2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA Model Review

Mercedes-Benz AMG® GLA

Key Features

  • Starting at $47,550 MSRP*
  • Standard AMG®-enhanced 2.0L inline-4 turbo (302 HP / 295 LB-FT of Torque) or available Handcrafted AMG® 2.0L inline-4 turbo (382 HP / 354 LB-FT of Torque) paired with SPEEDSHIFT® DCT 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • AMG® Performance 4MATIC® all-wheel drive and AMG® DYNAMIC SELECT
  • AMG® RIDE CONTROL Sport Suspension with 3-stage damping
  • AMG® Sport Exhaust System and AMG® High-Performance Braking System
  • 19-inch AMG® twin 5-spoke wheels and AMG® body styling
  • Optional AMG® Performance front seats with MB-Tex/DINAMICA upholstery
  • MBUX infotainment system with AMG®-specific displays

Mercedes-AMG GLA Exterior

About the Mercedes-Benz AMG® GLA

Elevating the concept of a compact luxury SUV to astounding new heights, the Mercedes-AMG GLA combines breathtaking performance with impeccable luxury and craftsmanship. With a world-renowned reputation for building some of the most respected performance vehicles in the industry, AMG® has infused the GLA with the quintessential attributes of a bespoke race-proven vehicle. Available with your choice of two AMG®-enhanced turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, the GLA 35 and GLA 45 are the perfect way to add a dose of adrenaline to your daily commute. Inside the cabin, you’ll find exclusive materials and design cues that create a luxurious atmosphere for the driver to enjoy. Cutting-edge technology and connectivity features featuring exclusive AMG® displays offer a customized way to view and access critical drive information at the touch of a button via MBUX. Both inside and out, the Mercedes-AMG GLA sets the benchmarks for performance-focused compact luxury SUVs.

What the Critics Say

The Dynamic Plus package highlights and helps optimize the GLA45’s chassis hardware. Stiffened and fitted with body reinforcements, the AMG® version has a tauter suspension with struts up front and multilink in the rear. The steering is ultra sharp and direct while the body control is firm and tight. It feels at the ready, attentively waiting for any driver input to translate into rapid moves.” — Car and Driver

First things first: That little engine is terrific, a punchy, pocket-sized dynamo of a thing that pulls smoothly from near idle and really gets its game on from about 2,400 rpm as an oceanic swell of turbo boost washes over the power and torque curves. Before you know it, the shift graphic in the HUD is flicking from yellow to red, and, if you’re in manual mode, you’re tugging at the right-hand paddle to select the next gear.” — MotorTrend

Mercedes-AMG GLA Features

Mercedes-AMG GLA Engines

Remarkable Performance

After receiving painstaking attention from the team of talented engineers at AMG®, the GLA 35 and GLA 45 come equipped with state-of-the-art turbocharged 4-cylinder engines with astounding performance capabilities. Producing 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the GLA 35 can rocket from 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. Beneath the hood of GLA 45 models lies the world’s most powerful 4-cylinder in production, boasting 382 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of an astonishing 4.3 seconds. Both models benefit from a standard SPEEDSHIFT® DCT 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and AMG® Performance 4MATIC® all-wheel drive. The standard 3-stage AMG® RIDE CONTROL® can adapt each wheel’s damping in milliseconds, providing a ride that’s both responsive and comfortable. Other signature performance components of the AMG® GLA include the AMG® Sport Exhaust System and AMG® High-Performance Braking System.

Mercedes-AMG GLA Styling

Race-Inspired Looks

Instantly recognizable as a Mercedes-AMG model, the GLA 35 and GLA 45 proudly showcase exclusive exterior design cues that differentiate them from the rest of the lineup. At the front, AMG®-specific radiator grille announces your arrival with confidence. Other unique exterior features include silver chrome trim elements in the outer air inlets and the front splitter. Drivers will have their choice of seven wheel designs available in three sizes on their AMG® GLA. From behind, you’ll also be able to identify the AMG® GLA by its diffuser insert, AMG® spoiler lip on the roof spoiler, and two round tailpipe trims. For an even more aggressive look, there’s also an optional AMG® Night package that includes high-gloss black exterior accents.

Mercedes-AMG Interior

Driver-Focused Interior

Carefully crafted to support every action of the driver, the luxurious cabin of the Mercedes-AMG GLA balances comfort with innovative technology. Holding you firmly in place during high-speed cornering are available AMG® Performance front seats with MB-Tex/DINAMICA upholstery. Interior trim with a carbon-fiber-look and air vents featuring ambient lighting further enhance the mood of the interior. Positioned within arm’s reach of the driver are two 10.25-inch displays that serve as your destination for accessing the groundbreaking MBUX infotainment system. Whether operated via the touchpad, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel, by voice control, or gesture control: the MBUX control concept is both versatile and flexible. AMG® TRACK PACE is integrated into the MBUX multimedia system for the specific analysis and improvement of driving skills.

Trims & Specs



  • Starting at $47,550 MSRP*
  • AMG®-enhanced 2.0L inline-4 turbo (302 HP / 295 LB-FT of Torque)
  • AMG® body styling
  • Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)
  • AMG® RIDE CONTROL Sport Suspension with 3-stage damping
  • AMG® High-performance Braking System



  • Starting at $54,500 MSRP*
  • Handcrafted AMG® 2.0L inline-4 turbo (382 HP / 354 LB-FT of Torque)
  • 64-color LED ambient lighting with illuminated vents
  • AMG® Sport Exhaust System
  • Remote Start via Mercedes me Mobile App
  • Voice Control with Natural Language Understanding


*Base MSRP excludes transportation and handling charges, destination charges, taxes, title, registration, preparation and documentary fees, tags, labor and installation charges, insurance, and optional equipment, products, packages and accessories. Actual vehicle price may vary by Dealer.