What is the new Mercedes Benz GLA 35? Is there even space for it in the GLA range?

I have to admit, when I first saw the images of the new Mercedes GLA I was a little dissapointed.

I loved the fact that the previous model looked like the A class but on stilts.

The new model really does look too much like the GLB, which in a world that seems to have gone SUV mad, in our opinion isn’t a good thing.

Having said that, I remember thinking the previous GLA was an ugly thing, particularly the back end but you know what, it was a grower and in GLA 45 spec with the option AMG aero kit it’s one handsome beast.

Anyway on to business…


The new GLA 35 is a warm AMG car (whether hardcore AMG fans think there should even be one is a different discussion).

It will ultimately sit under the full fat GLA 45 when it’s announced and is aimed at the sporty, lifestyle types.

The stats:

Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC
Engine – 2.0-litre 4-cylinder in-line with twin-scroll exhaust gas turbocharger
Output – 225 kW (306 hp) at 5800 rpm
Peak torque – 400 Nm at 3000-4000 rpm
Drive system layout – AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive
Transmission – AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission
Fuel consumption – combined – 7.5-7.4 l/100 km*
Combined CO2 emissions – 171-170 g/km*
Efficiency class – D
Acceleration 0-100 km/h – 5.1 s
Top speed – 250 km/h**

(The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. 
These are the “NEDC CO2 figures” according to Article 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. 
The fuel consumption figures were calculated on the basis of these figures.
** Electronically limited)

The business End:

Upfront sits a 2.0-litre 4 cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine pushing out 306bhp, which is pretty healthy.

The 8-speed double-clutch box has been designed to give a near-instant ‘let’s push on’ attitude when asked.

Pair that up with Mercedes’ 4Matic, 4wd system and its able to put it down and sprint to 62mph in a mere 5.1 seconds


The exterior is based on the AMG-Line spec product with some AMG highlights. The front grille, the front splitter, the rear diffuser and AMG spoiler all let people know that this is a little more special than a humdrum diesel wearing smart clothes.
19” wheels are standard however bigger ones are available, higher spec 19’s or 20’s or 21’s (which no doubt will be the prettiest to look at)


The interior is a bit more definitive of the AMG range.

Seats are given the red stitch treatment as are the air vents and seat belts. Just like they are in full fat AMG cars.

The instrument cluster can be specced up to a ‘supersport’ which puts the rev counter firmly in the middle of business with 3d info cocooned around it. Want to know how much ‘G’ you’re neck just experienced? Its all here for you to gaze at.

An AMG flat bottomed leather steering wheel, again stitched in AMG red will keep you on the right track.

Spec it up and there’ll be even more buttons to help you drive like an AMG god, like you needed any!


There are a few things that we think are a bit overkill for this new warm AMG genre of car. Especially one of this size.
They might make more sense in the A35 AMG but I really question whether the sporty lifestyle type of customer is really ever going to take advantage of them.

Theres a data logger for race track use integrated into the information cluster and HUD (head up display). It will give information about your lap speeds at your track day. It even has some racetracks built in and using gps can log the best times and racing lines to make sure you are constantly improving lap times.

A bit too formula one maybe?

There’s also a Race start option? Really?

My guess is the majority of full fat AMG cars will never see a race track in their lives, so don’t expect seeing a GLA 35 at one anytime soon.


Our view

Does the GLA 35 AMG fill a gap? was there a space to be filled anyway? Something in between the previous GLA 250 and GLA 45.

The GLA250 pushed out just over 200 bhp and got it to 62mph in 6.1 seconds. (2020 version 224bhp 0-62 in 8.7secs!?)
The GLA 45 pushed out 381bhp and catapulted it to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds (2020 version not released at writing)

So the answer to that question is… Well Yes!

Think of this GLA 35 as being similar to the ’S’ models from Audi, which do particularly well by the way. Sporty but not fully paid up member of Audi RS club.

For me, I think that if you need anything quicker than the GLA 250 then you’re the kind of person that appreciates performance. The GLA 35 AMG gives you that. Especially if you factor in Mercedes have the 2020 version of the GLA 250 as taking 8.7 seconds to 62mph. Up on power yes, but that extra weight seems to have carved out a space for the new GLA 35 AMG very nicely.

Personally I’d want to see what the full fat GLA 45 wearing the full AMG Aero pack is bringing to the table first.

Without a doubt, it will go like stink!



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