2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Review: It's Lonely At The Top

Unfortunately, the crossover craze is far from over and continues to spawn oddities, such as the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45. This second-generation model finds itself in the awkward position of having no real direct competitors on the US market. The closest ones we can think of are cars such as the Honda Civic Type R and VW Golf R. Nevertheless, this is still a full-blooded AMG product (even if it is one of the cheapest ones), which means you get excellent build quality, solid reliability, and a ton of performance. Under the hood of the 5-door Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 SUV lies a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine producing an impressive 382 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. We like to think of this car as a hot hatchback with a bit more junk in the trunk, and if you look at it that way, it starts to make a bit more sense.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Changes: What's the difference vs. 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45?

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is an entirely new model this year, based on the all-new GLA subcompact crossover. Other than the CLA 45, this is the only 45 product on sale in the USA, albeit in a detuned state. In Europe, you get an additional "S" in the nomenclature, taking the power output up to 421 hp. Still, this is a proper AMG with styling and performance to match. It also gets the 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system to effectively put all that power down. As the halo model in the GLA range, it looks the part with its butch AMG body styling.

Pros and Cons

  • Tons of power
  • Rapid DCT transmission
  • Stylish interior
  • No real competitors
  • It can get expensive
  • Firm ride

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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 AMG GLA 45 Exterior

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  • Length 173.6 in
  • Wheelbase 107.4 in
  • Height 63.6 in
  • Max Width 72.2 in
  • Front Width 63.2 in
  • Rear Width 63.2 in
  • Curb Weight 3,847.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Cosmos Black Metallic +$720
  • Iridium Silver Metallic +$720
  • Mountain Grey Metallic +$720
  • Denim Blue Metallic +$720
  • Patagonia Red Metallic +$720
  • Digital White Metallic +$720
  • Polar White
  • Night Black

2021 AMG GLA 45 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

2021 AMG GLA 45 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.1 in
  • Front Head Room 40.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.1 in

2021 AMG GLA 45 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 AMG GLA 45 Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 A Good SUV?

Some might find it strange that Mercedes-AMG doesn't offer its proper hot hatch, the A45 AMG, in the USA, but a dwindling market that only features a few key players such as the Golf R, Hyundai Veloster N, and Honda Civic Type-R doesn't seem attractive enough for the German brand, which has decided to stick to the performance SUV market for now. This means that the GLA 45 sits on its own on the playground with no real direct competitors. The little crossover offers explosive straight-line speed and will sit closely with even its most athletic and lighter compadres. It might be low on the AMG price scale, but it feels like a true AMG and sports a comfortable and spacious interior and excellent tech, but be aware of those options; the GLA 45 can get pricey. Like most such premium cars, there is no review of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA's safety rating by either the NHTSA or IIHS, but the comprehensive list of standard tech should alleviate any fears. Yes, you can get a more engaging driving experience for less cash, but those who like a bit of premium luxury will find it hard to ignore the GLA 45.

What Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 Model Should I Buy?

We suggest getting one in Iridium Silver metallic with the 21-inch AMG cross-spoke wheels and the $1,550 AMG Aerodynamics package, which adds the AMG Night package and a bunch of cool-looking wings and splitters. Other options we'd go for include the $1,700 Driver Assistance Package, which adds driver-assistance features such as steering assist, active distance control, and active brake assist. The $2,050 AMG Dynamic PLUS package is a must for performance nuts and adds important features such as RACE mode, an AMG drive unit, and AMG track Pace. If you were to opt for everything on this list, the price of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 SUV would be $65,665 with destination included.

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