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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: March 12, 2019


The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG is the hooted up variant of the popular GLA250. It is much like a taller hatchback with SUV-like utility and higher seating position. Equipped with a gutsy yet fuel efficient engine the GLA comes loaded with amenities which you expect from a luxury brand.

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Pros

Fun to drive and easy to maneuver

Respectable fuel economy

Upscale interior

High ground clearance and all-wheel-drive

Cons

Low cargo space

Firm suspension and noisy cabin

Low on headroom and legroom

What's New?

There are no major changes in the 2019 iteration of GLA 45 AMG and it now rolls with 20 inch wheels as standard.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53350

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

375 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

350 lbs.-ft @ 2250 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.7/61.8

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

175.4 in.

width

71 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

3457 lbs.

ground clearance

4.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/28 mpg

highway range

414.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 in Cocoa Brown Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 in Cosmos Black Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 in Iridium Silver Metallic color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 in Jupiter Red color  2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 in Night Black color
Cocoa Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Interior

6.5

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Base

Base

power
375 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$53,350


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $53,350 MSRP (22/25/28) 375 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5   Mountain Grey Metallic
  Cosmos Black Metallic
  Iridium Silver Metallic
  Polar White Metallic
  designo Mountain Grey Magno
  Lunar Blue Metallic

Expert Review

7.0

Overall Rating


The GLA is powered by turbocharged inline 4 which produces 375 horsepower and similar amount of torque. Engine is mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission which drives the front wheels. It have race car like reflexes and its 4Matic all-wheel-drive system makes it a solid choice for those who live in the snowy weather.


 
 
 

6.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Features

The AMG GLA 45 comes with all-wheel drive and the GLA 250's standard features, but with significantly more power (375 hp, 350 lb-ft of torque) from the same engine. It's further distinguished with 19-inch wheels, a sport exhaust, sport-tuned suspension and steering, upgraded brakes, LED headlights, and a power passenger seat. The GLA 45's options largely mirror those of the GLA 250, but there are a couple of exclusive additions.

Trims

AMG GLA 45

MSRP

$ 53,350

Key Features

· 2.0L I-4 Engine

·
7-spd auto-shift man
w/OD Transmission

   

· 375 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower

·
350 @ 2,250 rpm
Torque

   

· AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel Drive type

·
ABS and driveline
Traction control

   

· 20" machined aluminum Wheels

·
Front air
conditioning, dual zone automatic

 

 

 

· Driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats

·
SiriusXM
AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio

   

2 - 1st row LCD monitor

Keyfob (all doors)
Remote keyless entry ,

Rear Fog/driving
lights, Heated mirrors

 

 Driver and passenger Lumbar support

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Engine and Performance

"Based on a platform used to build small cars for Europe, the GLA combines performance and Mercedes luxury at the price of an average family sedan. … But a new 'budget Benz' isn't without compromise. The GLA rides rougher than a traditional Mercedes, and there's a general dearth of headroom, legroom and cargo space. The GLA 250's transmission also isn't very smooth and responds slowly to requests for more power. A high price relative to the GLA's competitors doesn't help either. Similar BMW and Audi models, while not much roomier, offer more refinement for the same price or less." - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

AMG GLA 45 that comes from Mercedes' in-house tuning shop uses the standard engine but it is tuned to dole out 375 hp nad 350 lb-ft of torque . That is enough power to make you feel sitting in a rocket ship. The power is evenly distributed over the whole rev range and you get instantaneous acceleration whenever required.

The 7G-DCT transmission offers the smooth refinement of an automatic with sporty reflexes. Its dual-clutch design shifts faster than a human can. While its shift paddles let you take charge of its seven speeds anytime. Furthermore, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission can hesitate to find the right gear, resulting in acceleration that is less smooth and steady than expected.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45

Porsche Macan Turbo

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

BMW X4 M40i

MSRP

$50,600

$77,200

$54,300

$60,450

Engine

2.0L I-4 Turbo w/Direct Injection

3.6L Twin Turbo V6

3.0L TFSI Twin-Scroll DOHC V6

3.0L M Perf TwinPower Turbo 6-Cylinder

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

375 hp

400 hp

354 hp

355 hp

Torque

350 lb-ft

406 lb-ft

369 lb-ft

343 lb-ft

The Audi SQ5 and BMW X4 cost more than the GLA45 but generates lower power figures. The Porsche Macan puts out 400 hp with its turbocharged V6 but cost $17,000 more than the Merc.

