Skip advert
Advertisement

2024 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 S – 415bhp SUV gets design tweaks inside and out

The range-topping Mercedes-AMG GLA45 S has been given an overhaul for 2024, but its performance remains untouched

Mercedes-AMG has launched the 2024 GLA45 S, applying a host of changes to the exterior and uprating its cabin to bring it in-line with the rest of the range. Performance remains identical to the outgoing car, but given that direct rivals are pretty thin on the ground, this is no bad thing. Pricing is yet to be announced, but expect a rise on the £65,000 starting price of the previous model.

Advertisement - Article continues below

While the design is familiar overall, the flagship GLA now adopts a redesigned front bumper with more defined intake sections for an uplift in aggression. Most notable are new headlights with an updated lighting signature, available as Multibeam LED units at an additional cost (the GLA’s entire lighting system is also now full LED).

> The new Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door gets a bigger grille and a £179,325 price tag

The GLA45’s distinctive wheel arch trims are now body colour as standard, unlike the outgoing car, with 21-inch wheels, quad exit exhaust trims, a roof-mounted lip spoiler and a rear diffuser also part of the package. Mercedes-AMG has also redesigned the rear lights with sharper optics to set it apart from its predecessor.

Under the bonnet is AMG’s potent 2-litre turbocharged M139 four-cylinder, producing the same 415bhp and 369lb ft of torque as the previous car. Sending this power to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the GLA45 S no slouch, with the 0-62mph sprint coming in 4.3sec and a claimed top speed of 168mph. The hot SUV also comes with AMG Torque Control, allowing for torque vectoring between axles and individual wheels. 

Inside, buyers are treated to Mercedes-AMG’s latest Performance steering wheel as standard, featuring multi-function rotary display buttons for greater customisation. The MBUX infotainment system is also now the latest generation, and comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a more powerful USB charger and an additional USB-C port for improved connectivity. 

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but with the outgoing car costing from £65,000, expect to pay closer to the £70,000 mark.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

New Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Super Sport: blacked-out Mille Miglia specials revealed
Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Super Sport
News

New Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Super Sport: blacked-out Mille Miglia specials revealed

Alfa is building 450 Super Sport models based on the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, priced at £82,815 and £91,835 respectively
15 May 2024
New Land Rover Defender gets more power and more luxury for 2024
New 2024 Land Rover Defender
News

New Land Rover Defender gets more power and more luxury for 2024

The Land Rover Defender lineup has been given an overhaul with simplified options packages, a more powerful diesel engine and luxury second-row seats
7 May 2024
Cupra Ateca 300 Fast Fleet test – 6 months with the 296bhp family car
evo Fast Fleet Cupra Ateca 300
Long term tests

Cupra Ateca 300 Fast Fleet test – 6 months with the 296bhp family car

While it lacks engagement on more challenging roads, Cupra's Ateca passed the Fast Fleet test with strong pace, practicality and long-distance comfort…
3 May 2024
BMW X5 M Competition 2024 review – 616bhp super-SUV takes on Porsche’s Cayenne
BMW X5 M – front
Reviews

BMW X5 M Competition 2024 review – 616bhp super-SUV takes on Porsche’s Cayenne

The new X5 M packs a brutal 616bhp punch, four-wheel drive and an M-tuned chassis – has BMW created a high-riding M5?
2 May 2024
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Ford Mustang GT 2024 review – old school in all the right ways
Ford Mustang GT – front
Reviews

Ford Mustang GT 2024 review – old school in all the right ways

We loved the new Ford Mustang in track-focused Dark Horse form – how does the standard GT fare?
23 May 2024
BMW M135i 2024 review – a match for the Volkswagen Golf R?
BMW M135i review
Reviews

BMW M135i 2024 review – a match for the Volkswagen Golf R?

BMW’s hot hatch is a good car, but no longer a unique one, and misses the mark for pure fun
22 May 2024
BMW M340i xDrive Touring Fast Fleet test – 6000 miles in the six-cylinder estate
evo Fast Fleet BMW M340i xDrive Touring
Long term tests

BMW M340i xDrive Touring Fast Fleet test – 6000 miles in the six-cylinder estate

The six-cylinder M Performance estate departs the evo Fast Fleet, confirming a renaissance for the everyday BMW
20 May 2024