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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 price, specs and release date

Prices have been revealed for the Mercedes-AMG A35 – Merc’s hot hatch offering that preempts the arrival of the giant-killing AMG A45.

If you’re considering the Volkswagen Golf R – a car that mixes a high-quality feel with frenetic all-weather performance – then the A35 is aimed directly at you. It has an even posher and more high-tech interior than the Golf, as well as offering a little bit more performance to boot.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic price and release date

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is on sale now with a price tag of £35,580. That makes it pricier than a Volkswagen Golf R (£32,280), although VW will charge you an extra £2,000 for the automatic gearbox that comes as standard with the Merc. An Audi S3 Sportback, which get an auto as standard, meanwhile, is priced at £35,805.

Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic performance

The Mercedes-AMG A35’s 2.0-litre engine packs a clever twin-scroll turbocharger that provides boost right through the rev range. In the real world, that means instant acceleration with none of the turbo lag that old turbocharged cars suffer from and flexibility that means you won’t have to constantly change gear just to make decent progress.

As a result, the Mercedes gets from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds – just a tenth of a second slower than a Porsche 911. And if the Porsche can just about out-accelerate the A35, on a wet and twisting country road, you’d fancy the Mercedes because it comes with 4Matic four-wheel drive that delivers all the power to the road even in bad weather and a seven-speed automatic gearbox that gives you perfect shifts every time.

You even expect to get decent fuel economy, the Mercedes-AMG 35 can return fuel economy of 38.7mpg and that official figure should be easier to achieve than before because it was measured under new, real-world testing conditions.

Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic driving

Aside from just being quicker in a straight line, the Mercedes A35 4Matic will also offer a significant dynamic upgrade to a regular Mercedes A-Class.
For a kick off, its body has been stiffened with brace bars and a bracing panel under the front that should make the steering feel more reassuring and the car easier to place in bends. It also gets powerful brakes borrowed from the old A45 4Matic and variable-rack steering that makes it feel quicker to turn at high speeds and more manoeuvrable at slow speeds.

Four-wheel drive comes as standard and it’s hooked up to the car’s drive select with five modes – Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

Unsurprisingly, slippery sets the car up to deal with low-grip conditions – such as snow, ice and rain – calming the responsiveness of the throttle and increasing the sensitiveness of the car’s stability control system to lock down spins. Comfort, meanwhile, softens the car’s suspension (if you have the optional adjustable dampers) to better absorb bumps, while Individual lets you customise the car’s setting for your own driving style.

Sport and Sport+ are the A35’s most ‘interesting’ settings. The former speeds up gearshifts and opens a valve in the exhaust, while Sport+ adds rev-matched down shifts. Both also make the suspension stiffer, but only if you specify the optional Adaptive Damping System.

The A35’s AMG Dynamics system is all new and has two settings, Basic and Advanced. Basic works in Slippery and Comfort driving modes and makes the A35 feel more stable. Advanced, is selected in Sport and Sport+ modes, making the car feel more agile on country roads.

Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic styling

Even without the yellow paint of the car in our pictures, the Mercedes A35 will be easily recognisable from one of its more sedate siblings. It gets unique twin louvres on its grille (the standard A-Class has one) and a ground-hugging front spoiler with vents surrounded in chrome. Side on, the A35’s 18-inch alloy wheels are ‘aerodynamically optimised’, while at the back you get a roof-mounted spoiler and a pair of fat exhaust pipes, where you’ll find four on the new A45.

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic interior

The Mercedes A35 4Matic’s interior just might be the biggest reason you’d choose it over a Volkswagen Golf R. It looks lovely thanks to a combination of huge infotainment screens, classy materials and neat little touches such as the air vents that look like cool jet turbines.

You also gets Merc’s MBUX voice activation system and the same augmented reality sat-nav instructions that looks like they’re hovering above the road in the A-Class’s central infotainment screen.

To the solid base of the regular A-Class’ cabin, the A35 adds go-faster touches such as red seat-belts and a sporty three-spoke AMG steering wheel. You get half-leather seats with red piping and red surrounds for the car’s air vents.

Other changes include a revised centre console with controls for the A45’s automatic gearbox and stability control, while the infotainment screen has additional visualisations for the A35’s specific driving modes. Go for the optional AMG Track Pace pack and you’ll also be able to record your lap times at track days and measure 0-62mph acceleration times. Sounds like an essential.

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