Pricing is out of reach for most of us, but those who can afford to spend a small fortune can place an order for the A45, which is available at €56,227.50 ($62,349), or the more agile A45 S from €61,820.50 ($68,551).
The sleeker looking CLA 45 begins at €60,095 ($66,638), while the S will set you back €65,688 ($72,840). Getting the same car as a Shooting Brake requires spending at least €60,690 ($67,298) for the 45 and €66,283 ($73,499) for the 45 S.
The “base” versions get a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 387 PS (382 hp / 285 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque. The A45 S, CLA 45 S or CLA 45 S Shooting Brake, on the other hand, offer 421 PS (415 hp / 310 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). All come coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and the 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with AMG Torque Control.
The S versions of the high-performance compact cars all have a 270 km/h (168 mph) top speed. The quickest of the bunch is the A45 S, which sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds, whereas The CLA 45 S in either four-door sedan or Shooting Brake form is a tenth of a second slower.