2021 AMG Mercedes-Benz GLA 35 4MATIC

Subcompact, new styling and AMG enhanced.

Prices start at $47,550.00

Is the Mercedes-Benz GLA35 AMG all new for 2021?

Yes, all-new look for 2021 marking the second generation for the GLA. This new model is more refined, sophisticated, and contemporary than its predecessor. It now joins the new styling found on the lineup for Mercedes-Benz SUVs.

GLA AMG Trim levels

The GLA 35 is offered in two trim levels:

  • GLA 35 4MATIC (As tested)
  • GLA 45 4MATIC
As tested with MSRP of $53,465.00, not including destination charge

With subcompact SUV’s being such a strong segment, it makes a lot of sense to provide sport versions. Especially an AMG sport version. The AMG trim isn’t only cosmetic. You feel the real sport upgrade in the suspension, engine and transmission.

What is the Mercedes-Benz GLA 35 AMG SUV warranty?

  • New Vehicle 4 Year/50,000 mile Warranty
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance Program

What engine comes with Mercedes-Benz GLA 35 AMG?

AMG Enhanced 2.0L Inline-4 Turbo Engine

302 Horsepower and 295 lb-ft of Torque. Engine is mated to a AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8-Speed Automatic Transmission.

What are the interior features of the Mercedes-Benz GLA 35 AMG 4matic?

Very contemporary interior and the feel of luxury is present. Ergonomics are a big deal to me and this SUV had all functions just a finger click away. I love how the AUTO STOP function sits right below the Start button, genius!

My test vehicle was finished in Night Black exterior over two tone Neva Grey/Black MB-TEX, and trim in brushed aluminum. The most entertaining function was all the ambient lighting options; 64 colors to choose from, door panel, dash, aircraft-inspired air vents, and footwells all light up. You can choose from keeping it one consistent color or alternating with different mood options.

This is a very sport car inspired SUV, so I actually like the fact it did not have a sunroof or panoramic roof. The dash is broken up into two 10.25″‘ screens but is one continuous panel. The “mouse pad” made all functions easy to navigate through the infotainment system.

Additional features include Apple CARPLay, Androaid Auto, Bluetooth, Keyless-Start, Power Liftgate, Heated Front Seats, Wireless Charging, USB-C ports, Burmester Surround Sound System, and much more. See the full list below in features.

How does the Mercedes-BEnz GLA 35 AMG 4MATIC SUV drive?

I have two perspectives to answer this question:

As a fairly tall, family man, It makes you the cool dad on the block being able to manage the daily duties with the AMG style and fun. Comfortable for 5 passengers and a cargo area of 50.5 cu-ft. Vehicle height is perfect for getting in/out, for adults, children and cargo.

As a car enthusiast, Mercedes-Benz has great provenance of having some of the greatest sports cars we have ever seen, so what better than sharing some of that pedigree daily. Although, it’s is AMG enhanced (vsAMG handcraft), the SUV is sporty, handles incredibly and a very fast transmission that made paddle driving very exhilarating.

Final thoughts

Entry level SUV, luxury, and sports car. A perfectly well rounded vehicle for the individual that can’t afford a second car or doesn’t have the space for a second car. The GLA 35 AMG is a great blend for true car enthusiast. It was so great and fun to drive that it kept me think, how does the GLA45 AMG drive?

GLA 35 AMG 4matic Features

GLA 250 Performance Basics

  • AMG Enhanced 2.oL Inline-4 Turbo Engine
  • 330 Horsepower
  • 295 lb-ft of torque
  • AMG Speedshift DCT 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • AMG Performance 4MATIC
  • ECO start/stop
  • AMG Dynamic Select
  • AMG Ride Control Sport Suspension


  • 10.25″ Touchscreen Display
  • 10.25″ Digital Instrument Cluster
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Power Front Seats w/Lumbar Support and Memory
  • Split Folding Windshield Wipers
  • Keyless Start
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control


  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • LED Headlamps
  • LED Tail lamps
  • Advanced Air Bag Protection System
  • Antitheft Alarm System
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call Service

*Features available with 4matic trim

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