2017 Mercedes Benz AMG GLA45 review with price, horsepower and photo gallery

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HIGHLIGHTS: From its introduction, Mercedes' GLA compact crossover (and it is CLA sedan brother) has had just one, basic mission: Get younger folks with money (or perhaps credit) in the Mercedes-Benz brand. Different color leaves, the GLA45 would be the jumping-off point for AMG –- Mercedes’ in-house high-performance tuner division. In GLA45 guise, Mercedes' little ute gets performance-tuned suspension, brake and view options, along with a positively rabid 375-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder –- that’s 188 hp per liter of displacement, various accessible to F1 cars a long time ago, earning the engine the claim of “highest specific output series-production four-cylinder on the globe." Try working that to your next feast conversation.

BASE PRICE: $50,875

OUR OPINION: We've been lukewarm about Mercedes compacts before, only a few years of refinement and technological development have resulted in real improvements inside GLA-Class. The GLA45 has always had the ideal spec sheet, though the parts never felt like they were fully integrated prior to the design was finalized. There's now extra consistent, coherent power delivery as well as a a sense of connectedness absent from your original cars. It’s just as if the GLA45 (and also the CLA45, even) proceeded to go from to be a fun concept in an actual fun car. Or crossover. Whatever.

The AMG delivers performance merit its pedigree — think 4.1 seconds to 60 mph — but there's yet another vaguely obnoxious, boy-racer edge more suited to a Mitsubishi Evo (God rest its soul) over a Mercedes, including a cringeworthy asking price starting at a minimum of $50K. Still, should you just parlayed your internship on the brokerage towards a permanent position, the GLA45 could make an ideal reward.  

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  • Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

  • MSRP

    $32,850

    GLA250

    MPG

    24 / 33

    City / HWY

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On Sale: Now

Base Price: $50,875

Powertrain: 2-liter turbo I-4, 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, AWD

Output: 375 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 350 lb-ft torque @2,250-5,000 rpm

Curb Weight: 3,457 lbs

0-60 MPH: 4.3 sec (mfr)

Fuel Economy: TBD(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)

Pros: Pretty much the most well liked hot hatch currently available

Cons: Entry-level AMG still tops $50K

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