The Mercedes A 45 AMG
The new Mercedes A 45 AMG - it's no real tax-beater but 161 g/km is still pretty good considering its performance
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The Mercedes A 45 AMG

The new-Class is a far cry from the earlier version, even at the bottom of the range. As to the A45 AMG, those of a nervous disposition should look away

 

 

 

THE order books have opened for the Mercedes A 45 AMG, the hottest version of the latest third-generation A-Class launched last year.

The company reckons it’s good for a 4.6second sprint from rest to 62mph – which certainly looks plausible, given the 360 horsepower output of its four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Mercedes A45AMG
The interior gets the full AMG treatment – AMG Performance seats with red leather trimming and lashings of kit

Prices will start at £37,845, which looks a bit steep compared with this car’s most obvious rival, BMW’s M 135i, which follows a more traditional recipe for a sporty drive by pairing a straight-six petrol engine with rear-wheel drive.

The Mercedes A 45 AMG, though, gets an advanced four-wheel drive system  and a seven-speed dual-clutch AMG transmission.

Considering the performance on offer, Mercedes’ new arrival does very well to achieve a combined fuel consumption of 40.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 161g/km.

Externally, the A 45 AMG gets a new AMG grille and frontal treatment, gloss black sill extensions and special eighteen-inch alloy wheels – although other wheel choices are also available, including nineteen-inchers. Dampers, springs and brakes are all upgraded.

The cabin gets the full AMG treatment – that means special AMG Performance seats with red stitching and red nappa leather, a sports steering wheel in nappa leather with red stitching, and red seats belts.

DAB digital radio is also standard.

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