The GLA 45 receives 20-in alloy wheels as standard. Iridium Silver joins the list of exterior paint choices. And that's it.
Which GLA 45 AMG is the Best?
As a premium subcompact crossover, the regular 2019 GLA 250 makes a lot of sense. As entertaining as the AMG version is, if someone really wanted something sporty, they might be looking at a completely different set of vehicles. We would add as many safety features as the budget allowed.
How Much Does a 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG Cost?
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes in GLA 250, GLA 250 4Matic and 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 versions.
The GLA 250 ($34,945) comes standard with 18-in alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable driving modes, a powered liftgate, chrome roof rails, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium vinyl upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory settings, a rearview camera, Adaptive Brake (with hill-start assist and automatic brake drying), a Comand infotainment system with an 8-in display, Bluetooth (phone and audio) and an 8-speaker audio system with HD radio and a USB port.
The GLA 250 4Matic ($36,945) has equipment similar to the GLA 250, but adds AWD, off-road drive mode, off-road display and downhill speed regulation.
Options include 19-in wheels, upgraded front brakes, an xterior aero kit, LED headlights and taillights, self-dimming side mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, ambient cabin lighting, hands-free tailgate operation, voice controls, smartphone integration, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, self-parking system, leather upholstery, sport front seats and premium vinyl dashboard trim.
The Convenience package comes with a garage door opener, auto-dimming mirrors and a compass.
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 ($54,345) occupies a different class in performance terms, adding the stronger engine, 20-in wheels, sport-tuned suspension, sport steering, sport exhaust, performance brakes, LED lighting, blind spot monitoring and exterior styling enhancements. It can also be fitted with Recaro sport seats and a rear spoiler. The Dynamic Plus package adds a limited-slip front differential, adjustable suspension and race mode, while raising top speed to 167 miles per hour.
Maximum cargo capacity is 41.8 cu ft. with the rear seats flipped down. Not bad for a hatchback, but not great for a small crossover.
City MPG / Hwy MPG
GLA AMG GLA 45 4MATIC SUV
$55400 / $52353
4 Cylinder Turbo
19 / 25
8-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Is the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG a Safe Car?
All GLA-Class models come standard with anti-lock disc brakes, stability control and eight airbags (front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain). Rear side airbags are optional.
Collision Prevention Assist Plus -- a forward-collision mitigation system that includes automatic braking if an impact is imminent -- is standard.
The Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist.
Although the GLA-Class hasn't yet been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it has performed exceptionally well in European tests.
Behind the Wheel
Overall, the GLA has a premium air, but closer inspection reveals some rather uncharacteristically hard plastics on the dashboard, door panels and center console. Everything seems to be put together tightly, though.
Cheaper materials make sense considering the GLA's comparatively low price. This is an opportunity to get into a Mercedes-Benz crossover for around the same cost as a Volkswagen, so a lot of shoppers will probably be willing to forgive a few below-par surfaces.
They should also be able to live with the limited interior space. The front seats offer pleasantly firm support and ample adjustability, but rear legroom depends on who is sitting in front. If the driver has long legs, an adult passenger behind is going to be cramped. With shorter folks up front, the back seat is fine for adults.
The driving experience is precise and eager. The base 208-hp engine has plenty of punch, while the quick steering and firm suspension provide athletic handling in tight corners. On the flip side, the suspension isn't so compliant on rough roads. Anyone expecting a typical Mercedes-Benz ride might be disappointed. Noise levels at speed are also higher than the luxury-class norm. The GLA 45 brings sports-car acceleration and more entertaining handling, but comes at a steep price. For most drivers, the GLA 250 will be more than adequate.
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG vs the competition
2019 Audi Q3 -- An all-new generation of the Q3 is due to arrive some time in 2019 (late summer/early fall) and it's a major improvement over the outgoing model. Any buyers who have the luxury of time might want to wait and see how this contender shapes up.
2019 Jaguar E-Pace -- Fresher, roomier and with a gutsier entry level engine than the GLA. More expensive, though.
2019 Volvo XC40 -- Completely new for 2019. Arguably good-looking, full of luxury touches and safety equipment.
Used BMW X3 -- More space and a highlight of its class. Check out a certified pre-owned (CPO) example with a reassuring warranty.
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