Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
To put it simply, the A45 AMG is just as practical as any other Mercedes A Class. That means plenty of space up front for a couple of 6ft-plus adults – especially if you avoid the head room-stealing sunroof that comes on Plus versions – and decent oddment storage, too.
A couple of tall mates will fit in the back, but can expect to find their knees close to the front seatbacks and their heads near the roof. Still, the Audi RS3 isn’t much better. If you want a hot hatch and need to carry adults in the rear regularly, the generous rear leg room of the Civic Type R makes it a better bet, although it isn’t quite as fast.
There’s nothing spectacular about the boot of the A45, although it’s spacious enough for a big weekly shop or a week away for two. In fact, when we did our suitcase boot test, the A Class and Audi A3 tied on six carry-on suitcases each (the BMW 1 Series managed five), although it was less of a squeeze to get them in the Audi.
The lip at the boot entrance is a bit annoying; its presence means you have to heave heavy items over it rather than simply sliding them in or out. More annoyingly, there’s no height-adjustable boot floor on the options list, either.
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