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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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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

The A45 has five doors as standard, so there are certainly less practical hot hatches. However, if you’re approaching six feet tall you won’t relish a long journey in the back, as the sloping roofline eats into head room. The rival M135i and Golf R are both roomier in the rear.

With the rear seats in place, the A45’s boot is smaller than a Golf’s, too. It’s relatively wide, but is shorter and shallower than most of its direct competitors’. There’s also a big lip at the entrance, which makes it awkward to lift heavy items in and out, and the boot opening is also quite narrow.

Some rivals, including the Golf, offer clever, double-layered floors to provide greater flexibility, but in the Mercedes what you see is what you get. At least anyone sitting in the front is unlikely to complain about feeling cramped.

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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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