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The GLA 45 AMG is a strangely appealing vehicle. On the one hand, it's a roomy family car with plenty of amenities and technology, and on the other, it's a full-fledged, low-slung sports car with athleticism that surpasses most sports cars on the road. Despite this, it's still a more mellow, less wild AMG than we're used to. There's no large, rowdy V8 under the hood, and the rear wheels aren't left to their own devices with all the power in the world. Instead, the power comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sends power to all four wheels with the reassurance of all-wheel drive. But don't think for a second that it's a weak AMG.
The Mercedes GLA 45 AMG was introduced to the Indian market for the first time in the year 2014. The GLA 45 AMG is a GLA crossover with Mercedes-performance Benz's division performance enhancements. The GLA 45 AMG received the classic AMG facelift. It was powered by a 2.0 liter inline four turbocharged petrol motor with 355 bhp and 450 Nm, capable of propelling it from 0-400 in just 4.8 seconds.
In 2017, Mercedes introduced the refreshed 45 AMG, a few months after the updated GLA was launched. It comes with minor exterior and interior tweaks. Though, it's powered by the same engine as its predecessors. It now made slightly more power as well as torque. The AMG 45 was discontinued in 2020 and was replaced by the next-generation AMG 35 model.
Powering the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG is a 2.0 liter (1991 cc) four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that churns out an incredible 375 bhp of max power and 475 Nm of peak torque.
The Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG is offered in only petrol fuel type.
The engine on the 45 AMG comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission.
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Introduced in 2014, the Mercedes Benz GLA 45 AMG is the mad hot version of the standard GLA. And while some might consider it an entry-level AMG vehicle, the best way to look at it is as an everyday performance car. It is the best of both worlds - it has the handling of a hatchback and ground clearance of a compact SUV. It features the identical 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that the CLA 45 AMG also uses. The 45 AMG utilises stiffer anti-roll bars, and beefier springs. The GLA 45 AMG is easily identifiable from the standard GLA by its more aggressive styling elements like the bumpers, different grille, quad exhaust pipes, rear diffuser, and 19 inch rims with brake callipers finished in red.
The Mercedes Benz GLA AMG 45 is offered only in a single fully loaded variant. It is offered in six attractive colours: Mountain Grey Cirrus White, Jupiter Red, Cosmos Black, Pilar Silver Metallic, and Canyon Beige Metallic.
Top features on the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG include bi-xenon headlights with daytime running LEDs, Ambient lighting system with 12 selectable colors, large panoramic sunroof, attention assist, touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, powered front seats with memory, automatic climate control, rear AC vent, and powered tailgate.
Key safety features on the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG include multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), pressure monitoring system, attention assist and reversing camera.
The 45 AMG is priced at Rs 77.84 lakhs (ex-showroom). Though there isn't any direct rival of the GLA 45 in the Indian market, the BMW M2 Competition is available at an almost similar price range.
The GLA 45 blends the exquisite aesthetics of the normal model with AMG-exclusive features like the aggressively designed front splitter, aluminium roof rails, sporty 19-inch wheels, huge red brake callipers, AMG logo between the radiator grille blades and quad exhaust pipes.
The cabin is tastefully designed and feels properly premium. Plus, the AMG special bits like the red seat belts, sporty three-spoke steering with red stitching, aluminium pedals, body-hugging sports seats add to the appeal.
It offers tremendous performance. The engine's mid-rpm punch allows it to reach triple-digit speeds in a flash, and even high-speed overtaking manoeuvres don't necessitate downshifts.
It's in the corners where this setup flourishes, and that's where the GLA shines. It drives like a car. Around a turn, it stays flat and glued to the road. The steering provides superb feedback, and the grip provided by the large tyres and the all-wheel-drive system makes the GLA 45 AMG fun to drive on winding roads.
Due to its increased ground clearance, the GLA 45 AMG appears to be a better offering as a crossover. Over normal road surfaces, the increased ride height also results in decent ride quality.
Best of both worlds; the 45 AMG offers everyday usability in a high-performance AMG package.
The space, on the whole, isn't that vast by comparison to its competitors; both legroom and headroom at the back are barely enough. Plus, the narrow window area adds to the claustrophobic feeling.
Misses some equipment like ventilated seats, there's no audio warning when you are getting forward or reversing, and apple car play and android auto offered are not wireless.
Because the GLA features a stiff suspension setup, it has a rough ride at town speeds, especially when travelling over bad roads or bumps.
It's still not an engine capable of lunging forward on torque at low rpm without requiring a gear change. When you're in the wrong gear, the GLA 45 suffers from turbo lag that lasts for almost a second.
Gearbox feels slightly hesitant in comfort mode
The explosive GLA45, the hot-rod crossover twin of the CLA45, adds crossover flexibility to already outrageous performance. Both cars have the same engine: a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 375 bhp 475 Nm of torque, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and a four-wheel-drive. Dressed out with aggressive-looking bumpers, griller, quad exhaust pipes, splitters and diffusers, and 19-inch rims with red brake callipers, the hot-hatch GLA45 is easily distinguishable over the standard model. It's a similar story on the inside, too; contrast red stitching and deeper, sport seats add to the sporty fail. And because it's an AMG, we can excuse the limited back seat space for a minute. Altogether, the 45 AMG is a machine purpose-built for delivering as much driving pleasure as possible from what is basically a crossover platform without compromising on the everyday practical bits.
When you press the accelerator pedal on any vacant stretch of road, you'll hear the ominous growl of a wicked energetic turbocharged engine as all four wheels struggle for traction in first and second gear. On a good day, the GLA 45 will sprint from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in under 5 seconds before reaching an electronically regulated top speed of 250 kilometres per hour. For the type of roads we have, the GLA 45 is still really quick. However, because it isn't a naturally aspirated V8 or anything, you'll need to be in the appropriate gear to get the most out of it. Nonetheless, the four-cylinder does its best to keep you entertained with its sound and doesn't let you miss a V8. Select sports mode to dial it up a little bit more. Though it's a 4WD, it's still based on a front-wheel-drive platform, so it's predominantly an FWD, but the engine can send 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels if the system feels the need for it. You can't avoid the front bias if you drive aggressively, but for the most part, it drives like a tidy, tight hatchback with a certain amount of fun built-in. The ride quality is a little stiff but not too jarring or uncomfortable.
Altogether, it's hard not to be impressed by the GLA 45 as the ultimate everyday performance car. If you have a family of four, it's mind-blowingly fast, attractive, easy to get into and out of, and relatively adaptable. However, the high-performance crossover class remains a niche market. Sure, the Porsche Macan Turbo has a comparable appeal, but it's impossible to ignore the reality that it's an expensive purchase.