New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG GLA SUV
Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG GLA SUV
Packing 375 horsepower and a $53,000 price, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is the powerful and pricey alter ego to the GLA250 compact SUV.
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The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is the alter ego to the GLA250 subcompact SUV (see separate review). Where the regular GLA is a charming little crossover SUV that acts as the gateway to the German luxury brand’s SUV lineup, this variant from Mercedes’ AMG high-performance division is the wild-child brother. Though the AMG GLA45 looks similar to the standard model, it is built to be a blast. Key to that is its handcrafted, turbocharged 4-cylinder that packs 375 horsepower and enables a 4.3-second 0-60-mph time. This powerful SUV also gets upgraded hardware for better handling and braking, not to mention more luxurious interior features. All this performance comes at price. At over $53,000, the AMG GLA starts nearly 20 grand beyond the standard model.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you already like the tidy size and spunky attitude of the Mercedes GLA but want it with the performance of a rocket, that’s what you’ll get in this AMG variant. Because the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 looks similar to the base model, it’s also a sleeper that blends into traffic.
You May Not Like This Car If...
With a price now starting over $53,000, you’re paying a big premium for the small AMG GLA45. At that price, it’s even more expensive than an Audi SQ5 and Porsche Macan. Granted, both those models are slower than this AMG hot rod, but they have a more substantial size and feel.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 now comes standard with 20-inch wheels, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring and other convenience features that were formerly optional. New colors are Iridium Silver and Denim Blue.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is similar in spirit to its CLA45 compact 4-door sibling, which uses the same engine. While that subcompact-coupe-shaped sedan can sprint to 60 mph a hair faster, the GLA has a higher seating position and the added practicality that comes with a sport-utility vehicle. Compared to other AMG models, the GLA45 feels youthful but at times a bit frenetic. Wringing 375 ponies from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is a loud affair, and for better or worse is linked to a turbocharged rush. Also for better or worse, this performance SUV begs you to be a deviant. We loved the initial rush of acceleration, but the Mercedes-AMG GLA45’s stiff suspension and boosted personality can take its toll if all you want is a comfortable commute. With its tidy size and shorter wheelbase, the AMG GLA45 can feel nervous at higher speeds.
AMG DYNAMIC PLUS PACKAGE
Call this the "go-big-or-go-home" option on the AMG GLA. This package bundles even sportier suspension with 2-stage damping, limited-slip front differential, "race mode" in drive settings and a raised top speed to 167 mph.
This is the primary reason you shell out roughly $20,000 beyond a standard GLA. The AMG variant packs the most powerful 4-cylinder currently in a production vehicle. Good for 375 horsepower, it enables the 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 to do 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
As with the standard GLA subcompact-crossover SUV, the AMG version features a 2-row/5-passenger configuration that can best be described as cozy. Front-seat passengers are treated to supportive seats, but space -- especially legroom -- is seriously compromised at just 27.1 inches. While the AMG GLA's main mission is performance, like the standard model it has more than a semblance of utility. Behind the rear seats is just over 17 cubic feet of cargo space, which is about the same as the trunk of a large sedan. Fold the rear seats, however, and it creates a usable 43.6 cubic feet. Genuine leather upholstery can be had in place of the faux MB-Tex upholstery, but it costs extra. Flashes of performance are evident in the red seatbelts, and for an even racier feel, Recaro performance front seats can be had.
The Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is similar in form to the base GLA250, but there are some giveaways to its high-performance nature. Among them are the GLA45’s aerodynamic lower bodywork, quad exhaust outlets and an AMG-specific grille. For 2019, 20-inch wheels are now standard, with 19-inch wheels remaining available as a no-cost option. If you want a more pronounced way of showcasing this crossover SUV’s performance chops, there’s the optional AMG aerodynamics package that bundles a rear wing spoiler, larger front splitter and other racer-esque aesthetic treatments. Two cool options are the LED logo projectors, which beam the Mercedes emblem onto the ground from the mirrors, and the illuminated Mercedes badge up front.
