Is The New Mercedes-AMG A35 A Wannabe Or A True Hot Hatch?

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.


  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    It absolutely is a hot hatch.

    The new A Class has been getting incredible reviews all over the world. Mercedes really knocked it out of the park.

    • Matthew Daraei

      True that. It also looks far nicer in person than in the photos.

    • Christian Wimmer

      Agreed. Picked up my new A250 at the end of November and I am LOVING it.

      This car has it all: style, innovation, technology, quality and it’s also incredibly fun to drive in all modes (I have the Adaptive Suspension). The engine is so incredibly refined and there is no noticeable turbo lag. Brilliant stuff.

      I can only imagine how awesome the A35 AMG is – and how badass the A45 AMG will be!

  • MarketAndChurch

    This is such a nice car.

  • Merc1

    I love it. That Demim blue has to come to the U.S. on other MBs please. Audi has a color like this called Ascari blue, really pretty on the A5 Sportback. MBUSA should really import just the A35 and A45 hatchbacks on limited basis, they would sell right out. Don’t bother with the A220 etc hatch, just the 35 and 45 models.


  • SteersUright

    Once of the better looking hot hatches I’ve seen. Priced aggressively, nobody would look at a Focus RS, Type R, or many others simply on design alone. Def bring all the cool colors though,.

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