MERCEDES-BENZ

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

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2184 g/km

This A 35 4MATIC Saloon represents one of the most affordable routes into Mercedes-AMG ownership and is engineered first and foremost for driving enjoyment. Here, we check out the Saloon alternative to the usual hatch body style. As with that variant, with 306hp, 4WD and potentially the classiest cabin in the segment, there's a lot of promise here.

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The A 35 4MATIC is the entry-level model from Mercedes-AMG. Here's the Saloon version. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

This A 35 4MATIC Saloon represents one of the most affordable routes into Mercedes-AMG ownership and is engineered first and foremost for driving enjoyment. Here, we check out the Saloon alternative to the usual hatch body style. As with that variant, with 306hp, 4WD and potentially the classiest cabin in the segment, there's a lot of promise here.

Background

'A35' is a moniker that clearly doesn't mean much to Mercedes but in our market, it evokes memories amongst older car enthusiasts of the old Austin model of the Fifties and Sixties, the van version of which was immortalised by Wallace and Gromit. The 1976 F1 World Champion James Hunt had one and reckoned it was more fun to drive than his company Mercedes. But would he have felt the same way if the Stuttgart brand had given him something like this? After all, who could resist this combination of power, traction and quality? The A 35 is the sporting A-Class model you'd buy if you'd decided that the 218hp front-driven A 250 AMG variant wasn't quite enough. And you'd reasoned that the top A 45 Mercedes-AMG model (which offers either 387 or 421hp) was just that little bit too much. Look at it like that and it does seem as if this A 35 might hit something of a small sports saloon sweet spot.

Driving Experience

So here we are with yet another compact car offering 4WD and a turbo engine putting out around 300hp. It's such a familiar recipe isn't it, but this is a popular sweet spot in the shopping rocket market that Mercedes has never properly addressed. The brand claims that the A 35 is much more than just a warmed-up version of a company rep's A250. True, it does share the same basic 'M260'-series 2.0-litre engine as an A250 but to that unit, the Affalterbach engineers have added a twin scroll turbocharger that boosts power to 306hp and enables 62mph from rest to be reached in just 4.7s on the way to a top speed that has to be artificially limited to 155mph. For sharp handling, the Mercedes-AMG brand has here installed a faster-reacting 4MATIC AWD system, bolted on sticky Pirelli P-Zero tyres, added in a clever 'AMG DYNAMICS' torque vectoring system for extra cornering stability and made the body and platform of this car far more torsionally rigid. Plus it's included a quicker-shifting SPEEDSHIFT DCT' 7-speed paddle shift auto gearbox set-up featuring more urgent control software and case-hardening for the first three ratios to allow for tyre-smoking starts that'll be aided by a 'RACE START' launch control mode. To get the most from it all, you'll want to play with the various settings of the 'AMG DYNAMIC SELECT' drive mode system.

Design and Build

This four-door saloon is based on a wheelbase of 2,729 millimetres and displays the powerful proportions of a dynamic, and at the same time, compact sedan with sporty short overhangs at the front and rear. The radiator grille with twin louvres; the AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes; a front splitter; and silver chrome trim elements are distinguishing AMG design features. In the side view, the aerodynamically optimised 18-inch light-alloy wheels in five twin-spoke design and the side sill panels of the AMG Line catch the eye. The two-part tail lamps and the smart diffuser insert underscore the rear end and emphasise the width. Additionally, there's a spoiler lip on the boot lid and two round tailpipe trims are positioned on the extreme left and right. The customer can choose between three AMG display styles for the instrument cluster. The Supersport mode is particularly striking with a central, round rev counter and additional information presented in the form of bars to the left and right of the rev counter. Obviously, this saloon variant differs from the hatch A 35 variant more in the rear. The roofline isn't so swept back as to limit headroom, while the wide-opening doors allow easy access. Mercedes claims there's class-leading headroom in the back. It'll still be tight for three adults though. The boot, which offers 420-litres of space, is 50-litres bigger than that of the hatch, though has a narrower opening.

Market and Model

The A 35 4MATIC Saloon prices at around £36,500, around £500 more than the hatch version, so it's much more accessible than the faster A 45 model. 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

We should mention that the saloon version of this A 35 is fractionally more frugal and cleaner than the alternative hatch variant, even though the sedan is 15kgs heavier; work that one out. The A 35 Saloon manages up to 36.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and between 164 and 167g/km of CO2. As you'd expect, these figures place the A 35 model series mid-way between its two A-Class hot hatch stablemates. An A250 manages up to 41.5mpg and 139g/km, while the top A 45 AMG model delivers 34.0mpg and 189g/km of CO2. So what's been done with the engineering of this car to promote running cost efficiency? Well, Mercedes says that the 2.0-litre engine's twin scroll technology reduces exhaust gas back pressure, thereby improving gas exchange and engine efficiency. Other engineering measures that help in this regard include CAMTRONIC variable valve control, intelligent thermal engine management, high-precision piezo injectors, multi-spark ignition and patented 'CONICSHAPE' cylinder honing that reduces internal engine friction. Unlike an A250, the A 35's 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving mode system doesn't feature a frugal 'Eco' setting but if you keep this car in its 'Comfort' mode, the auto gearbox will upshift itself earlier to promote frugality. Plus in the 'Comfort' and 'Slippery' modes, an ECO start/stop system will be activated to cut the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights.

Summary

There's lots to appreciate here. We like the fact that you can choose either a subtle or an overtly sporty look; obvious rivals usually restrict you to either one or the other. And the A 35 comes with a couple of things that'll really sell this car to you in the showroom and on the test drive; the most sophisticated cabin in the sector and a sports exhaust with aural fireworks that could give a trip to the dry cleaners something of the feel of a lap of Silverstone. Which compensates somewhat for the rather over-firm ride and pricing which might cause something of a sharp intake of breath, once you've specced this car up as most buyers would want. In summary, if you want a really quick small saloon that's a bit less straight-laced than the usual premium badged offerings in this segment, then you'll probably like the A 35 a lot. It's a Mercedes. And it's a lot of the things a car like this should really be. For us, that's an appealing combination.

  • 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

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

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

  • Car wash mode
  • ECO start/stop function

  • 10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
  • 10.25" media display
  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Owners manual in English
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • 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
  • 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
  • Window line trim strip in high gloss black
  • Front wings wheel arches with TURBO 4MATIC lettering
  • 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
  • AMG Sports exhaust system with two round tailpipes attached in rear apron
  • Wider wheel arches for AMG wheels
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour side skirt
  • High gloss black beltline
  • Black weather strip

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

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

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

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

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

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

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

  • Keyless Go
  • Keyless entry lock/unlock
  • Urban guard vehicle protection system with immobiliser and interior protection
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • 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: 184
  • CO2 (g/km): 167
  • 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): 30.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 46.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 24.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 11.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.1

  • 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): 4.8
  • 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: 1411
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4559
  • Width: 1796
  • Wheelbase: 2729

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1590
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2080
  • 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

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic 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 - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £595
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo Magno - Mountain grey: £1,795
  • 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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