Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG review – furiously fast, but frustratingly, not much fun (2015 - 2018) - Interior and tech

Dramatic performance and plenty of grip for AMG's smallest offering, but you can find more fun for less money elsewhere

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from £41,830
  • Blisteringly quick everywhere
  • Not as rewarding as some slower rivals

Interior and tech

The scratchy plastics around the transmission tunnel let you know the A45 is based on one of Mercedes’ cheapest models. The black vinyl material embossed with a carbonfibre pattern that covers the dash and air vents surrounded by shiny red plastic attempt to create a sporty atmosphere, but instead look and feel cheap.

Thankfully, the aluminium switchgear with cutout icons are far more premium and add some much needed Mercedes quality. The seats, shared with other AMG models, are supportive and look brilliant. They are firm, which might add to the A45’s less than comfortable ride, but help create a great driving position.

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The steering wheel, seats and switches almost make up for the ill-judged splashes of red and faux carbonfibre.

It's well worth spending an extra £570 on an Alcantara and Nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel like that of larger AMG products, which really lifts the cabin ambience. AMG’s instruments are clear and legible too, while the typical Mercedes transmission stalk makes way for a sculpted, Affalterbach-embossed lever in a more traditional location.

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