Mercedes AMG A35 interior
The Mercedes-AMG A35 interior is an amazing piece of design, but not only does it all work; it’s also very easy to use. It doesn’t come cheap, though.
The Mercedes-AMG A35’s interior looks like that of no other hot hatch. It’s dominated by the two free-standing digital screens that sit on top of the dashboard, but there are lots of other neat features. You can have no less than 64 colours of ambient lighting to choose from, for example, and your choice will be reflected in the beautiful turbine-style air vents.
Overall, the quality is very good, too, with leather sports seats, a flat-bottomed, leather-trimmed sports steering wheel and lots of decent materials used. However, it’s not perfect, as some of the gloss black materials seem prone to scratches and the row of switches under the centre console feels like something from a child’s toy.
The optional AMG Premium equipment line is certainly very tempting. True, it’s not cheap, but it adds a larger instrument cluster, illuminated door sills and the 64-colour ambient lighting, while the AMG Premium Plus line also includes a panoramic sunroof.
It’s frustrating that some of the best kit in the A35 costs extra: I love the 64-colour ambient lighting but I don’t like the fact that you have to fork out more cash to get it.
The Mercedes-AMG A35 comes with two prominent digital displays on the dashboard. They’re both 7-inch screens as standard, but either one – or both – can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch unit with the optional Executive, Premium and Premium Plus equipment line packages.
The standard specifications are pretty impressive, with DAB radio and sat-nav, as well as several ways to control all that tech. Not only are there tiny touch-sensitive panels on the steering wheel, but there’s also a touchpad on the centre console, and the display in the centre of the dash is a touchscreen. Last, but not least, you can even tell your car what to do, using everyday language, just like you would with Amazon Echo or Google Home personal assistants.
It’s a little disappointing that the A35 doesn’t come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, but they are both included in the modestly priced Smartphone Connect package. Also worth considering is the Advanced Navigation package, which superimposes navigation instructions – such as which turning to take off a roundabout or which direction to turn at a junction – on a live view of the road in front of the car, taken from a camera in the windscreen.