March 21, 2023
Exclusive: Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC Review

Another huge unique from us at carandbike, and this time it’s all-new Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC. This is among the racier avatars of the GLA-Class compact SUV, that shares a platform and powertrains with the lately launched A-Class sedan – which too has its AMG mannequin being made right here. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 comes with that hallowed AMG badge; and it together with the stronger GLA 45 and 45 S fashions provides quicker, edgier efficiency and hey – you realize it – styling too. And we now have it first! In reality we now have bought the entire GLA household with us, however we select to focus on this evaluation on the purple scorching AMG! (But you may learn the evaluation of the ‘common’ AMG too). To start with, the brand new technology of GLA has extra of an SUV proportion when in comparison with the final automotive. It’s a very good looker, and the AMG model extra so.

Also Read: 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA & AMG GLA 35 Launched In India

(With the Bishangarh fort within the backdrop, the AMG GLA 35 makes for an imposing and a formidable {photograph})

I made a decision to essentially spend the proper of time with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 – so lived with the automotive for per week. Everything from greater speeds on the freeway, to some winding roads. And even the extra espresso runs and mundane journeys to grocery retailer – at all times on metropolis site visitors. And right here is the headline – the GLA 35 is flexible, making it a potent mixture of sensible and highly effective. The footage you see are largely from the day journey I made with it to the spectacular Bishangarh Fort that’s now a luxurious lodge underneath the Alila banner. Including detours and our shoot necessities – that meant driving over 550 kilometres in that in the future. And it was time properly spent.



(The entrance finish of the GLA 35 AMG appears extra aggressive than that of the GLA, because of the brand new AMG grille and a sportier bumper)

The GLA 35 appears the half, because the AMG-ness turns into slightly apparent on it. It has the signature AMG grille with vertical slats and a sportier bumper. The entrance apron and splitter are additionally completely different to the inventory automotive. The rear apron and diffuser, bumper and spoiler additionally add to the look. 19-inch gray alloy wheels are normal, although in Europe you may go for bigger 20-inchers. The silver AMG brake callipers are additionally seen, and there’s a Turbo 4Matic badge on the fender.

Also Read: Mercedes-AMG GLA 35: All You Need To Know


(The Turbo 4Matic badge on the fender provides to the gravitas of the automotive)

Most of the weather assist add to the SUV stance of this softroaders – which means the sportier mannequin really finally ends up wanting extra butch! There are six colors, and whereas that features the Patagonia purple I’ve, it prices further – ₹ 6.70 lakh further since it’s a particular design paint shade. The automotive will get quite a lot of issues normal for India. And that record spans all the things from these wheels to the panoramic sunroof.



(Despite being a efficiency oriented machine, the AMG GLA 35 offers you these SUV feels whenever you drive the automotive)

There was criticism of the primary technology being an excessive amount of like a hatch and never SUV sufficient. The excellent news on this technology is it drives like an SUV, you get into one and straightaway you’ve gotten that SUV really feel. Interestingly not all of that comes via on the GLA 35 although. Lots of people would need the AMG mannequin to additionally really feel SUV like. But not me. To me in case you are shopping for this automotive, it’s primarily for its efficiency. If you needed a compact Mercedes-Benz SUV, you’d simply purchase the common GLA 200 or 220d. The AMG mannequin should be sportier, extra direct, with the driving force on the centre of its inherent character.


(The AMG GLA 35 is finest suited for individuals who like being within the driver’s seat)

And not being that method would additionally create an enormous separation between the GLA 45 and 35. So it isn’t a sports activities automotive after all. But it’s correctly stiff and provides you the slight edge that you simply’d be on the lookout for. So the throttle is responsive, sharp and the gearbox additionally involves the occasion. The automotive responds properly sufficient in Comfort Mode. But go into Sport or Sport+ and issues begin to get very fascinating. The steering isn’t as sharp or stiff as I had anticipated although, however does the job. If you expect a typical Mercedes-Benz really feel – suppose once more! The GLA 35 is stiff, and finest suited for individuals who like being within the driver’s seat.



