In another half—hour, the faint glow in the distance will transform the nighttime sky into the shimmering skyline of your city. Before long, you'll be snaking between the buildings, dashing through the puddles of light cast by the street lamps, and pulling up to your own front door. But just for now, you're going to let your mind keep basking in the starlit darkness behind you.
Showing up at a massively popular music festival without tickets may have seemed like a great idea when you loaded up your GLA on Friday and headed out of town. But kudos to whichever one of you suggested packing a few pieces of camping gear. Even if you thought you'd be making the festival lawn your "hotel" for the weekend, it turns out a nearby state park has an unplugged ambiance that's even more entrancing.
Some of your friends — like the one asleep in your back seat right now — didn't get why you wanted an SUV, a Mercedes-Benz SUV no less, instead of something more — how did they put it — "practical." Nothing like an impromptu 400-mile road trip to help them see past the status symbol in your GLA's grille. Practical, you showed them, is room for all of you, and all of your stuff. It's the confidence to venture into the wild without a formal invitation, even though you'd have fit in anywhere formal, too. It's the rush of a turbo and big tires on a winding road, and of surefooted safety in a sobering moment. It's a roadside stop to restock your snacks and refill the cooler, without refueling your GLA. Finally home, you watch the liftgate close on the now-empty trunk. The glisten in its taillamps reminds you of the starlight. The weekend didn't turn out anything like you planned. But it was practically perfect.
Travel Without Reservations
Accommodations for five.
The GLA cabin is outfitted to let five adults ride in comfort. With four aboard, the rear passengers can enjoy a center armrest with cupholders. Sport seats, part of the Interior Package, feature racing—style integrated head restraints with built—in ambient downlighting in any of 12 driver-selectable colors.
Hands-free power liftgate.
The standard power liftgate opens and closes at the touch of a button on your GLA or on its SmartKey remote. You can set its opening height for low ceilings, too. With HANDS-FREE ACCESS, a new option for 2018, you can open it with a gentle "kick" of your foot under the bumper — handy when your arms are full.
Roomy, refined cargo area.
Even with a full complement of passengers, the GLA’s richly carpeted cargo area offers space on par with many larger sedans. The rear seatbacks fold down in seconds to welcome up to 43.6 cubic feet of cargo.4 A polished chrome sill insert helps guard the bumper.
With their 60/40—split design, you can fold down part or all of the rear seatbacks, to make room for varying sizes of cargo while still welcoming a rear passenger. The center armrest features a pass-through feature, so two can ride alongside long, narrow items like skis.
Four for the record books.
A small fist can pack a mean punch. Evidence: the AMG GLA 45. Its handcrafted AMG 2.0L turbo engine is the most powerful 4 cylinder in production, with 375 hp. That also equates to an industry-leading 188 hp/liter. Turbo boost leads its class, maxing out at 26.1 psi.15 And it'll rush you to 60 in 4.3 seconds,16 with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT® DCT 7 speed and torque-vectoring AMG Performance 4matic® shrewdly allotting its 350 lb ft of torque to all four 19" or 20" AMG® wheels.1
More than the way it looks.
Aggressive intakes in its new front apron feed air to the GLA 45, and lure your eyes to the new LED headlamps and wheel options. Racing-bred AMG brakes, suspension and exhaust live up to the fresh visuals. Live it up even further by opting for the multimode AMG Performance Exhaust, AMG RIDE CONTROL with two-stage damping and a RACE mode, or the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS Package that also adds a limited-slip front diff and 167-mph top speed.17