Not everyone is overly-keen on the Mercedes-AMG family being continually expanded, suggesting that the famous performance brand is being diluted by cheaper and more accessible models.
The Mercedes-AMG A35 is one model in the crosshairs of these critics. Unveiled earlier this year, it slots below the forthcoming A45 as a less aggressive, and more affordable, hot hatch.
Whereas the new-generation A45 is expected to have in excess of 400 hp, the A35 is much tamer. In fact, its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine pumps out 301 hp and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque and is mated exclusively to an all-wheel drive system and a dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission.
The question is, is it worthy of the AMG logo? To find out, Autogefühl jumped into the driver’s seat and put it to the test. Not only does the extensive review take an in-depth look at both the interior and exterior of the A35, it includes some interesting conclusions after the car was tested on a series of twisty roads.
We won’t spoil it for you, but we’ll just say that Merc’s direct rival to the Audi S3 is good enough to silence the naysayers.
There’s no doubt that the upcoming A45 will be much faster and offer an even more eye-catching look. Will it be worth the extra money, though? We’ll find out in 2019.