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

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

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


In standard exterior trim, the A45 AMG could almost be described as understated, with little more than sculpted bumpers and side skirts to reveal its intentions. But hand over an extra £1530 for the AMG Aerodynamic Package and Mercedes will add a certain amount of laryness to your car with the addition of a bold rear wing, a diffuser and carbon fibre winglets up front.

The A45 AMG sits on 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels as standard. Although, 19-inch wheels are available as an option. Normally we’d be tempted towards the smaller rims in order to salvage some comfort, but the minuscule difference in ride quality and more aggressive stance of the 19s make them a worthwhile upgrade.

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