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Mercedes Hot Hatch


It isn’t often you see the words Mercedes and hot hatch in the same sentence is it? Certainly there are powerful Mercs but not in the sense of a small car with big ambitions; yet here we are – a £36,000 pocket rocket from this prestige brand. It will be officially introduced at the Geneva Motor Show after which buyers can begin the ordering process.

The new A45 AMG from the company’s tuning arm will do the traffic light sprint in 4.6 seconds which means, for example, that you would still be alongside a Porsche Carrera GTS at 62mph. Most of Mercedes performance cars use the big V8 or V12 engines but in line with current thinking this good looking vehicle makes do with just 4 cylinders in a turbo-charged two litre power plant. Nevertheless 355bhp is on offer which, according to the makers, makes this the most powerful four pot engine in the world.

The hand-built A45 also boasts four wheel drive and a dual-clutch seven speed auto ‘box and for the sensual pleasure of performance noise, a tuned AMG exhaust is fitted to make up for the loss of that natural growl from a V8. Sports suspension as standard obviously and the usual array of specialist equipment like speed sensitive steering and ESP are all there to keep things on the straight and narrow. There’s even something called Curve Dynamic Assist which can brake wheels individually to counter under steer.

Even the hot hatch bling is tastefully done as you can see in the image. There’s a body kit, a rear diffuser and some attractive wheels to make the look match the performance; yet despite all this Mercedes reckon that a frugal 40mpg is on the cards. The VED won’t hurt your pocket too much either because only 161g/km of the nasty stuff is produced, which is excellent given the power of the car.

The German company haven’t neglected occupant comfort either. With a mix of AMG dynamism and Mercedes exclusivity the interior should suit discerning customers. Sports seats with contrasting stitching hold you snug. The multifunction steering wheel sports a pair of paddles and the centre console, Mercedes insist, sets new standards for appearance and quality.

As ever, there’s a host of extras including a must-have aero package that includes a rear aerofoil, a larger front splitter and additional ‘flics’ to the front apron. It seems highly likely that Mercedes are on to a winner with this car. It is well priced, has Porsche-like performance and looks the part. This car sets new standards for what we like to think of as a ‘hot hatch’ and, if nothing else, will make a choice addition to your fantasy garage.

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