Prices, specs and rivals
The A45 range begins at a not-insignificant £39,995, or £41,890 in 'Premium' trim. Its closest rival, on paper, the Audi RS3 costs £40,795.
However, the A45 has plenty of other, much cheaper, competition. The sublime, but now ubiquitous, VW Golf R is more fun, more engaging and £8,875 cheaper at £31,120. Ford’s latest Focus RS offers more power than the Golf an even more thrilling drive, and it’s cheaper still at £29,995.
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If four-wheel drive isn’t necessary, BMW’s M135i rear wheel drive chassis offers and, arguably, more predictably handling. It’s priced on a par with the Golf at £31,200.
Given its performance figures, the A45 represents good value. But, more fun can be had for a lot less.