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Mercedes-AMG A45 review

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Mercedes-AMG A45
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27 May 2016 14:27 | Last updated: 12 Oct 2018 13:06

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

A great driving position is important in any car, but it’s even more crucial in a hot hatch. Fortunately, the A45 gets the basics right; the standard, figure-hugging sports seats hold you in position securely through corners and the steering wheel has plenty of up-and-down and in-and-out movement. The pedals are positioned slightly too far to the right, but not uncomfortably so.

A carbonfibre-effect dashboard comes as standard, as do red vent surrounds and stitching, which all help to brighten up the otherwise grey dashboard. Interior quality is a little disappointing given the high price, though – the cheaper Audi S3 is much classier inside.

Like every A-Class, the A45 has a fixed iPad-style display in the centre of its dashboard. The system is actually controlled using a rotary dial positioned between the front seats, rather than pressing the screen, and sat-nav and a DAB radio are included in the price. It’s just a shame the on-screen menus are a bit confusing.

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SE
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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Sport
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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AMG Line
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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