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Mercedes Benz A CLASS HATCHBACK A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto

Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
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Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto
Mercedes Benz A CLASS A200 AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG52.30
  • 0-62mph7.8 secs
  • Top Speed139 mph
  • C02126 g/km
  • BHP156
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

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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Driver Convenience
Garmin Map pilot navigation system with SD Card
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
Speedtronic cruise control
8" colour display screen
Attention assist
Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Bulb failure indicator
Collision prevention assist plus
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
External temperature gauge
Low fluid warning light
Park assist pilot with front and rear park assist
Reversing camera
Service indicator (ASSYST PLUS)
Speed dependent sports steering system
Trip computer
Voice control system
Entertainment
6 speakers
Media interface
Mercedes Audio 20 radio/single CD + telephone keypad
USB port
Exterior Features
Body coloured door mirrors
Chrome beltline
Solid paint
Adaptive brake lights
AMG body styling
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour side skirt
Daytime running lights
Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and silver louvre + chrome insert
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Headlamp assist
Heated rear window with timer
LED tail lights
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear wiper
Twin Trapezoidal tailpipes
Interior Features
AMG floor mats with red stitching
Artico man-made leather/Dinamica upholstery
1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
12V socket
3 Spoke sports multifunction flat bottomed leather steering wheel
Ambient lighting
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Black headlining
Brushed stainless steel sports pedals
Dual zone automatic climate control
Footwell lights
Front and rear reading lights
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front head restraints
Front sport seats
Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
Heated front seats
Height adjustable front seats
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Illuminated door sills
Illuminated glovebox
Illuminated storage compartment
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Load securing rings in luggage compartment
Luggage compartment cover
Rear head restraints
Storage compartment under load area floor
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Twin front cupholders
Wheels
18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels in titanium grey with highsheen finish
Tirefit sealant with electric air pump
Packs
Seat comfort pack - A Class
Safety
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
ABS with Brake Assist
Active bonnet
Adaptive brake system
Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
Child proof door locks
Crash responsive emergency lighting
Drivers knee airbag
Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Electronic parking brake
ESP with ASR
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Front head airbags
Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
Front side airbags
Hill start assist
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags
Security
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Remote central locking
Technical
Lowered suspension
Trim
Carbon effect trim
Chrome air vent surrounds
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.177
CO2 (g/km) 126
HC 0.041
Noise Level dB(A) 72
NOx 0.012
Particles 0.0003
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1595
Compression Ratio 10.3:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 73.7
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) 52.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 61.4
EC Urban (mpg) 40.9
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 156
Coin Series AMG Line Executive
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 22E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 81
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 67
NCAP Safety Assist % 86
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 15500
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) 7.8
Engine Power - BHP 156
Engine Power - KW 115
Engine Power - RPM 5300
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1250
Top Speed 139
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1434
Length 4299
Wheelbase 2699
Width 1780
Width (including mirrors) 2022
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1935
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1157
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 341
Max. Loading Weight 540
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1400
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 695
Minimum Kerbweight 1395
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £265.88 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £274.61 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £294.58 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £235.16 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £243.36 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £264.10 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £234.55 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £241.17 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £257.84 p/m Call Us
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £319.06 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £329.53 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £353.49 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £282.19 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £292.03 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £316.92 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £281.46 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £289.40 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £309.41 p/m Call Us
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
COMAND online HDD Nav with media interface, radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 8" screen, linguatronic, 10GB music register, SD card slot , smartphone integration £995.00
Mercedes connect me with remote online services £150.00
Entertainment
DAB Digital radio £420.00
Harman/Kardon logic 7 surround sound system + 12 speakers £680.00
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £595.00
Panoramic sliding sunroof £995.00
Privacy glass £295.00
Interior Features
4 way adjustable lumbar support £160.00
Packs
AMG Exclusive pack with leather upholstery - A Class £895.00
Driving assistance pack - A Class £1,695.00
Exclusive pack with leather upholstery - A Class £895.00
Lane tracking pack - A Class £595.00
Night pack - A Class £595.00
Stowage Pack - A Class £170.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Cavansite blue £595.00
Metallic - Cosmos Black £595.00
Metallic - Mountain grey £595.00
Metallic - Polar silver £595.00
Solid - Cirrus white FOC
Solid - Jupiter Red FOC
Technical
Adaptive damping system £595.00
Trim
AMG Exclusive pack - Perforated Leather - Black with red cut £895.00
Artico man-made leather/Dinamica - Black with red stitching FOC
Exclusive pack - Leather - Black £895.00
Exclusive pack - Leather - Hazelnut brown £895.00
Exclusive pack - Leather - Sahara beige/black £895.00
Wheels
18" AMG multi spoke alloy wheels £120.00
* option prices shown are estimated