Test Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and Cupra Formentor 310: why faster isn’t always sportier

We cannot ignore it: electric cars and hybrids are on the rise. Yet many car manufacturers still see a profit in fun cars with only a combustion engine. Also in the compact SUV segment. For example, Volkswagen has the T-Toc R in the program and Mini delivers the John Cooper Works Countryman.


Not cheap bling bling

But there are even more high-legged street fighters for sale. New boys in the ‘hood’ are the Cupra Formentor 310 and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35. Their two-liter four-cylinder engines deliver an output of more than 300 hp thanks to a generous portion of turbo steroids. To them street credibility To increase, they have four-wheel drive, bulky alloy, aggressive spoiler work and fat exhausts. We’re not talking cheap bling bling. The purchase price of the Cupra passes the 66,000 euro mark. The Mercedes even requires an investment of more than 76 grand.

“When you go speed dating with the Cupra Formentor, you soon think you have found the right one. ”


Cupra Formentor sprints faster than Mercedes-AMG GLA

The 310 hp Cupra Formentor only needs 4.7 seconds for the hundred sprint. That used to be a supercar value … The slightly heavier Mercedes-AMG GLA (306 hp) takes 5.1 counts over this exercise. As the speed increases, the Mercedes sees its backlog further increase. On paper the differences are not too bad, but in practice you experience every sprint duel in the GLA as an ignominious defeat. Both have a (regulated) top speed of 250 km / h.

Mercedes shifts faster than Cupra

In sports mode, the eight-speed transmission of the GLA changes gears faster than Minister Hugo De Jonge of vaccination policy, but a lot smoother. Especially in busy stop & go traffic you notice the difference with the somewhat restless and sometimes choppy Cupra gearbox.

Test Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and Cupra Formentor 310: why faster isn't always sportier

When you go speed dating with fast SUVs and the Cupra Formentor is the first candidate, you soon think you have found the right one. On a winding road, the warm-blooded Spaniard offers more driving pleasure than paella in a giant pan. You can’t beat your luck. Until you get behind the wheel of the AMG GLA 35 …

Performance-SUV

The German steers even faster and more precisely than his competitor. Hats off to the AMG engineers. They’ve turned the fairly thoughtful GLA into a downright performance SUV. Partly thanks to the special sports tires (Continental Sport Contact 6), the 1.7-tonne GLA does not deviate from its line. In the meantime, the control lets you very clearly know what the oversized rubber slippers are experiencing.

Test Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and Cupra Formentor 310: why faster isn't always sportier

Cupra Formentor slower on the track

The Cupra control is nice and direct, but less communicative. The Formentor also rolls clearly more around its longitudinal axis in curves than the stoic GLA. If you turn off the ESP, the differences get even bigger. Depending on the situation, the Cupra tends to under- or upset rather than its opponent. Despite its increased sprint power, the Cupra is almost 2 seconds slower on our test track. The hot Spaniard also has to recognize his superior in the GLA in the slalom. The Mercedes goes around the pylons at 66.6 km / h, the Cupra reaches a maximum of 65.7 km / h here.

Test Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and Cupra Formentor 310: why faster isn't always sportier

Conclusion

Yes, the Mercedes is strictly speaking the better performance SUV, but in the Cupra the driving pleasure is already at a sky-high level. Only if you regularly drive an AMG GLA 35 would you notice that it could be even better and more fun.


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