Mercedes-AMG A35 Is A True Hot Hatch, And You Can Witness Its Straight-Line Performance

The previous-gen A-Class was a huge improvement over its MPV-ish predecessor. It went up against the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series, and was a success for Mercedes.

As of earlier this year, though, clients on the lookout for a premium hatchback can order the all-new A-Class. Offered with several petrol and diesel engine options, it’s topped by the AMG A35, a hot hatch that goes up against the likes of the Audi S3 Sportback and Volkswagen Golf R.

Mercedes-AMG’s cheapest model doesn’t cut back on the Affalterbach-based brand’s image. Sure, it doesn’t have the Panamericana grille with vertical slats, as this is reserved for the more potent AMG A45 that will follow. But the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is quite punchy; more specifically, 306 PS (301 hp / 225 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque punchy.

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With a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, the Mercedes-AMG A35 hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds, only half a second slower than the outgoing AMG A45, and top speed is electronically capped at 250 km/h (155 mph).

The A35 hot hatch won’t launch in the United States. However, the carmaker does have a nearly identical model reserved for our market: the A35 Sedan that will arrive with very similar performance and the same 2.0-liter turbo-four and AWD system.

Until Merc lifts the curtain for it and launch it on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, let’s see what its five-door sibling is capable of in the real world.


  • Mr. EP9

    I’m waiting for the A45.

  • TheAmerican

    I don’t think a 4.7 0-60 is newsworthy.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks nice

  • Craig

    I like the look of the car but can’t stand the dashboard.

    • Bash

      I want that GT4 dash in all AMG models.

      • Craig

        I’m not exactly sure what that looks like – but I’ll keep searching for it!

  • Belthronding

    v10 m5’s 0-100kmh / 0-60mph around 4.7 seconds which was a damn true super sedan

  • XtremWize
  • Merc1

    MBUSA really needs to consider importing just the A35 and A45 hatchbacks.


  • Infinite1

    No USA love, no care

  • Craig

    I can’t stand that crackling sound. The Hyundai I30/Veloster N makes that noise too. It gets on my nerves!

    • bxniels0

      Yeah, those overruns (I think that’s what they call them) would wear you out on a long journey.

  • Christian Wimmer

    I have the A250 (224-hp, 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds) version and it‘s definitely a great handler (FWD but with LSD), and I came from a RWD BMW 118i E87. I can only imagine how badass the A35 AMG is and how brutal the A45 AMG will be!

  • LeStori

    It needs to be fast. The interior is a pigs breakfast including the “We forgot the instuments ” LCD screen in front of the driver. Hopefully the seats are more comfortable than the horrid ones in the A200.

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