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.