Acceleration

The GLA250 with its turbocharged engine and brisk 7-speed automatic transmission can reach to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds while the car is in sports mode. The same engine with 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque in AMG GLA 45 can sprint from 0 to 60 in just 4.3 seconds. It is a tremendous performance from a crossover.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45

Porsche Macan Turbo

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

BMW X4 M40i

0-60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.6 sec

5.1 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter mile

12.7 sec

12.9 sec

13.1 sec

13.5 sec

Engine

2.0L

3.6L

3.0L

3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1

9.3

8.4

8.4

Despite of differences in kerb weight and power outputs all of the rivals delivers almost the same acceleration runs.

Ride and Handling

The GLA class with its punchy 375-hp engine delivers a driving experience which is keen with exceptional handling. The steering is quick with firm suspension providing athletic performance on curvy roads. GLA sends most of its torque to the front wheels, with the ability to split things evenly between the front and rear when more traction is needed.

The crossover drives like a hatch; with precise handling taking corners enthusiastically. Similarly as with numerous sporty vehicles, the exchange-off for performance is harsh ride quality at times. The GLA's hardened suspension makes it ride harsh over uneven asphalt, and most knocks or stuns from the street are transmitted into the cabin.

The GLA's compact size makes it a companion in urban commutes, where it’s simple to maneuver and crawl through traffic. Anyone expecting a typical Mercedes-Benz ride might be disappointed.

Braking

The Mercedes-Benz comes with pretty good braking performance which is above average in this segment. It comes to a sudden stop in just 110 feet which is tremendous. However, after repeated stops, the pedal response starts to fade a bit.

The brake calipers are painted in red and have an AMG logo on it just to remind you that you’re not looking at any ordinary crossover but at a 375 HP monster.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45

Porsche Macan Turbo

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

BMW X4 M40i

Brake(in)

13.8

14.2

13.8

12.9

Brake (in)

13.0

14.0

13.0

13.0

Curb weight(lbs)

3457

4244

4398

4323

60-0 MPH (ft.)

110

127

123

123

The high curb weight of all the rivals accounts for large braking distances while the GLA45 AMG have the shortest distance.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Fuel Economy

The GLA 45 AMG puts out 375 hp but by no means is it a gas guzzler. This Merc delivers some decent numbers like 22 MPG and in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. The AMG GLA 45 ends up getting an excellent combined fuel efficiency rating of 25 MPG. As stated earlier, the low kerb weight helps this car to get these solid fuel economy figures.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45

Porsche Macan Turbo

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

BMW X4 M40i

MPG (city)

22

17

19

18

MPG (highway)

28

23

24

25

MPG (combined)

25

20

21

21

The Audi SQ5 and the BMW X4 both are underpowered than the AMG GLA 45 and yet they fail to match the economy figures and only get combined efficiency rating of 21 MPG. The Porsche on the other hand, being the more powerful and heavier car delivers a combined rating of 20 MPG.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Interior

6.5/10

" The compromises the GLA requires in usability and comfort may be too much for some-again, it's more of a tall hatchback than a real CUV-but Mercedes-Benz's littlest ute belongs on the shopping lists of luxury-minded buyers who value driving prowess over practicality." –car and driver

Seating and Comfort

The GLA's 5 seated cabin is commendable with familiar Mercedes styling. Exquisite aero inspired structure and jet-engine shaped AC vents looks attractive with soft touch plastic on the dashboard. The infotainment screen has a floating look instead of totally incorporated in the dashboard. A little rotating knob on the middle comfort controls the infotainment framework which is intuitive to use.

As its small proportions would suggest, the front row is still roomy enough for two adults with comfortable and multi-adjustable seats. The back seat is cramped where legroom and headroom comes up short. In the event that the driver has long legs, a grown-up traveler behind will be confined. With shorter people in front row, the rearward sitting arrangement is fine for average size individual.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45

Porsche Macan Turbo

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

BMW X4 M40i

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

40.0/54.8/41.9

39.4/-/33.1

40.2/57.7/41.0

40.0/57.2/40.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.2/53.1/27.3

36.3/-/32.3

37.7/56.5/37.8

37.4/56.0/34.8

For those with small children, the interior space is not an issue, but if you’re expecting to take the GLA250 on a long trip with four adults, it will be a tight squeeze. The rear head- and legroom are the worst in the class, while rivals are far better in terms of passenger comfort.

