Mercedes-AMG A45 review

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Mercedes-AMG A45
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The Mercedes-AMG A45 brings a whole new level of mad to the hot hatch concept. It’s based on the humble Mercedes A-Class, but it packs a mighty 376bhp, which means it’s more powerful than a base spec Porsche 911 Carrera. Yes, really.

With unflappable four-wheel-drive traction and a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox fitted as standard, this little pocket rocket from Stuttgart can get from 0 to 62mph in a scarcely believable 4.2 seconds. The only hot hatch that gets close is the equally ballistic Audi RS3.

However, unshakeable traction and point-to-point pace does not necessarily equate to a rewarding driving experience. And the Mercedes is also far more expensive than ‘lesser’ hot hatches like the brilliant Honda Civic Type R, Ford Focus RS and Hyundai i30N.

So, to find out which one of these ‘hyper’ hatches delivers maximum smiles-per-gallon, we’ve put them through our extensive testing regime. Read on to find out which one is for you.

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There are 4 trims available for the A-Class hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Entry-level SE trim gets you most of the basics, including (relatively small) 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and keyless start. We'd still recommend paying a bit extra for Spor...View trim
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Mid-rung Sport is our favourite trim. Over and above SE trim, you get more attractive 17in alloy wheels, more powerful LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and various styling enhancements. Co...View trim
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Range-topping AMG Line is tempting, but pushes the price into the territory of larger cars such as the Audi A4. For that reason, we’d stick with Sport trim and add the Executive package – and the P...View trim
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