Notable Standard Equipment
In addition to the high-performance engine, all-wheel drive and hardware that ranges from upgraded brakes to sport exhaust, the 2019 AMG GLA45 includes 14-way-power driver’s seat with memory positioning, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, hands-free power tailgate, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, and universal garage remote. On the infotainment front, this Mercedes performance SUV includes an 8-inch digital display and AM/FM/CD/HD Radio system with two USB ports and Bluetooth streaming. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration is available, but you’ll have to pay extra for either as a stand-alone option or via the Multimedia package. Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and a system that monitors for driver drowsiness. Also included is three years of the Mercedes me Connect Services, which lets you use your smartphone to control and monitor certain aspects of the vehicle.
Notable Optional Equipment
Various AMG packages can enhance both the design and performance of the new GLA45. Other notable options include navigation, panoramic sunroof, a 450-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, and leather interior. As mentioned, if you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto phone integration -- and you do -- you’ll have to pay at least $350 extra. The Driver Assistance package bundles radar cruise control and active lane-keeping assist, while the Parking Assist package adds a 360-degree rearview camera system that helps you back into a space and parallel park. Also optional is an in-car Wi-Fi system.
Under the Hood
The heart of the Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is a small but mighty, handcrafted 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. This prodigious power is transmitted through a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. Unlike the regular GLA in which front-wheel drive is standard and 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional, all AMG GLA versions have the 4Matic system, and an AMG-enhanced one at that with torque vectoring. As with more and more new cars, the AMG GLA uses an Eco Start/Stop system that shuts off the engine at idle, such as stoplights. If you find the restarts too abrupt or just don't like the act of your engine stopping, the system can be defeated at the press of a button.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
375 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $53,350 before the $995 destination charge. That’s a roughly $20,000 premium over the standard GLA model, but for another perspective, this is the second-least-expensive Mercedes-AMG model, right after the AMG CLA45. Fully loaded, the AMG GLA45 can eclipse the $70,000 mark, a lot of coin for a small-luxury SUV. As Audi doesn't offer an RS Q3 in America and there currently is no high-powered M version of a BMW X1, the AMG GLA45 continues to sit in a class unto itself among high-performance, subcompact-luxury-crossover SUVs. For similar money, though, you could step into the slightly larger -- though not quite-as-fast -- Audi SQ5, Porsche Macan or Mercedes’ own AMG GLC43. Before buying your new performance SUV, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Mercedes-AMG GLA's resale value is expected to be about average.
Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG GLA Consumer Reviews
July 17, 2018
Excellent Value for entry MB
This car is the perfect urban car - the size is perfect for city driving and parking in tight spots. This car has all the power you need...
April 15, 2018
GREAT LITTLE LUXURY CAR
AWESOME VALUE. GREAT LOOKS. NICE HANDLING.
January 06, 2018
One of the best luxury autos Ive owned
I love this car. As far as looks and design, heads turn when I drive by. I purchased the matte gray, and detailed with the AMG Black...
November 19, 2016
I bought a used 2015 GLA45 AMG
I drove a Cayenne Turbo for ten years, went to a Caddy for 6 mos and then a GLA...Performance is great, very fast....Seats are very...
November 15, 2016
Perfect for young people
Although the noise control and riding comfort is not good as other Mercedes model, it is totally enough for young people. I really don't...
September 13, 2016
This just might be my next MB.
I am a Sr Citizen who has owned several diesel powered MBs and am looking for another. I have driven this car several times and like it,...
August 28, 2016
If you’re the type who likes sporty luxury cars and have more space including of road capability, the Mercedes GLA250 4Matic has a lot...
July 02, 2016
I love this vehicle
I used to drive a bigger SUV that was very basic I just recently purchased this vehicle and its very cute look like a car from the front...
June 24, 2016
2016 Mercedess GLA250 4WD
Performance very good, car seats comfortable and Exterior stylish. Interior design pretty and quality is value for the money.
February 23, 2016
PERFORMANCE, SAFETY, LOOKS & SUPERB CUSTOMER SERV
I've had my 2015 GLA for over a year. I drove it across country and back three weeks after purchasing. It is just a pleasure to drive -...
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