The touch of a button is all it takes to start the world’s most powerful series ­production four ­cylinder engine. With an output of 280 kW (381 hp) this handcrafted engine, built according to the principle of “One Man – One Engine”, develops torque of 475 Nm. It can can accelerate the Mercedes­-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC out of the dust from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds.

The word getaway suddenly takes on new meaning.

The tail end of the Mercedes­-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC shows the car’s feisty character. The new spoiler lip and the AMG diffuser-­look rear apron reduce the lift on the rear axle and hold the sportster solidly on the road. Hallmark front­end features: the AMG radiator grille with its twin louvre in silver chrome and the AMG front apron in an A­wing design. Large cooling air intakes and distinctive gills on all air intakes serve to underline the vehicle’s self-­assured and dynamic appeal. With looks like these, even a compact SUV can earn respect in any terrain.

Pulls away on any surface.

The Mercedes­-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC is both an SUV and a thoroughbred sports car. Exciting proof of this is delivered by a spectacular trip out into the desert, courtesy of the performance­ oriented all-­wheel drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC and the optional AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package and the AMG front-axle limited-­slip differential. The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, available as an option, with Adaptive Damping System and additional RACE transmission mode, delivers one of the most intensive driving experiences possible. Can such dynamic performance still be improved upon? Yes, on a closed-­off race track, where the 3-­stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) will help you steer your racer safely round the asphalt.

A cockpit worthy of being called such.

To sit in the AMG Performance seats with their pronounced contours and integrated head restraints is to experience high ­quality materials and sporty elegance close-­up. The cushion and the backrest of the seat both offer even better lateral support and add a very special sporty look to the interior of the Mercedes­-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC. The AMG E -SELECT shift lever and the optionally available AMG Performance steering wheel with silver ­coloured aluminium shift paddles serve to round off the dynamic appeal of the interior. It all adds up to give the pilot mastery over the vehicle as well as over any terrain.

Technology to take you into pole position.

What do AMG drivers and AMG engineers have in common? They have petrol coursing through their veins. As proven by the world’s most powerful series­production four­-cylinder turbocharged engine, with an output of 280 kW (381 hp). With a specific output of 141 kW (191 hp) per liter, it even outperforms most super sports cars. A twin­scroll turbocharger ensures instantaneous response and superb agility. A torque of 475 Nm stands at your disposal for this very purpose. And, thanks to the AMG Performance 4MATIC all­wheel drive system, this power is delivered precisely to the road. The optional AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package with front axle limited­slip differential can improve traction further. With the result that while, in the end, the laws of physics may reach their limits, your enjoyment of driving won’t.