The Mercedes Benz A45 AMG variant is handled by Mercedes’ performance division turning the humble hatchback into a beastly hatchback packed with technology and engineering to let it go toe to toe with the latest hot hatches. The Mercedes Benz A Class is the marquee’s offering into entry level Benz ownership, the A class has all the features a modern Benz has but is in a compact hatchback form a quick detour from the SUV and luxury sedans that the marquee usually produces.
The Mercedes Benz A45 AMG is a Hyper Hatchback (Is That Even a Word?)
The Mercedes Benz A45 AMG looks stunning on the outside featuring aggressive lines and large vents to feed air to the perfectly engineered motor. Sporting spoilers, scoops, performance wheels and large drilled rotors taken from the C63 AMG, it’s obvious that the A45 is not an ordinary Benz hatchback. Under the hood is AMG’s 2.0-Liter four cylinder turbo packed with a lot of engineering, it’s currently the most powerful production four cylinder at 355hp and 465Nm while still passing emissions. Along with the amazing engine is an equally amazing 7-speed dual clutch auto that powers all four wheels.
Like any ‘Merc’ the A45 AMG offers excellent interior quality; fully adjustable sport seats, driver assistance, premium audio setup, radar cruise control and braking, climate control, and more. Ride is a little bit stiff due to it being a sportier ride and will get tiring on longer trips but still comfortable given the amount of bolstering on the seats. As a hatchback with a swooping roof the back seat may be a little bit limited on the headroom for taller passengers and getting in and out might be awkward as there is a low vertical clearance on the door sill.
Driving the A45 AMG is where it matters, the 0 to 100kmh sprint takes 4.5seconds. The four cylinder sounds unlike any other four banger as it sounds like a big V8 threatening the VW Golf GTi with all its growling. Handling is razor sharp, going through corners like it was on rails, the all-wheel-drive system works as a FWD initially on acceleration and allocates power to the back wheels when needed like pulling out of a corner.
For a hot hatch based on entry level Benz vehicles, AMG sure did put a lot of performance in this compact car. Surprisingly this is also one of the cheapest AMGs for what you’re actually getting. The engine still holds the record for being the most powerful 2.0 4 cylinder.
For an A class however, the price of the Mercedes Benz A45 AMG is a bit steep but once you fully utilize the AMG performance, the A class does not matter, you’re driving an AMG. The exhaust while stupendously delightful, can get a bit too rowdy in public roads so take it easy on neighborhoods. Overall, The A45 AMG is putting more performance on hot hatches which sets the bar higher for competitors.