Interior Features

  • 14-way power driver seat with memory
  • Heated front seats
  • Split-folding rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Compass
  • HD radio receiver

Infotainment System

Mercedes-Benz comes equipped with the COMAND infotainment system, which is intuitive and comes with lots advanced features. The previously optional 8.0-inch infotainment screen is now standard with the following amenities:

  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Aux input
  • Bluetooth phone
  • Navigation
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • USB and Voice Command
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Weather service
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • Haraman Kardon sound system

Cargo Capacity

The Mercedes Benz AMG GLA 45 have small dimensions in spite of being a crossover. It offers great space to the passengers on the inside but the cargo space has been compromised. Behind the second row it gets only 17.2 cubic feet of luggage space and it can be increased to 43.6 cubic feet with the 60/40 split folding seat.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45

Porsche Macan Turbo

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

BMW X4 M40i

Behind 2nd Row(ft.cube)

17.2

17.7

26.8

18.5

With All Seats folded (ft.cube)

43.6

53.0

60.4

50.5

Those numbers are less than what most of the GLA's rivals offer. The Audi SQ5is among class leaders, offering 26.8 and 60 cubic feet, respectively. The Porsche and BMW are somewhat similar.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Exterior

" The Mercedes-Benz GLA merges hatchback size with crossover functionality and luxury appointments, with better-than-average results "- Carconnection

Dimension and Weight

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA looks fresh with host of exterior revisions. This little crossover combines the looks of a hot hatch with a ride height of a SUV, which can be increased by an inch with the off-road package. The iconic three pointed grille is neatly housed between pronounced LED headlamps and stardust LED daytime running lights. The GLA possesses familiar Mercedes styling cues, including a giant three-pointed star in the middle of its grille

Numerous body elements, such as the front splitter, side mirrors, side-window trim, side-sill inserts, roof rails and rear diffuser insert, are rendered in gloss black, complemented by black chrome tailpipes.

Model

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45

Porsche Macan Turbo

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

BMW X4 M40i

curb weight(lbs)

3457

4244

4398

4323

Length(in)

175.4

185.0

183.9

184.3

Width(in)

71.0

76.1

74.5

74.1

Height(in)

58.0

63.4

65.3

63.9

Ground clearance(in)

7.2

7.8

8.2

8.0

Wheelbase(in)

106.3

110.5

111.2

110.6

Track width(in) F/R

61.7/61.8

65.2/65.0

63.9/63.6

62.8/63.4

The AMG GLA 45, in fact, is the smallest car amongst its rivals. The Porsche Macan is the largest car in the segment followed by the Audi SQ5 and the BMW X4 M40i. The Audi happens to be the heaviest car of the lot.

Exterior Features

  • AMG rear wing spoiler
  • Large front splitter
  • Front apron flics
  • Panorama roof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • AMG performance calipers
  • LED DRl’s and LED headlamp

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Safety

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Competition

Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan comes with a V6 engine which generates 400 hp and equal amount of torque. The cabin is more spacious than the GLA and cargo capacity is also higher. But the Macan suffers from poor fuel economy while the performance is somewhat similar to GLA 45 AMG. The GLA 45AMG is clear winner with its $4000 less price tag

Audi SQ5

The Audi SQ5 comes with a bigger engine yet it makes less horsepower than the GLA 45 AMG. In terms of fuel economy, acceleration, and braking the Mercedes is a clear winner. As compared to the Audi, the Mercedes Benz AMG GLA 45 is clearly the better car and it is the one that you should go for.

BMW X4 M40i

Like the Audi SQ5 the BMW X4 lacks in terms of engine power, acceleration, fuel economy and braking when compared to the GLA 45 AMG. BMW only has the better ground clearance and gets a larger boot. Also, the BMW costs $10000 more than the AMG GLA 45. So the GLA45 AMG is a clear winner here.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 Final Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz is one of the most fun to drive crossover with utility and car like maueverbility. Its compact footprint and turbocharged engine makes it agile and adventurous. The GLA might lack in terms of interior space but makes up for it with a lavish cabin.