Mercedes A45 AMG review

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Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The A45 AMG 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% 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.

Safety is one of the A45’s strong points: the A Class proved to be the best in its class in Euro NCAP’s 2018 safety tests. To help you avoid testing its crash-protection credentials, though, the A45 comes with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and driver attention monitoring as standard. Go for the Plus version and you'll also get blindspot monitoring.

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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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