Mercedes A45 AMG review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Interior

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RRP £50,595What Car? Target Price from£48,655

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

In addition to the A-Class’s already visually striking interior, the A45 AMG gets plenty of racy touches such as a pair of AMG sports seats, an AMG flat-bottomed steering wheel with touchpad controls, and AMG-specific graphics for the digital instruments, which include a Supersport mode with a large central rev counter. 

The driver’s seat has plenty of adjustment and, in combination with a steering wheel that offers decent amounts of reach and rake adjustment, allows drivers of all sizes to find a comfy posture. If you want electric seat adjustment, you'll need to go for the Plus version.

The A45 AMG also adds a bundle of bespoke AMG software to the car’s MBUX infotainment system. This can show engine and gearbox oil temperatures, engine output, record lap times and even has a G meter to show handling and acceleration forces. It can also log eighty separate feeds of data so you can analyse your on-track performance. It’s something we doubt any buyers will actually use more than once, and, like having a dive watch that's rated to 200m, it’s more about bragging rights than anything else.

To display this array of information, the A45 has twin 10.3in screens – one behind the steering wheel instead of traditional instrument dials, with a touchscreen to its left. Both have sharp graphics and the ‘virtual’ instruments are highly configurable yet remain easy to read at all times. You adjust them by using a small touchpad on the right of the steering wheel; this is a bit fiddly at first but is something you do get used to.

As for the infotainment system, it can be controlled either by pressing the central touchscreen, swiping a laptop-style touchpad between the seats or using another small pad on the left of the steering wheel. It’s a good system with logical menus, if not as intuitive as the iDrive system in the cheaper BMW M135i

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