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Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG (2013–2018)

Last updated 29 March 2019

 
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First four-cylinder AMG model produces 360PS from turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. Impressive handling and grip levels. As quick as you'd expect
Expensive with a starting price of more than £37,000.
Updated 29 March 2019

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Introduction

Be under no illusions here. The Mercedes Benz A45 AMG is a very important car for its maker. AMG has made a name for itself building heavy-hitting V8 and sometimes V12 saloons, estates, coupes and cabriolets - but never before has it built a hot hatch.

This is a radical new direction for AMG and one with clear goals in mind. Firstly to create a halo for the rest of the A-Class range to bask under and to offer a three-pointed alternative to the mighty BMW M135i - the car which has re-defined what performance you can expect for £30,000-and-a-bit.

Good job then, that Mercedes-Benz and AMG decided to crowbar in much more power than the 315PS the BMW can muster. The A45 develops 360PS from its hand-built turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, sprints from 0-62mph in a claimed 4.6 seconds and comes with a starting price of £37,845.

Visually you're getting rather a lot over the standard A-Class. But then you should - the standard car is a bit awkward to look at from some angles and in certain colours. The AMG gets a new bumper and grille at the front, in order to accommodate the intercooler and supplementary radiator.

It's surprisingly un-aggressive head-on, which adds to the A45's low key appeal. Other visual modifications include lowered suspension, 18-inch diamond-cut alloys, side skirts, and twin exhausts. It's surprisingly subtle - for an AMG - and yet, to those in the know, it's instantly recognisable as a high-performance car.

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 2013 Road Test

List Price from £35,890
Buy new from £31,473
Contract hire from £320.00 per month
 

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