly payments over an agreed period of time, when the payments are complete the vehicle is yours.
One of the main benefits with Hire Purchase is the ability to buy a high value vehicle on monthly payments.
Hire Purchase allows you to tailor your finance package as deposit, length of time and monthly payments are all flexible.
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Personal contract hire is very similar to normal contract hire, but is exclusively for private individuals. This is one of the most common form of leasing.
With a personal contract hire agreement you take control of a vehicle for a contractual period – usually referred to as the ‘lease period’. You will make fixed monthly payments for the duration of the contract – when the contract expires you will simply return the vehicle and take out a new personal contract hire lease. PCH means you never have to worry about resale values of your vehicle.
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Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control, Active brake assist, Off road comfort suspension, Speed sensitive steering with servo assistance, ECO start/stop function, Instrument cluster, Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors...
Insurance groups range from 1 to 50 and dictates the cost of the vehicles insurance. The higher the group, the higher the insurance will be for the vehicle.
BHP rates the engine performance of vehicles and stands for the brake horsepower.
CO2 is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the vehicle in grams per kilometre travelled, the lower the CO2 emissions the cleaner the vehicle is for the environment.
The total number of seats in the vehicle.
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Road Tax is based upon the CO2 emissions of the vehicle and is split into 13 bands from A to M. The higher the letter the greater the cost of tax paid to drive the vehicle on public roads. In addition to the road tax detailed below, any vehicle that had a manufacturers retail price in excess of £40,000 when first sold, attracts a road tax supplement of an additional £320 per year. This is charged until the vehicle is 6 years old.
Imagine a Mercedes A-Class hatch with a little extra practicality and a more adventurous outlook and you'll have this car in mind, the brand's GLA compact Crossover. It's the brand's answer to more premium offerings in this growing fashion-conscious segment and has been engineered with the kind of thoroughness you'd expect from the Three-Pointed Star. Let's check out this model in lightly revised form.
Mercedes calls this the enry point into its SUV line-up but in fact, the GLA isn't really any kind of proper SUV. Instead, it targets customers who like the idea of a Qashqai-class family-sized Crossover but want it with a slightly more prestigious badge. The car was launched in 2013 and specifically targets BMW's X1 and, even more directly, Audi's Q3. Under the skin, it's almost idenical to a Mercedes A-Class compact hatch, yet boasts the rugged-ised looks and slightly higher ride height that Crossover buyers like so much. With competition strengthening in this sector, Mercedes has boosted the GLA's appeal with minor exterior styling changes that include the availability of full-LED headlights. And embellishments to the cabin that offer a classier feel. More significantly, an offroad 'comfort' suspension package that raises the car by 30mm comes as standard.
A car that essentially is a family hatchback is likely to have the dynamic aptitude of a family hatchback. A model that, in contrast, is designed as a proper RAV4 or CR-V-style compact SUV is never going to feel as sharp, no matter how compromised its Rubicon Trail pretensions might be. So if you like your driving, you'll give thanks that this GLA isn't setting out to rival RAVs - or indeed Audi Q5s, BMW X3s or Range Rover Evoques come to that. Mercedes has designed a C-Class-based GLC model to do that. That frees this car to be a proper Qashqai-class compact Crossover. Or, to put it another way, to offer pretty much all the handling brio you'd get from the A-Class hatch it's designed upon, with pretty much none of the downsides, these being mainly centred on an over-firmed ride here replaced by something much more supple. When it comes to drive traction and transmission, much will depend on engine choice. The cheapest GLA 180 derivative uses a 122bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine, but most will want this unit in the uprated 156hp state of tune you get with the GLA 200. Both variants offer the choice of auto or manual transmission. Should you wish for more performance than that, you might find yourself ending up in the only 4WD GLA, the GLA 250 4MATIC auto-only 2.0-litre derivative at the top of the range. With 211 braked horses to call upon, this flagship version has a useful extra turn of speed, dispatching the 62mph benchmark in 6.6 en route to 143mph, despite having the carry around the extra weight of 4WD hardwear that can send up to 50% of the engine's power to the rear wheels for improved cornering exit traction. There are now no diesel options.
