Complete Car | Test Drives MercedesBenz GLA 45 AMG

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Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AT Special Series

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG

New Mercedes GLA line-up by bonkers 360hp GLA 45 AMG. driven it.

When: February

Where: Granada, Spain

2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG Edition 1

International first drive

rating: 4/5

Merc’s new GLA 45 is very like its two closely-related AMG cousins: fast, with a great and good looks inside and but perhaps not the most involving car has issued forth from

Body style: five-door SUV

Audi RS Q3, BMW X3 xDrive 35i, Macan S

CO 2 emissions: 175g/km E, €750 per annum)

Combined 37.7mpg (7.5 litres/100km)

Top 250km/h

0-100km/h: 4.8 seconds

360hp at 6,000rpm

Torque: 450Nm from to 5,000rpm

In the Metal: 5/5

Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AT Special Series

There two versions of the 45 at the launch event and the one that caught the eye was the Edition 1, its white paint, contrasting roof spoiler, side and red pin-striping everywhere. It looked much like the Concept shown at the LA Auto Show last year, minus the ’45’ number transfer on the and it’s very pleasing to upon. Sadly, the Edition 1 be coming to Ireland, so the ‘normal’ AMG is all we’ll get. Luckily, very good looking with enough clues as to its — such as the larger air at the side of the front bumper, the twin-blade highlights in the grille and of the traditional AMG quad-exit exhausts at the — but the overall effect is restrained and subtle, just the way we our Q cars.

The interior owes a lot to the A 45 and CLA 45, with the superb bucket seats in the red stitching all over the dash and a Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel to It certainly conveys its intent before you’ve even up the engine, and the final plus is that the GLA’s inherent of height (it’s not the tallest SUV or around) means you feel you’re sitting on the floor in the 45, heightening the sense of anticipation.

it: 4/5

Again, very much the A 45 and CLA 45 — the GLA has no shortage of pace and all the driver interfaces seem well sorted. The steering has a amount of heft and feel, the DCT gearbox is excellent at blasting up and the gears, and the brakes are suitably and well-weighted. The 4Matic all-wheel blesses the car with huge at all times and you can feel the GLA shifting to whichever wheel needs it when cornering hard. habit is not intrusive, just as it lets you know exactly the GLA’s limits are being

The engine dominates, though, and no less stunning in the GLA than it is in its It makes a fantastic noise for a turbo and it’s incredibly considering there’s just one turbo in there doing all the But while it was quick enough, the performance stats (it’s 0.2 seconds behind the two smaller 45 on the 0-100km/h sprint, at 4.8 seconds) a little optimistic. It didn’t as if it had quite as much thump as the CLA 45, that may be because our test engine was a bit tight — miles might unleash a bit oomph.

What was best about the GLA 45 was its ride and general composure. It feels much more than the CLA 45, which in itself some rigid nightmare. It may be the roads in the south of Spain the baby Merc SUV, but it was a showing from the GLA, all the more impressive by the car’s body control. Roll is not an issue when you decide to it into corners. What is of concern is that it lacks final degree of interactivity robs the A/CLA 45s of greatness too it’s just too inert you really go for broke.

What you get for Money: 4/5

Prices for the GLA 45 AMG are yet to be revealed of its June launch, but expect it to be in the of €65,000 when it does go on order’ sale. It will very well-specified as standard but will still be the option of in things like the Comand system and other toys, the car’s price well up hence why we feel we should the Porsche Macan S a rival.

Although the Edition 1 won’t be to Ireland, the models on display in showed off some of the AMG optional you can specify — and the performance is a must. It provides wonderful and bangs in Sport mode as it unburnt fuel into the to provide its naughty soundtrack. absolutely no reason not to pick it; in it should be standard fit on all GLA 45s.

The GLA 45 AMG is a superb all-rounder for something performance-orientated, with an excellent coupled with fabulous control and good refinement. It is needless to say it is plenty quick for most needs and the four-cylinder remains an absolute gem. The GLA AMG is the biggest of the three ’45’-badged so it will win buyers simply for its interior space and implied of increased security for occupants but while it’s an entertaining machine, it’s not as sharp as the A 45 or the CLA 45 and it will cost more to Hence, it’s likely to be as rare. Shame.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 AT Special Series

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