Mercedes A45 AMG versus VW Golf R
There are great B-roads the breadth of Britain. So we’re using the new VW Golf R and Merc A45 AMG to investigate some of them...
Posted: 16 May 2014
The Merc requires more trust because it’s less instantly reactive. Here, it’s all about controlling the nose, keeping the weight on under braking, getting on the power early (both really relish a bit of left-foot braking, right-foot throttle if you’re up for it – the Merc’s stoppers are less grabby, too), surfing the wave of torque. The Merc’s nose is more supple – there’s a bit of roll there, a hint of softness and delay, which is great for absorbency on bumpy roads, but means it doesn’t pick out a line as cleanly as the R or dive into corners with quite the same alacrity.
But the A45 also has brilliant seats to go with that coupe driving environment and, perhaps more fundamentally, a naughtier vibe about it. While the Golf is Peter Perfect, the A45 is Taz the Tasmanian Devil, a roaring, yelping, spinning nutjob that you hang on to, knowing you’re going to have a good time.