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Steve Sutcliffe drives the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG. With 355bhp from its 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine it's certainly powerful, but is it worth £44,595? And is it as good as the stunning A45 AMG hatchback?
I don't want a huge car, but I want a decent boot. I want four wheel drive and a bit of extra ground clearance - before my current and last Yetis I had an Avensis and broke the gearbox housing twice crossing building sites and unmade trails. I don't need Land Rover ability off road. I'd like something mildly ludicrously quick.
For what I'd like this looks very well matched; I accept I'm probably in a small minority.
Also the GLA250 I tried was more or less ruined by the stupid position of the gear change (on a lever to the right of the steering wheel) and electronic handbrake (somewhere near my right knee as it would be on an old C-class) - both issues fixed in the AMG version.
I was also wondering if the extra suspension height translates into a better ride as it does in the normal vs AMG A-class.