Mercedes A45 AMG review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes A45 AMG 2021 infotainment
  • 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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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Mercedes-AMG A45 S is the most expensive hot hatch you can buy, costing many, many thousands of pounds more than a BMW M135i or Honda Civic Type R. Make no mistake, this is a seriously pricey A Class.

Although it’s unlikely you’d run one as a company car, it's worth noting that the A45’s CO2 emissions of 189g/km put it in the top 37% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket. However, its official 32mpg economy figure isn’t bad for a car this fast, although don't expect to get anywhere near that unless you drive like a vicar.

Overview

Make no mistake, the A45 AMG is more than just a one-trick pony. Not only is it incredibly rapid in a straight line, it’s also agile and entertaining through the corners, too. It's very pricey, though.

  • Savage acceleration
  • Immense grip
  • Quick-shifting automatic gearbox
  • Very expensive
  • So-so interior quality
  • Some less capable rivals are even more fun
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