The GLA 45 is a standalone model in the GLA range. It uses the traditional AMG ethos of "one man, one engine" and is equipped with several trick features to help get the most out of its 382-hp/354 lb-ft turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard, and it sends the power to a 4Matic+ AWD system with rear torque vectoring.
As standard, it comes with adaptive damping and stability control, as well as several driving modes. You can either make it docile or as responsive as a Jack Russell in mating season.
The 45 gets a flat-bottom steering wheel, power front seats with a memory function, dual-zone climate control, dual 10.25-inch displays, MBUX, and all the latest connectivity features. It also boasts seven airbags, adaptive traction and stability control, rain-sensing wipers, a rearview camera, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, and blind-spot monitoring.
You can add several standalone features and packages to the 45. The front seats can be upgraded by adding the $3,470 AMG Performance Seat Package Advanced, but it also requires black leather ($1,450) and heated/ventilated front seats ($450). This package adds multi-contour seats with power side bolsters. The $1,295 Multimedia Package adds navigation, augmented video for the navigation, and speed-limit assist. The Parking Assistance Package retails for $1,090 and includes a surround-view camera and a parking assistant. The $850 Burmester surround sound system adds an audio setup with 12 high-quality speakers. An AMG head-up display can be added to the GLA 45 for an extra $1,100.
There are two must-have packages. The first is the $1,700 Driver Assistance Package, which consists of 12 driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, cross-traffic alert, and Pre-Safe Plus, to name just a few. However, this package requires speccing the Multimedia Package as well. The second package of choice is the AMG Dynamic Plus Package, adding an AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa/Dinamica trim, Race Mode, AMG Drive unit on the steering wheel, AMG Track Pace, and high-performance brakes. It adds $2,050 to the price of the Mercedes AMG GLA 45, but also requires the Multimedia Package to be specced.