GLA45 one of the fastest CUV ever, if not the fastest!
written on 11-30-2014
0-60 in just 4.2 sec and runs the 1/4 in 12.8 at 109 ... and it is a 4 cylinder! Handles great, sounds even better with the race exhaust. I looked at the SQ5 and found the outdated shape not thrilling anymore ... Looked at the Porsche Macan but the price with options and the wait time seemed outrageous and then add the maintenance cost and the fact that it rides like a truck ... I looked at the new Lexus NX but the lack of power and handling seemed weak at best. Same thing with the Q3. The GLA 250 seemed to be the better deal ... until I tested the GLA45 ... the rest is history.
GLA45 AMG 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Lots of the criticism of this car is ride quality. That's like criticizing a Porsche Boxster because it doesn't ride as smoothly as a VW Jetta. This car in the GLA-45 incarnation is a small beast. We got the performance exhaust, which I would highly recommend to anyone who wants the sound of snap crackle and pop when decelerating or starting up. The sound is just entertaining and roguish. The car's handling is just about perfect. The paddle shifters give you the control to make driving the car unbelievably fun. On one occasion we took it in for a precautionary visit at the dealer and we were introduced to Mercedes service, which in our experience was a cut above that of other premium cars we had owned (Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, Cadillac). The car's aesthetics are eye-catching and we get lots of comments on the sporty look of the GLA-45. The interior is well thought-out and comfortable. The Recaro seats provide a tight yet very adjustable sports seating experience. We had the Porsche Macan on the short list, but it is SO MUCH MORE expensive (even without the turbo option) and we've never regretted the decision to go GLA. The only downside we've noticed, and you'll read it in all the reviews is a lag in initial takeoff acceleration. It's certainly not there in any other gears. Shifting and acceleration are wonderful in all situations except the one you'll experience from zero to 10 MPH. It's like a turbo lag... but that's not what it is. We're hoping that a firmware upgrade in the car's computer will be available in the future, since this is obviously a logic issue. If you're not drag racing, it won't bother you. The car reviews wonderfully, because even though all reviewers mention this lag, what happens once the lag has passed is pure driving pleasure.
GLA45 AMG 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Pros: Best drive quality in it's class, sporty and sit up higher Great visibility Very safe- standard safety features are fantastic top rated in its class in Europe by far Eco, Sport, Manual, and Off-road modes are alot of fun (especially sport and manual, lots of pep) MPG is very respectable Can get fully loaded for a reasonable price compared to other Mercedes-Benz vehicles that are fully loaded Bi-Xenon headlights are fantastic, really sharp daytime running LED strips Cons: Lumbar support for front seats is limited to lower and mid back Back Seats have limited head room Some of the materials on the interior feel cheaper compared to a c class (which is to be expected) No option for air conditioned seats No remote start (may just be my model I bought) So I was sold on the 2015 c 300, I loved it- the drive quality the refined interior, love at first sight! However, after driving the GLA250 it stole my heart. While the c300 had a more refined ride (smoother) and the acceleration was slightly better, the drive of the GLA250 was equally impressive plus it provides much better visibility and you just feel safer sitting up higher in the vehicle. While the c-class has minor upgrades (automatic headrest, heated windshield washer fluid, a few more soft touch surfaces) the GLA250 felt like a 'younger' car. Being 29 years old the styling of the GLA250 seemed to fit me better- a bit more modern, sleek, and it still has the same s class styles that are great in the c-class. It also feels like the GLA250 just has some more space as well. The mpg is also very impressive and I have had 0 issues with the car thus far. I also got an unbelievable deal on my 2015 GLA250 4matic certified pre owned and paid $33,000- includes Bi-xenon headlights, navigation/back-up camera, panoramic moonroof, 19" AMG rims and sport AMG styling, climate control etc original MSRP was almost $44K! I then paid an extra $2750 to take my CPO warranty to the next level: bumper to bumper up to 50K miles or 5 years, whichever comes first plus 3 years of unlimited miles bumper to bumper coverage and $0 deductible! I drive 50K miles per year for work and was told with confidence by MB that as long as the car remains within the warranty period they will always repair the car with no deductible; EVEN IF THE COST OF THE REPAIR EXCEEDS THE VEHICLES VALUE! So I can finish my loan out with 300K miles and have had $30K+ in repairs (not maintenance, that is obviously not covered) and would pay absolutely nothing and they would honor the agreement. Apparently, customers who drive this much are considered a 'bump on the chin' they are willing to take considering how few are able to take full advantage of the warranty. Easily the best warranty in America at the moment. Very happy and impressed with my 'new' CPO Benz!!!
