hahaha - yes absolutely, I love that green colour but my Mrs said "over my dead body" but probably meant over my dead body rather than hers lol
This one's definitely slightly less boy racer. I saw a red GLA 200 or 220 CDi, looked great in red, really great colour. I was tempted by the green colour but the Mrs vetoed that. After all, she has to drive it too. Of which, she's driven it exactly 0 times so far. I'll make sure she gets to have a go this evening.
Re -Run in details
i didnt find any of those in the vehicle. There was no sticker etc. The valet guy also rinsed the car 9 miles before i picked it up. Cheeky sod. I couldnt really say anything as i had asked for the tank to be filled before i picked it up. No wonder he kept saying what a lovely car it was. Cheeky... That said i've read a heap of posts regarding the whole "keep revs below 4,500" and dont push it too hard till it has run 1k miles then gradually push it up. So far it's only gone 5k revs this one time, other times i keep it below the 4.5k. When i'm cruising i regularly change gear manually to take up to 2000, 3000, 3,500 revs and once in a while 4,000 for a few seconds. Max speed ive taken it is around 75 mph. Did you find or were you given any run-in advice by the dealer?
THOUGHTS ON THE VEHICLE SO FAR
week 1 summary so after doing around 240 miles mainly in an urban setting , here are my early thoughts on the vehicle. of course these will change over time.
my street is terrible to drive this car. it is single Lane and curves and cars always park really badly along the edge and three times I've now scraped my passenger side rims on the curb which is quite low. The road meanders and some cars eally look like they stick out too much into my path. Lesson to self, slow down! My previous car was 20cm narrower and I could always easily fit it but I go into unconscious / muscle memory mode when approaching my house. I’ll need to consciously change my driving habits or I'll have to eventually claim on my rim insurance.
I think the way the car looks is super aggressive. I had parked it next to my cousins two 5 series super smart BMWs and this car’s design is truly bonkers by comparison. it is really unorthodox and the AMG styling with the 20 inch rims and red calipers and aggressive curves just make it look like a brute. safe to say the car garners a lot of attention at least. I had gotten merc to take off the insignia on the back off so all we have is the round merc emblem. so not a lot of people seem to know what model the car is. if I was dropping a load of cash on an s class or E class I wouldn't really get anywhere near the looks I get in this one. I've seen some driver envy also. this dude in a massive rangerover was just staring down into the car and cockpit at some red lights. clear looks of what on earth is that thing you're driving. the best was some guy at the petrol station with a very nice looking merc just stopped got his Mrs in the passenger side to just gawp at the car for about 8 or 9 seconds before driving off. So there's a lot of what the **** is that going on. I have cctv as well so I get lots of people turning their heads as they walk past and one or two actually giving the car and interior a full 2 minute inspection lol.
The engine and power delivery are truly immense. And the throttle response in comfort mode is quite decent for when I need some power I just push the pedal down and within around half a second the throttle kicks in. the transmission is very good. a few reviewers on the net mentioned that this was the weak point of the car but I feel they may be raising the bar way too high here. I've given sport mode and sport plus a try as well but am conscious of engine break in guidelines so always shift up at around 4000 revs. In fact the highest I've revved the car is 5k and this was in comfort mode when I floored the pedal around 2/3rd of the way.
either way I always come back to comfort mode as the main mode at this early stage of ownership.
While in comfort mode and driving slowly, steering the vehicle can be a bit of a challenge and seem to need to give the steering wheel constant input. The steering wheel almost fights me by constantly trying to centre while i’m trying to keep it at an angle. Going upwards of 50mph though, the steering really stiffens and things become much easier even in comfort mode.
Given Merc have had lane departure warning systems (albeit in trucks) for around 16 years, I’m a bit umimpressed that this isnt a standard option on vehicles.
I've had a few rattle issues. Firstly the COMAND system resonates with the exhaust sound at lowe revs. This can only be sorted by my putting a hand on the system. There seems to be a bit of rattle sometimes at the right door also. Not a major issue, but it is certainly present. I guess this is a car and not a house s some issues like this are probably to be expected.
motorway driving and start / stop driving in traffic are extremely easy
BRAKES ARE TOO POTENT AND BLIND SPOTS!
I've almost had 2 accidents in 6 days. both on the same day. I was on the slip road from the m25 to the M4 and the cars in front kept accelerating and braking sharply and the first time that happened I switched on my hazards to warn the driver behind. anyhow , this chap really wasn't interested in driving carefully and I suppose I was not regulating my speed gradually from start to halt and i was pretty much following what the guys ahead were doing and as soon as I braked the car behind had to go onto the hard shoulder or he would have hit the back of my car. anyhow the car behind him then moved directly behind me and then this idiot did the same thing with that car and again he was on the hard shoulder a second time at a later braking session.
I then drove around for ages and we went to a pub to eat and this time my carelessness almost had me hit a stationary parked car when reversing. I didn't see it in my blind spot and it is just lucky that I braked just in time. instead of using the rear camera to reverse and turn I looked through the rear window. with this car it is so important to keep your foot on the brake when reversing as it starts to pick up speed and also use the mirrors and camera rather than the over the shoulder view which is quite poor. phew. that was close !!! the warning beeps suddenly started chiming and then were continuous within a second !!! and I braked and thought why the **** is the car beeping hahahah only through the side mirror did I see a silver car. goddamn that was close. lesson learnt !!!
I think overall the sensors could really start earning or beeping much much sooner but I appreciate there's some driver incompetence here at play but it would be good to be able to tweak sensitivity.
Overall this week, i've also taken the car offroad (not planned). I stuck a POI near dorking and selected it and lo and behold, my laziness was soon exposed. I ended up driving on roads like these... https://firstname.lastname@example.org...6!9m2!1b1!2i52
. Single lane, loose gravel, pitch black, really hilly and completely in the middle of nowhere!
The navigation system generally is very good indeed. No complaints. I havent been tempted to stick co-pilot or google maps on my phone instead.
Ive tried and tried and tried to set this up... no luck so far!