2019 Mercedes-AMG A45: Price, specs and release date
Mercedes has revealed full prices and specs for the A45 S hot hatch and its four-door coupe sister, the CLA 45 S. Keep reading for everything on the car’s price, specs and release date.
2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 hot hatchback
turbocharged, 421hp engine and four-wheel drive
Price and release date
est. £50,000; August 2019
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2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 price and release date
The Mercedes A45 S is on sale now with a starting price of £52,145 meaning it’s comfortably more expensive than the Audi RS3 Sportback (£49,290) and makes hot hatch royalty – such as the Ford Focus RS (£31,385) and Honda Civic Type R (£29,985) – look like utter bargains. So… just as well the Merc’s very good, then.
Want to spend more (why wouldn’t you?), well, you can do, the CLA45 S four-door coupe starts from £52,145, the SB shooting brake will set you back at least £53,570.
The upside of those princely price tags is that A45 S and its spin-offs come with a decent level of kit as standard – not least its 421hp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, four-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic gearbox… More on those below.
Exterior kit includes 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, AMG Suspension with AMG Ride Control, an AMG-specific grille with 12 vertical rungs, flared front wheel arches, side skirts, twin exhaust pipes, a rear diffuser and a boot spoiler.
Inside, you get sports seats in Artico (that’s fake) leather and Dinamica microfibre, plus an AMG Performance steering wheel in (real) Nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre. Kit includes electrically adjustable and folding wing mirrors, front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, keyless entry, illuminated door sills, 64-colour interior lighting, and a rear armrest.
The A45 S (and the CLA and CLA SB) also get the top-of-the-range infotainment system as standard which includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle and that flows seamlessly into a central infotainment screen of the same size. As well as offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard – for seamless integration with your smartphone’s apps – it has wireless charging and Mercedes’ brilliant augmented reality sat-nav. Along with that, you get features that are unique to the AMG models including a 0-60mph acceleration, and lap time, timer, as well as a system that can use the augmented sat-nav to overlay the racing line on a variety of famous circuits.
The range-topping 4MATIC+ Plus models (which start from £56,570) gets a more aggressive AMG aero pack, a panoramic sunroof, Multibeam LED headlights with auto dip, 19-inch AMG cross-spoke forged alloy wheels, electrically-adjustable front memory seats with a massage function, extended interior leather, Traffic Sign Assist that can highlight the speed limit in your sat-nav, a blind-spot monitoring system that’ll warn of cars in your blind spot and a powerful Burmester surround-sound stereo.
Standard safety and assistance equipment on all models includes Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keep Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, and Speed Limit Assist.
Keep reading for ALL the info we have on the A45 S.
2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 styling
As the super-sporty version of the new Mercedes A-Class hatchback, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 gets suitably aggressive looks. There’s a chunkier, more prominent grille at the front, which takes its visual cues from the one on the Mercedes-AMG GT supercar. You can also spot larger, more angular air intakes and a pair of bulging ‘power’ creases on the bonnet.
The A45’s sporty profile is pumped up by 19-inch alloy wheels, behind which you can see sporty-looking red brake calipers (on the S model). The performance makeover is completed at the rear of the car by prominent quad exhausts, an oversized roof spoiler and black vent detailing.
2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 specs
With the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 S, you’ll get extra body rigidity, giving you stronger front and rear subframes. There’s an extra steel plate under the engine, too. These combine to make the A45 feel more agile and responsive on twisty roads. The suspension gets uprated dampers, stiffened springs and firmer anti-roll bars. It is also adjustable, with a choice of three different modes that range from comfort-focused to more track-oriented.
2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 engine and performance
If you’re in the UK, there is just one A45 engine option available for you, while the rest of Europe also gets the option of a non-S, 387hp version. That means that every UK A45 will be specced with the 421hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which is good for a chunky 500Nm of pulling power. It also happens to be the most powerful four-cylinder engine on sale in a road car, and enough to propel the A45 S from 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds, before hitting a 168mph top speed. All of this makes the A45 S the fastest production hot hatch ever. To get all of that accelerative power onto the road, there’s an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.
2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 driving
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 S is equipped, as standard, with a new Drift mode. This system loosens the car’s four-wheel-drive setup so that you can perform flashy (and insurance-risking) powerslides in fast corners on the racetrack. Put simply, it’s very similar to the system that you would find in the Ford Focus RS.
There are six different driving modes as standard in the A45 S, which let you adjust the accelerator sensitivity, gear-change speeds, exhausts, steering and chassis based on how you want the car to handle. This means you can just as happily cruise along the motorway in comfort as you can barrel down a fast and tricky race track.
2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 interior and infotainment
Not only is the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 slated to be faster and more powerful than the last model; it’s anticipated to be more practical, as well. For a start, the boot is bigger. Plus, a longer wheelbase (the distance that separates the front and rear wheels) means that the car should have greater legroom over the prior version.
Inside the A45’s cabin, you get the usual creature comforts of Mercedes’s AMG range. This means that you get some figure-hugging sports seats, colour-contrast stitching and carbon interior trim. The A45 also gets the new A-Class’s MBUX infotainment system. This setup twins the traditional, dashboard-mounted touchscreen with the driver’s display in a dual-monitor layout. It’s simple to use and helps make the interior look stylish and high-tech.
Alongside the usual bells and whistles, the highlight of the MBUX system is its Augmented Reality navigation, which projects useful directional graphics over a live feed filmed by a camera at the front of the car.
As standard, the A45 S gets the AMG Track Pace pack, which gives you a ‘virtual race engineer’. This is a feature integrated into the sat-nav that can guide you through some of the world’s most famous race tracks, as quickly as possible, using augmented reality technology. It also records your 0-62mph and quarter-mile times.
2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S is the four-door coupe version of the A45 S. In addition to the snarling grille and red brake calipers of the A45, the CLA’s sloping roofline and pillarless doors are incredibly easy on the eyes. The downside is that, once you’re inside, rear headroom isn’t as generous as the A45’s. The saloon-style boot isn’t as practical, either, even though its 420-litre capacity makes it technically bigger than the hatchback’s.
Under the skin, the CLA 45 is mechanically identical to the A45, although it gets from 0-62mph a tenth of a second slower.
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