Mercedes-AMG A45 S 2020 review - design

Almost as subtle as a regular A-class if you choose the right colour, and nearly as angry as an Integrale if you opt for the aero kit

Evo rating
  • Huge performance, engaging chassis, interior design
  • Expensive, A35 delivers a similar experience for less

To our eyes the latest A-class is more attractive than its predecessor, and that carries across to the A45. You’d probably not describe it as one of the all-time great hatchback shapes, but in its basic form it’s pleasingly simple, well-proportioned and has just the right air of aggression courtesy of the AMG-specific wheels, grille and lower spoilers.

The A45 S’s design differs from its lesser A-class siblings mostly from its pumped front wheel arches and wider 19-inch alloy wheels. In isolation the effect might appear subtle, but sit an A45 next to an A35 and the differences are more striking.

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You can pump everything up further in Plus form with AMG’s aero kit, which adds a larger rear wing and front canards and forged alloy wheels, and opting for the Sun Yellow paint of our evo Car of the Year 2019 contender is a surefire way to shine a spotlight on the styling – though keep to a subdued colour and avoid the aero pack, and the A45 can be rendered incredibly subtle for a car making 415bhp.

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