Mercedes AMG A35 Review
The Mercedes-AMG A35 packs more than 300hp in a seriously stylish body with a luxurious cabin but it isn’t as giggle-inducing as some fast cars and it doesn’t come cheap.
This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
- Sporty looks
- High-tech cabin
- Easy to drive quickly
What's not so good
- Not as fun to drive as alternatives
- Desirable options cost extra
Mercedes AMG A35: what would you like to read next?
If you’re looking for a seriously quick hatchback that looks the part but is also easy to live with and usable everyday, the Mercedes-AMG A35 is an ideal choice. It’s also the perfect alternative to the likes of the Audi S3 and BMW M140i, and it gets one of the most futuristic interiors of any car on sale.
Even before you get in the A35, you can tell it’s different to a regular A-Class thanks to bigger wheels, brakes, beefier bumpers and splitters – all inspired by the outrageous A45 S. The A35 is more subtle and unless you opt for the optional AMG exterior pack, you can have your A35 look pretty unassuming – it makes for a perfect Q-car.
There’s nothing unassuming about the interior, though. The Mercedes-AMG A35 gets a flashy flat-bottomed steering wheel with metal shift paddles and beefy sport seats with more support than those in the regular A-Class. There’s also a super-slick dual-screen infotainment system that looks like it belongs on the set of a sci-fi blockbuster, and you get boat-loads of soft plastic and posh brushed-metal trims.
Unlike the optional exterior spoilers, almost all of the flashy kit inside the A35 comes as standard. You do have to pay extra to get the sportiest seats that admittedly block some of the view for rear-seat passengers but are so comfy and supportive that you wouldn’t care.
If you had to find something to complain about inside the A35 it would be the boot that’s smaller than what you’d find in a BMW M140i, but it’s definitely not a deal breaker since you can still fit a big weekly shop in the A35.
The Mercedes AMG A35 is a seriously quick hot hatch with a fab interior, but put it in its sportiest setting and the incessant pops and bangs from the exhaust will get pretty annoying
No AMG model is complete without a high-performance engine and in the case of the A35 that is a 2.0-litre petrol thats boosted by a turbo to make 306hp. You get a four-wheel drive system as standard so there are no worries about grip on slippery roads. Thanks to the standard-fit launch control, you can leap from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds even in rainy conditions – something an owner of a BMW M140i can only dream about.
The Mercedes-AMG A35 isn’t just about straight-line speed – it’s great at carving through twisty roads too. Admittedly it’s more surefooted and predictable rather than playful and fun but that also makes it extremely easy to drive fast. The clever four-wheel-drive system juggles power between the front and the rear which provides you with a stable line through corners. If you want something that won’t be as fast on a wet road but will be a lot more entertaining it’s worth looking at the Honda Civic Type R.
You can – just like in the AMG GT 4 Door – adjust the stiffness of the suspension using a dial on the wheel and in the most comfortable setting, the A35 copes with long motorway journeys well. The only niggle is a lot more noise coming from the tyres compared to a regular A-Class with smaller wheels, but the rest is pretty relaxing. You can also opt for a host of driver aids that’ll let it brake, accelerate and keep the A35 in its lane for you – perfect for taking the stress out of rush-hour traffic.
However, all this comes at a price and if you spec the A35 with all the bells and whistles it looks expensive against comparable alternatives. To offset that, why not have a look at our Mercedes A35 deals to see how much you could save on your preferred spec.