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The GLA45 AMG is the most practical, most user-friendly member of the four-cylinder AMG range.

01 Dec 2014

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Mercedes-Benz's AMG division has made big business out of big V8 sedans but more recently, it has turned its attention to the compact segment with the GLA-Class being the latest to join the A-Class as well as the CLA-Class.

The A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG have led the charge for Mercedes-Benz and a record-breaking one at that. Given the recent trend of crossover popularity, the GLA45 AMG may just oust its two siblings. But does it deserve to?

The optional 20-inch AMG black spoke wheels finished with red AMG brake calipers fill up the wheel wells nicely

Exterior


By far the smallest crossover in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the GLA is scarcely larger than an average small hatchback but AMG has certainly weaved its magic on the GLA45 AMG's sheet metal to increase its road presence.

The test car we have is an 'Edition 1', which is only available for its first year of production and there's no question about the car's sporting potential with the usual array of styling upgrades.


With a unique front apron and a front splitter, the AMG twin blade grille as well as large air intakes, the GLA45 AMG looks as though it's raring to go anytime. Even with its raised ride height, it seems more aggressive than its two compact siblings.

The profile sees the addition of side sill inserts and aluminium roof rails as well as decals as part of the 'Edition 1' package. Summing the racy bits up at the rear are quad AMG exhaust tailpipes and a huge rear spoiler that lend the car some extra sportiness.

Distinctive twin exhausts at both ends speak of the car's potent character

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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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4-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap

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1991cc

Horsepower

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268kW (360 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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450 Nm / 5000 rpm

Transmission

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7-speed (A) AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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4.8sec

Top Speed

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250km/h

Fuel consumption

:

13.3 km/L

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