Mercedes A35 AMG review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 infotainment
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 front tracking shot
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 rear tracking shot
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 RHD interior
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 rear seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 infotainment
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 front tracking shot
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 rear tracking shot
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 RHD interior
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 rear seats
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 infotainment
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The A35 is a lot pricier than our favourite hot hatch, the Civic Type R, although you do get a reasonable roster of luxuries as standard. Leather seats (heated in the front), climate control, privacy glass and keyless start are all included.

However, by the time you’ve added metallic paint and one of the equipment packs, you'll be paying a five-figure sum that starts with a four for your A35. We’d just stick with the Premium Pack so you get the pair of 10.25in screens we mentioned earlier, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded stereo and a central rear armrest.

Overview

The A35 AMG is seriously fast and grippy, both in hatchback and saloon forms. It isn't especially exciting to drive, though, and there's a lot of road noise on the motorway.

  • Rapid acceleration
  • Great traction, even in inclement conditions
  • Reasonably comfortable
  • Rivals are more rewarding
  • Engine sounds a bit tuneless
  • Too much road noise
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