MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS AMG HATCHBACK A35 4Matic Premium 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2191 g/km

With all-wheel drive and a potent 306hp power output, the AMG-engineered A 35 4MATIC hot hatch will give its brand a stronger presence in the core part of the hot hatch segment. If you want a very quick hatchback that can do almost everything, is this where you should start your search?

THE A35 - A MORE DIRECT ROUTE

The A 35 is now the entry-level model from Mercedes-AMG. Jonathan Crouch reports on this enticing hot hatch.

Ten Second Review

With all-wheel drive and a potent 306hp power output, the AMG-engineered A 35 4MATIC hot hatch will give its brand a stronger presence in the core part of the hot hatch segment. If you want a very quick hatchback that can do almost everything, is this where you should start your search?

Background

Mercedes became credible in the hot hatch segment back in 2013 when it announced the AMG-engineered A 45 4MATIC, offered first with 355hp, then later with 381hp. The only problem was that in terms of power and price, this car sat rather above the core part of the hot hatch segment, the faster part of which is represented by cars like the Audi S3, the Volkswagen Golf R and the Honda Civic Type-R, all of which campaign with around 310-320hp. When the fourth generation A-Class model was launched in the Spring of 2018, Mercedes decided it would offer a broader-based offering to hot hatch buyers. The A 45 would be retained (with over 400hp) for folk in search of a super hatch, but core sales would be garnered by a new derivative - the one we're going to look at here, the 306hp A 35 4MATIC.

Driving Experience

Of course, there will be some who accuse Mercedes of little originality. A small, expensive, German hatch that directs over 300bhp through all four wheels is, to many, an Audi S3 or a VW Golf R. That may well be the case, but if there's one thing that Mercedes has discovered in its competition with its German premium brand neighbours, it's that there's usually space in any given market for several manufacturers, as they all have different buyer profiles. This A 35 is a niche sell for sure, but that's only because of its price. Any petrolhead worth their salt would want to get behind the wheel of this one. It's technically intriguing. The engine seems to be a slightly re-fettled version of the four-cylinder powerplant that's found in the humbler A250 model, but much has been changed to reliably achieve that 306hp power output and 400Nm of torque. Power goes to all four wheels via a 7G-DCT 7-speed automatic transmission and the A 35 can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds (about the same as the original version of the A 45 could manage). Buyers get much the same 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system as you'd find in the AMG-GT sportscar, with "Comfort", "Sport", "Sport +" and "Individual" settings. The AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system directs up to 50 per cent of torque to the rear wheel to ensure a playful bias to the car's handling and guarantees a rapid getaway.

Design and Build

All the key elements of premium Mercedes hot hatch design are in evidence here - there's also a saloon variant on offer too. With both versions, distinguishing features at the front include a radiator grille with twin louvres, an AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes and a front splitter and silver chrome trims on the louvres in the outer air intakes. From the side, you'll notice aerodynamically optimised 18-inch light-alloy wheels in a twin-spoke design and special AMG Line side sill panels. The back view is dominated by a rear apron with a sporty diffuser insert, the spoiler lip on the roof and the two round tailpipe trims. Inside, there are seat covers in Artico man-made leather with Dinamica microfibre in black, red contrasting stitching and red belts. Red piping on the microfibre Dinamica trim element and ventilation nozzles with a red ring add further accents. Like lesser new-generation A-Class models, this one features the MBUX multimedia system. Smart centre-dash infotainment screen presentations underline the clear control structure and feature brilliant maximum-resolution 3D graphics. And this display blends into that for the Widescreen Cockpit screen that replaces conventional instrument dials. For the dials, you can select a 'Supersport mode' with a central, round rev counter and additional information presented in the form of bars to the left and right of the rev counter.

Market and Model

There's a choice of hatch or saloon body shapes and A 35 4MATIC prices start at just over £35,500, so it's much more accessible than the old (or new) A 45 models. But most likely buyers will probably want to spend more. The optional 'AMG Executive equipment line' package adds a 10.25-inch media display, heated front seats, a parking package including Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, a leather package and a mirror package including electrically folding exterior mirrors and automatically-dimming driver's side mirror and rear-view mirror. The 'AMG Premium equipment line' package builds on this with a 10.25-inch instrument cluster, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, illuminated door sills, keyless entry, a mid-range sound system and a rear armrest. Push your spend up towards £40,000 and you can have you're A 35 with the 'AMG Premium Plus equipment line' package which, in addition to the pack features just mentioned, adds a Burmester surround sound system, electrically-adjustable front memory seats, a Panoramic glass sunroof and Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus. Go for one of these packages and you'll also be offered an optional 'Driving Assistance package' of camera-driven safety equipment, including Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Braking Assist with a cross-traffic function, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane-change Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, Active Steering Asist, Evasive Steering Assist, Pre-Safe Plus and route-based speed adjustment.

Cost of Ownership

You might need to keep some self-control when faced with the options list if you're not to put the kibosh on residual values. BMW and Audi have both realised that their super high performance smaller cars tend to be in big demand on the used markets, despite being relatively expensive to run in terms of fuel and other consumables. Mercedes claims an average fuel economy figure of 38.7mpg for the A 35. Clearly this figure will head south if you use the throttle pedal as intended, but it's hard to argue with the 167g/km emissions figure. Insurance cover may well be a different matter. What else? Well, we'll tell you that the comprehensive three year warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash.

