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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz AMG A45

Overall verdict
An immensely fast and capable car to drive. But Golf R remains better to drive.


Enormous ground covering ability, traction and power, faster gearbox


Still on the firm side, very expensive


What is it?

The new straight-line speed benchmark, so far as hot hatchbacks go. Noses out of joint at the upstart 362bhp Audi RS3, AMG has responded with a 376bhp A45, up from the hardly tardy 355bhp predecessor. Torque’s up 23lb ft to 350lb ft, and consequently the 0-62mph time is down 0.4secs to 4.2 seconds – a handy tenth faster than the RS3’s conservative claim. 

Merc also offers a locking front differential, adaptive suspension and an even sillier sports exhaust system this time around.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
4.7s 167g/km 38.7 306 £35,010
The cheapest
A180 SE 5dr
9.2s 127g/km 51.4 136 £22,855
The greenest
A180d SE 5dr Auto
10.5s 108g/km 68.9 116 £25,805
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