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Mercedes-Benz AMG A35

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz AMG A35

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Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Fast on the straights and in corners, but curiously light on spice and engagement

Get your kick from going quick? Then this is an awesome thing. The engine bolts it forward with a vehemence that’s rare in hot-hatchery, and the grip, steering accuracy, traction, transmission and brakes entirely live up to the engine’s demands.

But beyond the sheer forces, stimulation is in surprisingly short supply. The steering’s numb, the cornering unwilling to go along with any dance invitations from the throttle. If the optional aerodynamics pack leads you to think it’s a lairy little badass, we’re here to disabuse you.

But it has other talents. The cabin’s exquisitely crafted and you can pile it up with the kind of connectivity, displays and active driver aids a top-end limo owner would envy.

So it stands well above an A250, but there isn’t the drama of the old A45 (that’s what the new A45 will be for). Does that make it a goldilocks car, or is it stuck between stools? Depends what you’re looking for.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

Mercedes-Benz

A35 4Matic 5dr Auto

£35,010
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39mpg
4.70s
306bhp
167g/km
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