Summary

The A 35 represents such an obvious product development that you wonder why Mercedes didn't introduce such a car into the previous generation A-Class range. Take everything that's great about the top A 45 model, then make it a little more accessible, both in terms of power and price. The result is a car which really can furnish the brand with a platform to go stalking the likes of Volkswagen, BMW and Audi. Everything's been beautifully engineered, from the AMG 4MATIC four-wheel drive system to the seven-speed twin-clutch gear change and the fiendishly clever multi-mode ESP stability control system: it all combines to offer the driver time and space to act. This is automotive evolution happening before us, the distillation of everything Mercedes knows about performance cars into one small package. It's all there. The hand-built AMG engine, the manic performance balanced with class-leading safety systems. An interior that looks as if you've spent over £50,000 on your car. All-weather ability that leaves the rest standing. If you want what is arguably the most consummately-engineered hot hatch in the volume part of the segment and can afford this one, then you have to consider it.

  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass
  • 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings

  • Perforated front brake discs
  • Front brake calipers with AMG lettering
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Anti lock brake system with Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program with Anti Skid Control
  • Electronic parking brake

  • Floor mats with stitched edging and AMG lettering

  • AMG performance suspension

  • Wireless charging
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link

  • DYNAMIC SELECT with driving programs (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • 180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines
  • Ultrasonic sensors positioned in the front and rear bumpers
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • Active parking assist with visual and audible warning of detected obstacles
  • Direct steering
  • Attention assist
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • Car wash mode
  • ECO start/stop function

  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • Owners manual in English
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • 10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
  • 10.25" media display
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance

  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators

  • Light aluminium with longitudinal grain interior trim

  • DAB Digital radio
  • 10 speakers
  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • Mercedes-Benz advanced sound system - 225W

  • Radio aerial
  • Window line trim strip in high gloss black
  • Front wings wheel arches with TURBO 4MATIC lettering
  • AMG spoiler lip on roof
  • AMG bodystyling - Front apron with splitter in chrome, rear apron with chrome trim and chrome visible trim elements in tailpipe
  • Trim elements on louvres in outer air inlets in silver chrome
  • AMG Sports exhaust system with two round tailpipes attached in rear apron
  • AMG Front apron with flics as air deflector elements on the outer air intakes
  • AMG Rear apron with specific diffuser look with four vertical fins and two round chrome plated tailpipe trim elements with a diameter of 90 mm
  • AMG radiator grille with twin blade lamella and AMG Lettering
  • Wider wheel arches for AMG wheels
  • Black weather strip
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour side skirt
  • High gloss black beltline

  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED third brake light
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation

  • Black air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control

  • Controller on centre console with chrome surround
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather
  • Black roof lining
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Front seat backs luggage nets
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Silver coloured aluminium gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Illuminated front door sills with changeable cover
  • Interior mirror with reading lamps in black and frameless

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

  • Mirror package - A Class
  • Light and sight pack - A Class
  • Seat comfort pack - A Class
  • AMG night pack - A Class

  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Black seatbelts
  • Window airbags
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Active bonnet
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags

  • Sports seats with integrated headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • Manual height adjustable front seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear head restraints
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • ISOFIX and top tether child seat fixing points in two outer rear seats

  • Urban guard vehicle protection system with immobiliser and interior protection
  • Keyless entry lock/unlock
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Keyless Go
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

  • Rear axle multi-link

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres

  • 19" AMG multi-spoke high gloss black painted light alloy wheels with high sheen finish

  • Tirefit sealant kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 70
  • CO: 0.323
  • HC: 0.021
  • NOx: 0.015
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 191
  • CO2 (g/km): 169
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 1991

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 29.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 45.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 24.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 34.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 33.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 11.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.4

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 37E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 92
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 306
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Premium
  • Coin Description: 4Matic
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 225
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 306
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.7
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/35 R19
  • Wheel Style: AMG MULTI SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 1992
  • Height: 1405
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4436
  • Width: 1796
  • Wheelbase: 2729

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1580
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2070
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 370
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 490
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1210
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.54

  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £595
  • Designo Magno Paint: £1,795
  • Designo metallic paint: £795

  • Leather pack - A Class: Included
  • AMG Leather pack - A Class: £0

  • Metallic - Digital white: £595
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595
  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £595

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo Magno - Mountain grey: £1,795
  • Special solid - Sun yellow: £595
  • Designo metallic - Patagonia red: £795

  • Leather pack - Bahia brown with contrast stitching on door panel beltline and dashboard: £0
  • Leather pack - Black with contrast stitching on door panel beltline and dashboard: £0
  • AMG Leather pack - Two tone leather - Classic red/black with contrast stitching on door panel beltline and dashboard: £0
  • AMG Leather pack - Two tone leather - Titanium grey pearl/black with contrast stitching on door panel beltline and dashboard: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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