Mercedes-AMG A45 review - is AMG's hot hatch capable of bringing the fight to the Focus RS? - Interior and tech

Incredible performance and grip, but lacking the involvement and fun that a great hot hatch requires

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from £39,995
  • Blisteringly quick
  • Not quite as rewarding as less powerful and cheaper rivals

Interior and tech

The A45’s interior is confusing. There are elements that work brilliantly, while other parts seem ill considered.

The trim that remains from the standard A Class feels cheap and doesn’t befit a £40,000 AMG. The dash is covered in a thin, black vinyl embossed with a pattern that resembles carbon fibre and the vents are surrounded by shiny red plastic. Neither look very good and both belittle the A45’s actual performance credentials.

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The rest of the interior, however, is far better. The steering wheel has Alcantara placed at 3 and 9 o’clock, right where your hands go. The switchgear is made from aluminum, and each icon has been has been cut out; they look great and feel solid. The seats are shared with other AMG models and brilliantly supportive, while also looking exceptional.

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