Nollywood screen diva , Mercy Aigbe ’ s combination of good looks and acting skills put her in good stead in the nation ’ s movie industry .
The Edo – state born actress attended Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School Ikeja , Lagos before proceeding to The Polytechnic , Ibadan , Oyo State , where she obtained the Ordinary National Diploma in Financial Studies and later enrolled at the University of Lagos for a degree in Theatre Arts.
The award – winning actress joined Nollywood in 2006 , although she features predominantly in Yoruba movies, she also takes roles in the mainstream industry .
The actress who is also a producer is involved in other businesses apart from acting .
On Friday , May 22, Aigbe took to her social media handle to post a picture of her latest acquisition ; a Mercedes Benz GLA 250 , which according to her came after much persuasion .
The actress posted a picture of her sitting on the bonnet of the car with the caption “After much persuasion , her excellency finally joined the Benz Gang .
New Whip Alert .
’’ The 2020 model of the car will be used for this article .
With its diminutive size and nimble demeanour , the GLA -class feels more like a hatchback than many of its crossover competitors .
As the smallest and cheapest of Mercedes – Benz ’ s SUVs , its interior is neither as luxurious nor as spacious as you might expect for a vehicle with the prestigious three- pointed- star badge .
Plenty of high – end technology features are on offer, but the GLA has gone a while without updates .
That means it ’ s less appealing than the newer A-class sedan , which boasts a more attractive design inside and out.
A new , fully modernised version of the GLA – class should arrive sometime within the next year
One thinks the 2020 model year will be the last for the current – generation GLA before a new model arrives for 2021 .
As such , Mercedes – Benz did not make any changes for the 2020 model year .
Engine, transmission , and performance
The GLA250 ’ s turbo 2 . 0 – liter four – cylinder engine makes 208 horsepower and mates to a seven – speed automatic transmission .
Front- wheel drive is standard and all- wheel drive ( 4 Matic ) is optional .
While that doesn ’ t sound like meaningful muscle, the powertrain does a remarkable job of pulling the GLA 250 around so long as you keep up the revs.
During light- footed , around – town driving , the GLA feels sluggish.
At a test track , the all- wheel- drive test vehicle managed a quick 5 . 8 – second blast from zero to 60 mph thanks to its launch- control feature .
Due to the GLA 250 ’ s raised ride height, there is body roll when cornering , but otherwise the handling is sharp and athletic .
The chassis is competent and lively during spirited driving , but when pushed to its limit , the GLA 250 is quick to remind you that you ’ re not behind the wheel of a sports car .
The effects of the firm suspension are a rough ride over uneven roads and the odd choppy highway ride.
The steering is light but precise ; however, extra heft in the wheel would be appreciated .
Around town, the light steering aids maneuverability , so the compromise is acceptable .
Fuel economy and real- world MPG
The GLA compares favourably with the competition in fuel economy .
It ’ s important to note that the GLA 250 ’ s turbocharged engine requires premium gasoline , but so , too , do the X 1 , the Infiniti QX30 , and the NX. Over 200 – mile highway fuel – economy test route , the GLA 250 4 Matic managed an impressive 34 mpg , outpacing the aforementioned rivals including the hybrid version of the NX.
Interior , comfort, and cargo
Overall , the GLA 250 ’ s design is stylish and sophisticated , although some of the material finishes are less refined than what we’ d expect from a Mercedes – Benz .
Panel fit and finish doesn ’ t match the rest of the Mercedes – Benz lineup , either .
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The manual tilting – and-telescoping column makes it easy for the driver to find a comfortable position , but power- adjustable controls would be nice at this price point .
The GLA250 ’ s cabin is on the small side .
The front row is roomy enough for two adults, but the back seat is cramped to the point that rear head- and legroom are the worst in the class .
For those with small children , this may not pose a problem .
But if you ’ re expecting to take the GLA 250 on a long trip with four adults, it will be a tight squeeze.
The GLA250 ’ s rear cargo area is one of the smallest in the segment.
If carting bulky items is part of your daily routine , be sure to do a test – run to ensure your items will stow .
We fit five carry – on cases behind the rear seats and 16 in total with the seats folded flat .
But the X 1 managed to fit seven behind its rear seats and the Volvo XC 40 swallowed an impressive 23 carry – ons with its seats folded .
Safety and driver – assistance features
No crash – test results are available for the GLA – class from US agencies , but Mercedes – Benz does offer a comprehensive list of standard safety gear.
Driver- assistance technologies are available , but mainly as pricey options that drive up the bottom line. Key safety features include : standard forward – collision warning and automated emergency braking , available lane – keeping assist and available adaptive cruise control
Straightforward infotainment system
Good fuel economy
Great predicted reliability rating
Slow acceleration from a stop
Low – grade interior materials
Minimal passenger and cargo room
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