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Mercedes Benz A CLASS AMG HATCHBACK A35 4Matic 5dr Auto

Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
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Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A35 4Matic 5dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG38.70
  • 0-62mph4.7 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02167 g/km
  • BHP306
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D34%

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?

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

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.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
4 Electric Front and Rear windows
Adaptive brake lights
AMG front, rear apron and side skirts
AMG radiator grille with twin louvre
Blue tinted glass
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour side skirt
Body coloured door mirrors
Chrome beltline
Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
LED tail lamp
LED third brake light
Privacy glass
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear fog lights
Rear wiper
Two round tailpipes attached to rear apron
Wider wheel arches for AMG wheels
Safety
Red seat belts
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
ABS with Brake Assist
Active bonnet
Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
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
Drivers knee airbag
Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Electronic parking brake
ESP curve dynamic assist
ESP with ASR
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
Perforated front brake discs
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags
Technical
AMG performance suspension
Wheels
18" AMG 5 twin spoke design bicolour alloy wheels
Summer tyres
Tirefit sealant kit
Driver Convenience
180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines
7" colour screen in instrument panel
7" touchscreen media display
Active lane keep assist
Attention assist
Brake pad wear indicator warning light
Cruise control + speed limiter
Direct steering
DYNAMIC SELECT with driving programs (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
ECO start/stop function
Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
Hard-disk navigation
Hey Mercedes Voice activation
Lamp failure indicator
Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
Outside temperature gauge
Radio aerial integrated into roof spoiler
Service indicator (ASSYST)
Speed sensitive power steering
Trip computer
Entertainment
DAB Digital radio
Dual bluetooth interface, 2 USB ports (type C)
MBUX multimedia system
Interior Features
12V socket
40/20/40 split folding rear seats
Air vents surround and cruciform nozzle in silver chrome
AMG floor mats with red stitching
AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather
Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Black roof lining
Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
Controller on centre console with chrome surround
Cup holder and stowage compartment lighting
Freight packaging without tie-down hooks
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
Front doors with ambient and signal light
Front footwell lights
Front reading lamps in left and right console downlighter
Front seat backs luggage nets
Front seat cushion length adjustment
Front signal exit lamp
Front vanity lights
Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
Handle recess/closing light
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated glove compartment stowage
ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
Luggage compartment cover
Manual height adjustable front seats
Oddments tray lighting
Rear head restraints
Rear Reading Lamps
Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
Spectacles compartment for driver
Sports seats with integrated headrests
Storage compartment under load area floor
Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
touchpad
Touchpad illumination
Twin front cupholders
Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control
Packs
Light and sight pack - A Class
Seat comfort pack - A Class
Security
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Keyless Go
Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Trim
Light aluminium with longitudinal grain interior trim
Emissions - ICE
CO 0
CO2 (g/km) 167
HC 0
HC+NOx 0
Noise Level dB(A) 70
NOx 0
Particles 0
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 190
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 179
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1991
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 92
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 38.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 46.3
EC Urban (mpg) 30.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 11.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 7.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb 35.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 35.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 36.2
WLTP - MPG - High 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 24.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium 36.2
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 306
Coin Description 4Matic
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 37E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 91
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 92
NCAP Safety Assist % 75
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 12500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 4.7
Engine Power - BHP 306
Engine Power - KW 225
Engine Power - RPM 5800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Engine Torque - RPM 3000
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1405
Length 4436
Wheelbase 2729
Width 1797
Width (including mirrors) 1992
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 51
Gross Vehicle Weight 2055
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1210
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 370
Max. Loading Weight 500
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1555
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.54

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £468.99 p/m £20.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £511.99 p/m £42.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £547.99 p/m £77.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £385.99 p/m £41.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £432.99 p/m £58.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £475.99 p/m £93.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £360.99 p/m £40.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £405.99 p/m £71.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £441.99 p/m £99.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £561.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £613.99 p/m £50.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £657.99 p/m £92.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £461.99 p/m £49.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £518.99 p/m £70.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £570.99 p/m £112.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £433.99 p/m £49.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £486.99 p/m £85.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £530.99 p/m £119.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Designo Magno Paint £1,795.00
Metallic paint £595.00
Packs
Advanced smartphone package - A Class £395.00
AMG night package - A Class £1,295.00
AMG style pack - A Class AMG A35 4Matic £2,295.00
Paintwork
Designo Magno - Mountain grey £1,795.00
Metallic - Cosmos Black £595.00
Metallic - Denim blue £595.00
Metallic - Digital white £595.00
Metallic - Iridium silver £595.00
Metallic - Mojave silver £595.00
Metallic - Mountain grey £595.00
Solid - Jupiter Red FOC
Solid - Polar white FOC
Solid - Sun yellow FOC
Safety
Black seatbelts FOC
Technical
Suspension with adaptive damping system £695.00
Trim
Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica - Black with red stitching FOC
* option prices shown are estimated