Performance-orientated GLA unveiled; features 355bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine and goes on sale in the spring
Darren Moss
13 January 2014

The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG has been revealed at the Detroit motor show.

Destined to become the crown in the new GLA line-up, the all-wheel-drive compact SUV uses the same turbocharged 2.0-litre engine as the A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG, meaning outputs of 355bhp and 332lb ft of torque.

The engine is mated to the AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed transmission, which allows drivers to choose from three performance profiles named Manual, Sport and Controlled Efficiency. The latter mode is geared towards maximising fuel efficiency, and also activates the car's stop/start function.

The GLA45 AMG is due to go on sale in the spring alongside the standard GLA. The car has a claimed 0-62mph time of 4.8sec and its top speed is limited to 155mph. Combined economy is claimed to be 37.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are rated at 175g/km.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, said: “Feedback on the Concept GLA 45 AMG during its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show provided clear affirmation of our decision to bring this new AMG model to market."

Additional AMG modifications over a standard GLA include sports suspension, high-performance brakes, an AMG sports exhaust system and an exterior bodykit.

Bespoke interior trim on the car includes a performance steering wheel, performance leather seats and carbonfibre trim.

The car expands the AMG SUV lineup to five models, with the GLA45 AMG sitting alongside the ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG, G63 AMG and G65 AMG.

"Right now," added Moers, "no other segment is growing as rapidly as that of the compact SUV. Our new high-performance SUV offers not only the world’s most powerful series-production four-cylinder, but also impressively low consumption and emissions figures.

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz GLA

Merc's first compact crossover might enter at the premium end of the class, but it faces tough competition from established entries like the Nissan Qashqai

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

Join the debate


7 January 2014
Cars (and other vehicles) are a very large part of what we see around us. If you want to put up a hideous building, you have to go through a planning process designed to stop you. Yet there are no controls on the appearance of cars. It's antisocial to put a car this ugly on the road.

7 January 2014
This is not an SUV, just because Mercedes say it is does not mean it is. It is way more a sports car or hatchback, I suggest from now on these are referred to as Fat-hatchbacks.

7 January 2014
Or Fatches.

7 January 2014
I rather like the look of the GLA, much better than an X1 or Q3. And this is just a fast version of it. It will be like the A45, only taller, with more room.

7 January 2014
...but overstyled. Like every new Merc. And with their bombastic/get out of my way grille.

7 January 2014
and have never been a fan of fake exhaust covers. Merc please go back to real oval pipes and only install 2 for your small 4 cylinder cars

7 January 2014
Grille harps back to classic 560 SECs in the 80s.

I can see no trace of the ugly stick here................

7 January 2014
Not my cup of tea, but I think its the only A Class with anything like decent proportions.

7 January 2014
Mercedes, please can you go back to the elegant saloons of the 60s, 70s and 80s. The Concept XC from Volvo has shown you how to do it, this is just all over the place with echoes of F1, old saloons and trendy hatchbacks. Not the way to go. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I will not return to MB until they sort their styling out. What is wrong with an elegant, expensive, efficiently equipped but impeccably built motor car?

8 January 2014
BMW cleaned up their act to some extent, whereas MB have gone totally Bangle. Also it's about time someone styled a car without the slanting headlights above a clip with a wide central hole and two side holes, all going GRRRR, such a cliche these days.


Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week