Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG 4Matic Review
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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
24 Oct 2014
 

Introduction, Exterior

Let’s face it, the A 45 AMG we drove last year was brilliant and still is. The CLA 45 AMG wasn’t too bad either and it gave a slightly larger boot. So one questions where this latest GLA 45 AMG sits in this trio of rip snorting Benzes and if it’s really necessary at all.

The donor vehicle, the GLA, is a crossover based on the A-Class platform. So essentially what the GLA 45 sums up to is an A-Class with a raised ride height. Or is it?

 

Exterior

From the outside the impression the GLA 45 AMG leaves is lasting. With a design that echoes that of the A-Class, the car gets beefier front and rear bumpers to make it more SUV-like. But the wheel arches hide large 20-inch wheels that on this AMG version, looks every bit the business. Not only that, the car gains a pretty respectable ride height as a fringe benefit.

Just like the hatchback, all GLA 45 AMGs sold in Singapore are decked in Edition 1 standard. A special edition to mark the first year of production for the model. Similar to the hatchback, the car gains a cool paintjob as well as additional aero bits in the front and a rear spoiler. Red accents are added to the wing mirrors and wheels for a striking contrast. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1991cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 360bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 2250rpm
Power to Weight 227.1 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 4.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed AMG Speedshift DCT
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4451 x 1804 x ) mm
Wheelbase 2699 mm
Kerb Weight 1585 kg
Boot Capacity 421 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs