On last weeks’ press event in Hungary, we had the chance to get a full and extensive driving experience with the Mercedes-Benz Compact Cars. The offer was widespread from an A 220 d 4Matic up to the GLA 45 4Matic. The range was huge so I chose three vehicles for the two upcoming days. My first drive was the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 in designo polar silver magno for the landscape drive. This route was a 90 km long loop in the north of the Hungaroring with different kind of soil compositions.

The sports car behaved reliable on the road and I could get some full driving experiences changing between the Sport, Sport+ and the well-known Race mode. When driving through a small village called Fót, I had some troubles with the CLA because you could definitely feel and hear that this car’s comfort zone is the racetrack, despite switching into the Comfort mode. But in general, the Style Rebel that is this four-door-coupé, performed sporty, reliable and with the right temper.

Technical data:

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder in-line with direct injection and turbocharging

Rated output (kW/hp at rpm): 280/381 at 6000

Rated torque (Nm at rpm): 475 at 2250-5000

Drive system: Variable all-wheel drive AMG Performance 4MATIC with variable torque distribution

Transmission: AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7‑speed sports transmission

NEDC fuel consumption (l/100 km)
urban/extra-urban/combined: 9.6-9.2/6.0-5.6/7.3-6.9

Combined CO2 emissions (g/km): 171-162

Efficiency class: D

Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s): 4.2

Top speed (km/h): 250

Next up was a spin on the Hungaroring race track with DTM driver Edoardo Mortara in his A 45. We drove three full rounds on the track, one to warm up, one to demonstrate the A 45’s race mode and then a last one to cool down the engine. Lastly, I had the pleasure to take a facelifted GLA 2204Matic out for an off-road drive. The track was designed to get the full off-road experience. With deep holes and narrow paths leading trough the forest, you could really test out the different handling modes to feel the difference in-between the various settings for this car.

The GLA mastered all hurdles sovereign and reliable, despite the rough course which was designed to test the limits of the compact SUV. The most challenging part was a steep narrow track leading downwards. At this section, the back wheels of the GLA were lifted up in the air so the driver cabin was facing to the ground. The GLA facelift comes with three chassis variant to choose from: as standard, the GLA features a comfort suspension; the lowered suspension is available on request (in conjunction with the AMG Line or the Dynamic Handling package). Thanks to the optional off-road comfort suspension you can also get additional 30mm of ground clearance. This results in improved off-road capability, a higher seat position, and more striking off-roader looks. This driving experience was really intense and it was so interesting to experience first hand the cars smooth behavior on the off-road course.

Special thanks to Mercedes-Benz for having me!

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Article and photos by Rewa Richter | @rewa_rchtr