In the 1980s, the Mercedes AMG tuner became famous for offering incredibly fast E-Class versions that more or less kept the car’s subtle look. AMG will always sell you an E-Class, but it also offers cars at the other end of the spectrum. The deep breathing Mercedes-AMG GLA45 equipped with the AMG Performance Studio group has nothing to do with the old AMG E-Class.
The driving quality also seems more in line with the AMG Ride Control sport suspension in its Comfort setting, which is all the more surprising as my test car rides on 20-inch (19-standard) wheels and Continental ContiSportContact tires. performance. On rough roads, the impacts are felt, but they are not shocking. I do not think the GLA45 will be as good on the roads of the Midwest really broken at home.
Fortunately, the ability of GLA45 to hustle hard does not change. With AMG Dynamic Select in Sport Plus for more aggressive engine mapping, gearbox changes and firmer suspension calibration, corner carving is a pleasure. The 4Matic all-wheel drive system effectively reduces power and the winding roads between small Hungarian cities are not lacking.
In addition to thanking the 4Matic system, the suspension and the tires for all cornering sticks, the front limited slip differential included in the AMG Dynamic Plus group certainly plays a role. The turn is immediate and body movements are always controlled because the car did everything I asked.
More important changes are found under the hood. While the GLA45 continues with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, its power has been generously increased to 375 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 350 lb-ft of torque over a significantly expanded range of 2,250 to 5,000 rpm.
The GLA250 and 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 Amg will arrive at US dealerships this summer. We recommend the crazy black and yellow model.