Mercedes-AMG A35 Shines In First Reviews As It Has Plenty Of Power And Grip

Mercedes-AMG introduced the all-new A35 earlier this year and it’s a hot hatch which slots between the mainstream model and the high-performance A45.

While the car was introduced back in September, the first reviews are finally out and we’re getting a look at how well the model stacks up against the Volkswagen Golf R. This comparison might sound odd at first glance, but both models are all-wheel drive hatchbacks which feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

In the case of the Golf R, the engine produces 305 hp (228 kW / 310 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. This allows the model to rocket from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds.

The A35, on the other hand, is slightly less powerful as it is rated at 302 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Given the similar performance figures, it’s not too surprising the entry-level AMG can run from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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With the primer out of the way, let’s find out how the A35 stacks up. Auto Express comes away pretty impressed as their reviewer says the model is “composed, sharp and lightning fast.” The review also notes the car has tons of grip and only provides hints of understeer at the absolute limit. Overall, they deem the A35 a “truly premium product” that makes the Audi RS3 seem “immediately dated.”

Autocar was similarity positive as they also said the car has lots of grip and an improved all-wheel drive system. They also praised the model’s steering and ride quality. In the end, they said the A35 is more rewarding and engaging than the previous A45.

 

  • Christian Wimmer

    Gorgeous car.

    Last Tuesday my new A250 AMG Line arrived and I am loving it. The ‘250 motor is so eager and powerful and smooth. I can only imagine how much faster and aggressive the A35 AMG is, which uses the same engine but modified and with twin scroll turbos IIRC.

  • PK

    Mercedes AMG’s been killing it lately! BMW M on the other hand….

  • PK

    any amg model? even it goes over $100.000? lmfao

  • SteersUright

    Looks cool in that yellow with those aero bits. Hopefully comes to the states and for under $40k.

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