(The AMG GLA 35 will get a 2-litre 4-cylinder motor which is turbocharged. The USP right here is the 400 Nm of torque that the engine generates)

The GLA 35 makes use of the Mercedes-Benz M260 engine (2-litre, 4-cylinder) that additionally goes into the vary topping petrol GLA 250 abroad. The engine has been given an AMG tune, however isn’t made by AMG – that is solely on the GLA 45. There’s a minimal trace of lag, and so together with fast throttle response, and as I stated earlier, you get a gearbox that may comply – even when you don’t use the paddles. The motive the 35 is loads can also be as a result of Mercedes-Benz India has performed it good by not providing the petrol GLA variants that use the M260. Instead we solely get the GLA 200 that has the smaller 1.3 litre engine. So the efficiency distinction may be very obvious. And for me the 400 Nm of peak torque is the massive story.

Ride and Handling


(The experience high quality on the AMG GLA 35 is stiff, however could be made comfy by selecting the consolation mode)

An adaptive suspension with variable damping can also be normal for the India spec. It’s a very good factor too, as a result of frankly should you take a look at our street situations and marry it to the truth that it is a barely stiffer automotive – it makes the automotive extra comfy. So you may have individualised drive mode settings, consolation, sport or sport+. In consolation mode specifically the experience will really feel a bit extra pliant. Yet on a automotive like this you need the growl and the moment response – which means sport or sport+ are its finest modes.

Tech and Interior


(The AMG GLA 35 will get all the everyday trimmings of an AMG mannequin when it comes to color palette and materials)

The GLA 35’s inside feels very very similar to an AMG. It’s bought all the everyday trimmings and trappings of an AMG mannequin when it comes to color palette and materials. You get the darkish therapy on seats, sprint and roof. And the purple stitching all over the place, trademark purple seat belts (which I like), shiny black and metallic finishes throughout – drive residence the AMG therapy. To me that’s nice – because the GLA 35 actually is for individuals who need to drive themselves, and as a rule – just like the edgier, sportier look. Being an AMG mannequin you additionally get the flat bottomed steering wheel, and sports activities seats.


(The turbine-model AC vents are nonetheless successful! Fit and end is what you’ll anticipate from an AMG SUV)

The cabin offers you the newest single display screen look infotainment touchscreen plus digital cluster. This lets you’ve gotten customised views of the devices too. The two screens work via the contact pads on the steering – as in all Mercedes fashions. The similar goes for cellphone connectivity, wi-fi charging, and a Burmester sound system. The automotive has an inbuilt sim with Mercedes me join app permitting you to make use of telematics operate like distant unlock or geo fencing.



(In phrases of security, the AMG GLA 35 will get quite a lot of options and a complete of seven airbags)

On the security entrance all the things and extra is normal. Collision warning, tyre stress monitoring, Isofix, 7 airbags, together with a knee airbag, energetic brake and brake help. energetic bonnet, stability management, antilock brakes with brake power distribution and a spotlight help.

This is now the third AMG mannequin to be assembled in India – after the GLC 43 and A 35. Even although some might argue the stronger GLA 45 would have been higher to have, I feel the 35 is the smarter strategy to go. Don’t get me fallacious – I’d have cherished to have each! And the GLA 45 S too! But since that isn’t sensible, and there wanted to be a neighborhood meeting angle thrown in – the 35makes most sense. You see the 45 variant additionally must be made in AMG’s personal facility as that engine will get made by AMG. Not the case with the M260. This additionally permits the corporate to supply a GLA with that AMG badge – at underneath ₹ 60 lakh. The pricing for the GLA 35 makes it fairly enticing given its twin character and goal.


(Bringing the AMG GLA 35 as an alternative of the 45 and the 45 was a sensible transfer by Mercedes-Benz India)


Yes, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 is the automotive you should utilize daily. It in all fairness environment friendly – I managed a freeway run averaging 14.3 kmpl, and bought 9.2 in unhealthy metropolis site visitors. So it’s a mix of practicality and efficiency. It is comparatively extra inexpensive than a full blown AMG mannequin and so I couldn’t be happier that it types an integral a part of the GLA-Class portfolio in India – and never only a area of interest small batch of import models. I hope the GLA 35 is a giant vendor, because it and the A35 may collectively activate a brand new phase of entry efficiency automobiles in India. I now wait and marvel how that may spur the rivals. Your transfer BMW and Audi.

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