Video: Calvin Chan
Published: July 9, 2018
How Mercedes engineers have made a four-cylinder sound this good, is beyond me. Whatever magical sorcery they have done to tune the vocal cords from this small displacement engine is worth the $52,300 price alone that this GLA 45 AMG commands, and then some. It snorts, it barks, it farts, and it howls - the perfect description for an infant but also the definition of Affalterbach’s hottest hatch.
The GLA 45 I tested had the optional AMG Performance Exhaust, elevating the decibel count and the smiles per mile even further. In additional, the active exhaust can be switched on and off via a dedicated button on the center console, so you’re not perceived as one of those neighbours on the block disturbing the peace. The last time a small hatch made me grin like this was the Fiat 500 Abarth, and that has an even smaller engine. Have a listen to our Exhaust Notes video above to hear the GLA 45 for yourself. Don’t forget the tissue box.
Model: 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC
Paint Type: Polar White
Base Price: $52,300
Price as Tested: $63,700
Length/Width/Height (mm): 4,455 / 1,804 / 1,474
Curb weight (kg): 1,570
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 375 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 2,250 - 5,000 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch automatic
Engine & Drive Configuration: Front engine, AWD
Observed Fuel Consumption (L/100km): 12.3