GLA45 AMG 4MATIC 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
I just finished the 1000 mile break-in period by doing a road trip and business meeting. So, I have limited mileage. However, I have found the car to be everything I wanted. I wanted a multitask vehicle to carry kayaks and ski's, do track time, carry the groceries and function in snowy mountains and hot summers where I live. This is a tall order and usually you would have at least two different vehicles. So let me list the best things first. 1. Style. I get lots of comments by people from car washes to parking lots who've never seen "one of these". I have the spoiler on my car which helps differentiate it and yells "performance car" as opposed to the normal hatch/SUV GLA. 2. Interior. It is sport and luxury. I have the red cut leather which covers the dash and gives you a lot of red highlights inside, even on the air vents. Everyone loves it. 3. Comfort. the sport seats are comfortable and I have taken five people in the car to dinner and back seats are fantastic, especially for this size car. I did about 1400 miles on the road trip, as much as ten hours in one day with no problem. Absolutely amazing seats. I expect they will be fine when I track the car, too. 4. Space. It's not a huge SUV but plenty of space in the back and passenger space. You have a pass through and a roof rack if you need to carry large stuff from Home Depot or kayaks, in my case. 5. Ride. The most amazing balanced ride. It is sporty but absorbs the small bumps well. I got the 19in tires. I have the optional damper system, as well and only used it once, but it is amazing. Will use it on track. 6. All things engine. Acceleration, sport settings and the main reason you get an AMG. I have not done the launch mode, yet. Sport setting is the way to go. Negatives: 1. Electronic system is complicated. I got my phone synched but still not for music, voicemail and even phone nav. Screwing around with buttons while driving is annoying. On the other hand, most the basic stuff like volume and drive systems are separate buttons. 2. Not really set up with phone holders or much for electronics like in the rear. Your phone will be in cup holder or ash tray. 3. Side mirrors do not flare out easily for the 180 degree field of view. Most sport drivers do this. You can get it at the very limit of the side mirrors but it buries the mirror in the housing and sort of tricks your eye to thinking there may be a car in the blind spot unless you look carefully. That is about it for now. I rated reliability as just good because no new car issues but I have not had it long enough to really make an accurate rating on that.
Multimedia Package ($2,480 -- includes 7-inch display, navigation system, rearview camera, voice control, 10GB music storage, DVD player, SD card slot, traffic and weather information); Premium Package ($2,300 -- includes heated front seats, driver side and interior auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, media interface); Sport Package ($2,200 -- includes 19-inch AMG wheels, perforated front disc brakes, AMG body styling); Interior Package ($1,700 -- includes leather upholstery, MBTex premium vinyl interior trim, sport seats); Panoramic Sunroof ($1,480); Bi-Xenon Headlamps ($850); Blind-Spot Assist ($550); Aluminum Interior Trim ($150)
Turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
208 @ 5,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
258 @ 1,250
Seven-speed auto-double-clutch manual and column shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
There's a bit of turbo lag off the line when taking your foot straight from the brake to the gas pedal, but it isn't too bad. By 2,500 rpm it's making good power. The engine is pretty eager, revs decently hard, upshifts are reasonably quick. It makes quite a bit of intake noise and definitely isn't the most pleasing engine sound ever. The engine doesn't have any real personality to it, at least in terms of the way it sounds. The car squats down significantly at the rear when you mash the throttle pedal from a stop. One thing this car doesn't like is any kind of brake/throttle overlap (power-braking) to bring the revs up prior to launching down the drag strip. It won't let the revs rise at all when you do that. The all-wheel drive puts the power down well without any wheelspin front or rear, and our six acceleration runs were nearly dead even across the board, with 0-60 mph within a tenth of a second for all. Manual mode is engaged via a button, and then you use the steering wheel paddles. It blips the throttle on downshifts but does not hold gears to a rev limiter. It automatically upshifts at 6,200 rpm.
The GLA had impressively short stopping distances, but by the third stop there was significant brake odor, and by the fourth stop we experienced some pedal fade. The pedal wasn't fantastic-feeling from the beginning, with longish travel and a spongy pedal. We got even more pedal fade by the fifth stop, but the stopping distance didn't increase by much. The first and second stops were both 105 feet, the fifth stop was the longest at 109 feet and the sixth and final stop was 107 feet.
The GLA (with this equipment) is pretty athletic in the slalom. Its steering is clear and responsive without unnecessary weight or lag. It turns quickly, plants itself with confidence, and is also happy to transition back and forth with reasonable dexterity. Eventually, the electronic stability control (ESC) system senses the front tires losing grip and quickly dabs the appropriate brakes to correct the intended heading. It happens quickly, almost seamlessly and most drivers might never notice. There is a two-tier ESC setting, but there was no measurable difference in this test. On the steady-state skid pad test, however, we did measure a difference between the supposed "Off" and fully "On" settings. At the limit of body lean and tire grip, the GLA is well balanced enough that I could steer it with the throttle alone as the the front tires began to lose grip. Body lean is very well managed and there's certainly plenty of grip from the summer tires. Steering weight is appropriate and there's just enough information coming through the wheel to inform the driver about the front tires' grip levels. This certainly is a good performance for a compact crossover (like the Range Rover Evoque), but still doesn't offer the dynamism or driver engagement of the Porsche Macan S, which is the benchmark.