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The Mercedes-AMG A45 brings a whole new level of mad to the hot hatch concept. It’s based on the humble Mercedes A-Class, but it packs a mighty 376bhp, which means it’s more powerful than a base spec Porsche 911 Carrera. Yes, really.
With unflappable four-wheel-drive traction and a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox fitted as standard, this little pocket rocket from Stuttgart can get from 0 to 62mph in a scarcely believable 4.2 seconds. The only hot hatch that gets close is the equally ballistic Audi RS3.
However, unshakeable traction and point-to-point pace does not necessarily equate to a rewarding driving experience. And the Mercedes is also far more expensive than ‘lesser’ hot hatches like the brilliant Honda Civic Type R, Ford Focus RS and Hyundai i30N.
So, to find out which one of these ‘hyper’ hatches delivers maximum smiles-per-gallon, we’ve put them through our extensive testing regime. Read on to find out which one is for you.