The GLA45 is the hyper crossover you want

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The Mercedes-AMG GLA45's firecracker of an engine and go kart-like handling will make you fall in love with driving again. 

Few cars can cover ground as quickly as this AMG – you can thank the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system for the GLA45’s ability to tackle all weather. Thanks to its AMG-tuned 4MATIC system, it has the ability to show a Ford Focus RS or Honda Civic Type R a clean pair of heels – at least in a race for straight-line supremacy. 

Powering the GLA45 is the same hand-built 280kw/475nm 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder motor that resides in the A45 and CLA45, and is capable of running from 0-100kph in just 4.4 seconds. Granted, it does feel slightly less focused and not as sharp as the A45 – it’s 40mm higher and 30kg heavier than the hot hatch – but its tendency for lift off oversteer does give it some much needed character. 

It’s also slightly more practical than its A45 sibling, giving it a more grown-up feel. It is a supremely quick crossover-based hot hatch offering tremendous all-weather usability, but is sadly let down by its high price and a dated interior. 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa has the GLA45 priced from R862 628.

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