Though Mercedes sees this GLA as part of its SUV portfolio, there's nothing very SUV about the way it looks. It's probably better to simply see this as an A-Class with an added dose of attitude, a role much closer to its comfort zone thanks to a raked-back windscreen and a front end that sports big air intakes, neat flutes in the bonnet and smart smeared-back headlights. Changes made to this revised model include modified bumpers, smarter alloy wheels and the option of full-LED headlights. As before, smart GLA-specific touches include the way the stylists have teased out the wheel arches, adding muscularity to the look. And the sleek integration of the standard aluminium roof rails. Drop inside and you'll find a cabin that in this revised model has been upgraded with higher quality seat coverings, smarter trim and chromed control panels, plus there are re-styled instrument dials. Otherwise, it's as you were, which means that, depending on the suspension chosen, you can find yourself sitting up to 80mm higher than you would in a comparable A-Class model. That means quite a commanding view out-front from a driving position easily perfected by wide adjustment possibilities for seat and steering wheel aided by plentiful head and shoulder room. The cabin architecture of all Mercedes' smaller models is pretty much identical these days, which fortunately is no bad thing in terms of what you end up with here. So, as with any A or CLA-Class model, you get the same deeply-cowled twin-dial instrument binnacle viewed through a lovely, grippy nappa leather-trimmed three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. There are the same five chrome-trimmed SLS supercar-style air vents decorating a dash split into upper and lower sections. The upper part's dominated by the iPad-style 5.8-inch free-standing infotainment screen that's been stuck in the middle of it, controlled by a little rotary dial positioned where the handbrake would normally be if it hadn't been replaced by one of those fiddly electronic ones with a switch hidden away beneath the fascia. Out back, you get 481-litres of luggage space, a big jump up from the 341-litre total offered by the A-Class and around 60-litres more than you'd get in an Audi Q3.
Mainstream GLA buyers looking at the 1.6-litre petrol models will need a budget in the £25,000 to £30,000 bracket. Dedicated followers of the brand though, can consider paying up to around £35,000 for the GLA 250 4MATIC flagship 2.0-litre version. That sounds reasonable given that the extra cash gets you quite a lot of extra performance. Running costs do also rise quite significantly with this pricier model though, so make sure you've taken that into account. If, having considered all of that, you conclude that it is a GLA model you really want, then you're going to need to know what's included in the asking price. And the answer is a very reasonable spec. Even in least expensive SE trim, you get 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof rails, privacy glass, a chrome-trimmed twin-pipe exhaust, rain-sensing wipers and a reversing camera. Inside, there's man-made Artico leather for the seats and the real nappa stuff trimming the multi-function steering wheel, plus air conditioning, a trip computer and a DAB radio with Bluetooth, USB and Apple iPod connections. Standard safety stuff includes 'ATTENTION ASSIST' and 'Active Brake Assist' autonomous braking.
Mercedes has worked extremely hard to make this GLA one of the cheapest cars to run in its class, efforts aided by the fact that all the engines on offer feature direct injection and turbocharging, plus an ECO start/stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. There's also an ECO setting for the 7G-DCT 7-speed automatic gearbox, a slippery 0.29 Cd drag factor, plus intelligent management of engine ancillaries like the alternator, the oil feed and the water pump and low rolling resistance tyres. As a result, it's hard to argue with the numbers generated by this GLA, figures that aren't very different from those of its Mercedes A-Class design stablemate, despite this car's extra 40kg of weight. Fuel economy from the petrol engines is difficult to better in the class and the WLTP CO2 returns are good too. The base manual GLA 180 manages 158g/km of CO2 in manual form with 18-inch wheels - or 144g/km in this guise as an automatic. For a GLA 200, the equivalent figures are 151 and 147g/km. For the auto-only GLA 250, it's 169g/km.
By Jonathan Crouch
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|Dark privacy glass from B-pillar backwards|
|Rain sensor windscreen wipers|
|Heated rear window with timer|
|Rear privacy glass|
|Rear windscreen wiper with auto activation when reversing|
|Heated windscreen wash system|
|Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control|
|Privacy glass from B-pillar backwards|
|Rain sensor windscreen wipers with two sensitivity stages|
|Rear windscreen intermittent wiper with automatic activation when reversing|
|Heat insulating dark tinted privacy glass from the B-pillar backwards|
|Electric front windows|
|Electric rear windows|
|ABS with Brake Assist|
|ESP with ASR|
|Hill start assist|
|Adaptive brake system|
|Active brake assist|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)|
|Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist|
|Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control|
|Electronic parking brake|
|Off road comfort suspension|
|Speed sensitive power steering|
|DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)|
|Speed sensitive steering with servo assistance|
|180 degree reversing camera with parking guidelines|
|DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)|
|Active park assist with parktronic system|
|ECO start/stop function|
|Washer fluid reminder|
