The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC: Versatile compact SUV with performance genes

Mercedes-AMG has given the GLA 45 4MATIC (fuel consumption combined: 7.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 172 g/km) a comprehensive visual and technical upgrade. The restyled front apron and the new spoiler lip on the roof spoiler increase driving dynamics and driving stability, yet reduce wind resistance. In spite of the sportily configured lift balance, the Cd value of 0.33 is lower than on the preceding model.

The characteristic distinguishing feature of the new Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is the sharpened front section. The front apron was given an even more dynamic shape, vertical louvres in the three air intakes, a front splitter insert in silver chrome plus flics in high-gloss black. These guide the cooling air flowing to the vehicle radiators even more effectively.

Some earlier optional extras like the LED High Performance headlamps are now standard equipment. The twin louvre on the AMG Twin Blade radiator grille is now in silver chrome, as are the inserts in the side sill panels. As an additional option, 20-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels are available for selection in two colour variants: painted matt black with high-sheen rim flange or painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish all.over.

Eye-catching features at the tail end include the new diffuser insert in the rear apron, the trim in silver chrome and the new spoiler lip on the roof spoiler. It helps improve the driving dynamics of the new GLA 45 4MATIC.

Fine interior with exclusive touches

The interior has been similarly upgraded. The dashboard is covered as standard with ARTICO man-made leather and has been given exclusive highlights with red contrasting topstitching. A further highlight is the generously sized trim, extending over virtually the entire width of the car: its fundamental structure is printed matt with a high-gloss surface and it bears AMG lettering.

It is available in black/red (standard) or in black/silver (in conjunction with the Exclusive package). The vehicle key and the E-Select lever now bear the AMG emblem as standard.

The instrument cluster has been given a new number design and the speedometer is divided into 30 km/h stages. New needles with a black needle centre and the chrome frame around the gear display also ensure an autonomous cockpit experience.

Further options for comfort and sport

New optional extras include the keyless vehicle access system HANDS-FREE ACCESS and the 360-degree camera: with the aid of four networked cameras this system facilitates parking and manoeuvring with a realistic all-round view. The car and its surroundings can be depicted in the media display from a bird's-eye view, and obstacles beneath the window line are also visible to the driver.

In conjunction with the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package (optional extra) the mechanical front axle locking differential is available. This package also includes the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, the performance steering wheel and the additional "RACE" transmission mode.

Extremely agile 2.0-litre turbocharged engine

With a maximum output of 280 kW (381 hp) and a peak torque of 475 Nm, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is among the most powerful cars in its segment. A speed of 100 km/h is achieved from standstill after just 4.4 seconds. The extremely agile, 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine combines its exhilarating power with exemplary efficiency. On the road, it thrills with extremely fast responses to accelerator movements, high torque, enormous flexibility and an emotive engine note. What's more, the crossover SUV is exceptionally economical, with a fuel consumption (combined) of 7.4 l/100 km.

The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. The intensity of the engine note changes according to the currently active AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission mode.

With the optional AMG Performance exhaust system, the sound is even sportier thanks to the modified structure of the muffler system, thus intensifying the emotively appealing sound experience. It can be regulated via selection of the transmission mode or via a switch. In the interior the impressive sound can be experienced even more intensely at the touch of a button through the more powerful intake noise of the engine.

The agile and dynamic power transfer is assisted by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7‑speed sports transmission. Thanks to the optimum transmission ratio, the driver feels a highly dynamic acceleration experience in all speed ranges.

Best traction as standard: AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive

For optimum traction even in poor road surface conditions, the standard all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC transfers the drive power to all wheels. There is infinitely variable torque distribution between the front and rear axle. This configuration results in an optimum ratio of dynamism, efficiency and traction to match the driving situation. A multiple-disc clutch integrated in the rear axle differential with AMG-specific control passes on the engine torque to the rear wheels in a flash should the front wheels lose traction. The spectrum ranges from purely front-wheel drive to the ratio of 50 to 50 percent to the front and rear wheels.

Technical data at a glance


Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC


2.0-litre four-cylinder in-line engine with direct injection and turbocharging

Displacement (cc)


Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)

280/381 at 6000

Rated torque (Nm at rpm)

475 at 2250-5000

Drive system

Variable all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC with variable torque distribution


AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission

NEDC fuel consumption (l/100 km) urban/extra-urban/combined


Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)


Efficiency class


Weight (DIN/EC) (kg)


Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)


Top speed (km/h)


*Kerb weight according to DIN without driver; **Kerb weight according to EC including driver (75 kg);
*** Electronically limited, with AMG Driver‘s Package 270 km/h