Mercedes A35 AMG review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Performance & drive

Mercedes-AMG A35 2019 rear tracking shot
  • 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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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

If 302bhp in a relatively small car sounds like a potent combination, that's because it is. Even on cold, wet roads, the A35’s claimed 0-62mph time of just 4.7sec (4.8sec in the saloon) never feels in doubt. Put your foot down and the A35 simply digs in and goes, its four-wheel drive system transferring all of the engine's power to the road without a hint of wheelspin.

With its neutral, predictable cornering balance and superb body control, the A35 AMG is a car that can cover ground extremely rapidly, regardless of what the weather is doing. But in terms of pure thrills, you’d get far more from the cheaper Honda Civic Type R. In short, that car puts you in the centre of the action, whereas the A35 feels a bit more remote, never fully involving you in the process of driving – even compared to the BMW M135i. The slightly numb steering is largely to blame.