Does The New Mercedes-AMG A 45 S Have The Edge Over The Old Car?

When Mercedes-Benz launched the original A 45 AMG, it put the hot hatch market on notice with blistering performance, eye-catching looks, and a load of advanced technologies.

At the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed, the second-generation A 45 was launched, and while we know it’s faster than its predecessor, is it actually better to drive?

To find out, CarWow pitted the new A 45 S against the old car for a series of performance tests at the global media launch of the new model.

Also Read: New Mercedes-AMG A 45 And CLA 45 Pack Supercar Performance In A Compact Body

The first test was, predictably, a drag race. Powering the original car is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder pumping out 376 HP and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque mated to an AMG Speedshift dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, helping the car launch to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds during CarWow’s test.

That’s fast, but the new A 45 S is noticeably quicker off the line, rocketing to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, almost a full second quicker than its predecessor.

The new car also performs better during a rolling race, thanks in part to its new transmission quickly changing down gears in automatic mode to provide the best possible acceleration. In the braking test, once again, the new A 45 S came to a stop quicker.

However, is the new car any more enjoyable to drive than the old one? Well, what do you think?


  • salamOOn

    i would take that rs3.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      Agreed. I like this A45s, especially the interior, but the 4 cylinder just doesn’t sound very good. The RS3s 5 cylinder sounds amazing and is extremely unique.

      • Aeromann

        Yes but it’s a vw. ?

        • PK

          agree. a word volkswagen doesn’t scream excitement.

          • KidRed

            Ha, do you two both say the same thing about Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley?? smh

          • PK

            i meant volkswagen cars in general not who they own.

          • Aeromann


      • salamOOn

        and thats the reason i would take it over merc.

        • PK

          so you’re saying vw is better than mercedes? that’s like saying a hyundai is better than lexus lmfao

          • salamOOn

            Are you making yourself stupid on purpose or you simply cant understand the context…?

            im saying i would rather have audis 5cyl than mercs 4cyl if i have to choose between those 2 cars.
            thats all. im not saying who is better. SMH

          • PK


          • KidRed

            VW isn’t better, but we aren’t talking about VW. We’re talking about Audi. And if your response is “well VW owns Audi so…” then your same flawed logic would apply to Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley. Which is why it’s flawed logic.

          • PK


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