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Mercedes-AMG A 45 verdict

2019 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 54.1

Written by CJ Hubbard Published: 22 April 2024 Updated: 22 April 2024

Should you buy one?

If you’ve got the coin for this kind of car, frankly you won’t go far wrong with either this Mercedes-AMG A45 S or a top spec Audi RS3 Sportback. They’re both really excellent examples of all-weather performance machines that happen to have the practicality of a family hatchback attached. These hot hatch kingpins really do spoil the patrons lucky enough to be able to afford them.

Reasons to choose the A45 AMG are myriad. The engine’s a joyful bomb, the gearbox and chassis are more than capable of keeping up, and the suspension won’t punish you whenever you encounter a poor piece of tarmac (thank heavens, given this is the UK, etc). But it’s the tech and how successfully it’s been integrated that probably seals the deal.

The interior screens look great and perform well. The voice control is really top notch. And the augmented sat-nav feels like the future is now. Should you buy one? We wish we could.

What we like

Feels wonderfully complete from the way it drives to the on-board technology. Performance is sensational, and it treads a fine line been maturity and major fun.

What we don’t like

Attention grabbed by the looks isn’t always good news. A lot of electronic assistance (though you may never even notice).

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