Mercedes A45 AMG review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 front right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 front right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 rear cornering
  • Mercedes A45 AMG 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes A45 AMG 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Mercedes A45 AMG 2021 infotainment
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 front static
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 rear static
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 rear detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes A45 AMG 2020 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior driver display
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 2019 boot open
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 front right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 rear cornering
  • Mercedes A45 AMG 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes A45 AMG 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Mercedes A45 AMG 2021 infotainment
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 front static
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 rear static
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 rear detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes A45 AMG 2020 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior driver display
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes-AMG A45 2019 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 into 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.

Mercedes has its sights set a little higher than to match a mere Ford, though. In fact, there’s really only one car 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 if a premium badge is a must. If it isn’t, we’d certainly add a Honda Civic Type R to your list of hot hatches to try.

So, is the Mercedes-AMG A45 S 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
New car deals
Target Price from £51,235
or from £486pm
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Leasing deals
From £564pm
RRP price range £51,235 - £57,235
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 - 31.7
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £475 / £4,132
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £950 / £8,264
Available colours