New Mercedes-AMG A35 vs BMW M140i

Mercedes-AMG’s new entry-level A35 isn’t as extreme as some hot hatches, but still promises to give BMW’s M140i a run for its money...

BMW M140i rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

You won’t feel cramped in the front of the A35, but the M140i has a fraction more leg room. Head room is also decent and similar in both – despite our A35 test car being fitted with a space-reducing panoramic glass roof, courtesy of the optional AMG Premium Equipment Plus Line Pack (£3895). 

Mercedes-AMG A35 rear seats

If you’re more than six feet tall, you’ll find rear head room marginal in the A35, but you’d still choose it over the M140i. For starters, our M140i test car is a three-door, so getting in and out of the back is much trickier than it is in the A35. You can buy a five-door M140i, but it’s still tighter on leg room and less able to manage three adults sitting side by side. 

There isn’t much in it for boot space. Both can swallow five carry-on suitcases, but the A35’s boot is a little wider at its broadest points. It also comes with flexible 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, which you get on the M140i only if you pay £175 extra. Otherwise, you have to make do with a 60/40 arrangement. 

BMW M140i boot

Front leg room is a strong point, and there’s enough head room to ensure that even taller folk will be fine. Tight rear leg room and three-door layout aren’t ideal for rear passengers; 40/20/40 split rear seats are a £175 option.

Boot 360-1200 litres  Suitcases 5

Mercedes-AMG A35

Mercedes-AMG A35 boot

Even with optional panoramic roof fitted, front head room is good; leg room almost matches M140i’s. There’s more rear leg room and the wider rear bench is better for three. Boots are similar, but the A35’s is wider at its extremities.

Boot 370-1210 litres  Suitcases 5

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