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2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 sets quite the pace

With 382 horsepower on tap, this compact crossover can certainly move.

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The first-gen Mercedes GLA45 AMG sucked. It was an expensive heap that was perpetually uncomfortable and looked about as good as it drove. 

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Thankfully, Mercedes-AMG learned some lessons over the years.

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Now, the new-for-2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 is a fully realized compact luxury crossover with a bonkers little powertrain tucked under the hood for good measure, making for one hell of a second act.

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The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 doesn't really have much true competition. 

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Its diminutive footprint puts it a class below other higher-po luxury utes like the BMW X3 M40i and the Audi SQ5.

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There are no analogous variants of the BMW X1/X2 or Audi Q3, either.

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The BMW X2 M35i could be close, I guess, but it's closer to the slightly less peppy GLA35

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That's probably for the best, though.

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Any automaker would have a hard time topping the GLA45's equal doses of entry-level luxury and flat-out powertrain insanity.

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