|Oil level warning|
|Coolant level warning indicator|
|Mercedes connect me|
|Low fuel level warning light|
|8" colour display screen|
|Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay|
|Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto|
|Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance|
|Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid|
|4 analogue dials and needles suspended in six o'clock position|
|Outside temperature gauge|
|Multi function trip computer|
|Service indicator (ASSYST)|
|Elec heated + adjust door mirrors|
|Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors|
|Body colour door mirrors|
|Aspherically curved door mirror glass|
|Chrome air vent surrounds|
|Sail pattern dash trim|
|Mercedes Audio 20 radio/single CD|
|SD card slot|
|Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming|
|8" media display touchscreen|
|Audio 20radio/single CD/MP3, 6 speaker, telephone keypad, twin radio tuner, Bluetooth, 2 USB, SD card slot and preparation Garmin Map pilot nav system|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Body colour door handles|
|Radiator grille with 2 louvres in Silver with chrome trim|
|High gloss black roof rails|
|Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes|
|Gloss black bumper inserts|
|High gloss black front splitter|
|High gloss black rear apron|
|Roof mounted radio aerial|
|Body colour door handles with chrome inserts|
|Black beltline strips|
|Body styling inserts in front splitter and side sill panels with rear apron trim in high gloss black|
|Front and rear bumper with simulated under guard in high gloss black|
|Front door sills with Mercedes-Benz lettering|
|Two pipe visible exhaust system with chrome tailpipe tips|
|Radiator grille with two louvres in silver with chrome highlights|
|Body colour bumpers|
|Body colour side skirt|
|LED tail lights|
|LED third brake light|
|LED high performance headlamps|
|Full LED tail lamps|
|Front fog lights|
|Automatic headlamp activation|
|LED indicators in door mirrors|
|Adaptive brake lights|
|Air conditioning thermatic|
|Air vents with chrome surround and cruciform nozzles|
|Centre console storage|
|Front centre armrest with storage compartment|
|Centre console with cupholders|
|Height/reach adjustable steering column|
|3 spoke multifunction nappa leather steering wheel|
|Artico man-made leather upholstery|
|Artico man-made leather/Maringa fabric upholstery|
|Grey roof lining|
|Front centre armrest with stowage|
|Twin front cup holders|
|3 spoke and 12 button multifunction steering wheel trimmed in nappa leather with perforated grip area|
|Manually height and reach adjustable steering column|
|Illuminated glove compartment stowage|
|Luggage compartment cover|
|Leather trimmed gearknob|
|12V socket in luggage compartment|
|Load securing rings in luggage compartment|
|Illuminated door sills|
|12V power socket in centre console|
|Luggage compartment lighting|
|Courtesy light in boot|
|Ambient lighting in front headrests|
|Front footwell lights|
|Lighting in stowage compartment, sun visors, door handles, and headrests + rear reading lamps|
|White courtesy and red warning lights in front doors and boot lid|
|Rear footwell lights|
|Stowage compartment lighting|
|Rear Reading Lamps|
|Interior door handle illumination|
|Comfort seat pack - GLA Class|
|Night pack - GLA Class Urban Edition|
|Child proof door locks|
|3 rear 3 point seatbelts|
|Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows|
|3 rear three point seatbelts|
|Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm|
|Dual stage Driver and Front passenger airbags|
|Front side airbags|
|Front passenger seat occupancy sensor|
|Warning triangle and first aid kit|
|Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags|
|Tyre pressure monitoring system|
|Drivers knee airbag|
|Front and rear seatbelt reminder|
|Crash responsive emergency lighting|
|Integrated head restraints|
|Height adjustable front seats|
|Isofix rear child seat preparation|
|Front seat cushion length adjustment|
|Split folding rear seat backrests|
|Sports seats with integrated head restraints|
|Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points|
|1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats|
|Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor|
|Front and rear headrests|
|Black seat belts|
|Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser|
|Anti-theft alarm system/interior protection with tow-away protection and interior monitoring systems|
|Keyless Go starting function|
|Remote central locking|
|Chrome surround electric key|
|Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors|
|18" 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels|
|Wheels - Alloy|
|18" 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted black with high sheen finish|
|18" 5 twin spoke alloy wheels in high sheen finish|
|18' 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in black with a high sheen finish|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Tirefit sealant with electric air pump|
|Tirefit tyre sealant kit|
|Lane tracking pack - GLA||£595.00|
|Paint - Metallic|
|Metallic - Cosmos Black||£595.00|
|Metallic - Iridium silver||£595.00|
|Metallic - Mountain grey||£595.00|
|Paint - Solid|
|Solid - Polar white||Standard|
|Solid - Jupiter Red||Standard|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Trim - Part Leather|
|Artico man-made leather/Maringa fabric - Black with white seams||Standard|
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||8.7|
|Engine Power - BHP||122|
|Engine Power - KW||90|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||5000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||148|
|Engine Torque - MKG||20.4|
|Engine Torque - NM||200|
|Engine Torque - RPM||1250|
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