Mercedes AMG A45 review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 rear cornering
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 left static boot open
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 spoiler detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 badge detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior driver display
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 boot open
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 rear cornering
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 left static boot open
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 spoiler detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 badge detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior driver display
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 interior detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2022 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Four hundred and fifteen horsepower. That might seem like the power figure for a musclebound sports or performance car, but it’s actually how much grunt the Mercedes AMG A45 S packs under its sensible hatchback skin.

Even more impressive than the headline power figure – or indeed its 3.9sec 0-62mph time – is how the baby AMG achieves that level of firepower. You see, there isn't a big six or eight-cylinder engine to be found under the bonnet, just a 2.0-litre four-cylinder – albeit with a turbocharger that’s bigger than your head.

There’s really only one other hot hatch that can even get close to the A45’s manic performance: the Audi RS3. Of course, you might also want to consider the less powerful BMW M135i – especially if a premium badge is a must. 

So, is the Mercedes AMG A45 any good to drive, or is it just good for bragging rights down the pub? Stay with us over the next few pages of this review to find out if it’s fun as well as fast and whether you could actually live with the thing day to day.

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At a glance
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Target Price from £58,728
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RRP price range £58,728 - £58,728
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)1
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 31 - 31
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £509 / £4,237
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £1,018 / £8,473
Available colours