Mercedes’ pocket rocket

This is the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG, a “hot crossover”, says James Taylor in Car magazine. In other words, it is a cross between a high-performance hatchback and a four-wheel-drive SUV, Mercedes’ answer to the Range Rover Evoque.

The ‘45 AMG’ suffix signals that the flagship model uses the same “ballistic” four-cylinder engine and all-wheel-drive system as its AMG stablemates. That means you can expect the kind of performance from this “fairly unassuming family car that a Porsche 911 Turbo would have aimed for just a decade ago”.

The styling is “undeniably distinctive”, says Matt Saunders in Autocar, and the handling and ride are “nicely judged”, absorbing lumps and bumps quietly and comfortably, making it a practical proposition for everyday use.

The car also feels remarkably flat and precise in the corners, and is a lot of fun on a twisting road. It is “all the more amusing” if you go for the optional firmer springs and sports exhaust, which “pops, whooshes and growls with uninhibited abandon”.

The design may make it look more like a chunky hot hatch than a performance SUV, but it has a certain charm, says Mat Watson in AutoExpress. It is also “blistering” in a straight line. Indeed, says Taylor, this is “the Merc to give other pocket rockets a bloody nose”.

Price: £42,000
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo
Power: 355bhp
0-62mph: 4.8 seconds
Top speed: 155mph (limited)

• Stay up to date with MoneyWeek: Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Google+

MoneyWeek magazine

Latest issue:

Magazine cover
Avoid the dinosaurs

Why smaller stocks are better bets

The UK's best-selling financial magazine. Take a FREE trial today.
Claim 4 FREE Issues

Vote in the MoneyWeek Readers' Choice Awards

Vote for your favourite financial services company in the inaugural MoneyWeek Awards, and you could win a year's subscription to MoneyWeek magazine. Find out more and vote here.


Shale gas 'fracking' promises to transform Britain's energy market. Find out what it is, what it means, and how to invest.

Which investment platform?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from. They all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.
Find out which one is best for you.