This is the hottest of hot hatches, forged in fire with a two-litre engine that’s able to hold its own against tricked out supercars. Electric vehicles might be the future, but the petrol-guzzling Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is very much the now…
A hot hatchback with a 2.0-litre engine? You’ll find one in most city centre car parks on a Friday night, flaunting some tattoo decals, it’s hardly worthy of note. This is no normal mini muscle car, though: 265kW, zero to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds, all-wheel drive and a Mercedes-Benz badge on the bonnet. You’d better buckle up because the new A45 AMG is unlike any hot hatch you’ve ever seen.
On the road, the combination of over 260kW, all-wheel-drive handling and a paddle-shift gearbox in a compact, five-door package is devastatingly effective. The A45 AMG fizzes with potential; it’s actually more fun than BMW’s rear-drive M135i.
This miniature powerhouse is the product of a performance car industry in rude health. It’s taken all the tricks cooked up by the latest generation of eco-friendly motors and mixed them into a bona fide bad boy that can take on supercars without costing you the Earth in fuel bills. Hybrid vehicles have pioneered getting as much grunt out of a very small engine as possible, but Mercedes has applied that same thinking to a healthy 2.0-litre engine. The result is a combined kilometres per litre of 17 on the cruise.
We’ve touched on the mentalist turbo engine, the four-wheel drive and
the a45 amg is a condensed, fivedoor injection of pure adrenalin
robo‑controlled seven-speed gearbox, but that’s just the go-faster kit. Brace yourself for a barrage of actively controlled A-Class safety extras, too. There’s Attention Assist to make sure you stay alert at the wheel, Collision Prevention Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, Distronic Cruise Control, a blind spot warning system and even headlights that peer around corners for you. A rear camera and an active park-assist feature also take the stress out of swinging into tight spots. The tech continues inside, with the latest Mercedes COMAND system controlled via the seveninch touchscreen and your iPhone.
“Hot hatch as supercar killer” is one of those clichés that sounds catchy but doesn’t generally hold up in the real world. Until now. Believe us when we say that only the very latest and greatest supercars could keep up with this most mental of urban runarounds. It’s a heavily condensed injection of pure adrenalin in a motoring world turning green and well behaved. We welcome it. from $74,900, mercedes-benz.com.au