Mercedes-AMG A 35 video test: Is it a real hot hatch or more of a warm one?

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For the first time ever, a milder AMG variant will be available for the A-Class under the fully fledged Mercedes-AMG A 45 variant. Is the new 306 hp Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic a real hot hatch?

The car has a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine under its bonnet – a further development of the unit that is already available in the A 250. The power it delivers is rated at 306 hp and 400 Nm – resources distributed to all four wheels via an AMG Speedshift DCT7 dual-clutch automatic transmission.

With all those 306 hp on tap, the A 35 is able to sprint in 4.7 seconds to a speed of 100 km / h. The top speed is limited at 250 km / h. The 4Matic system can be set to the Comfort and Sport modes, the latter being activated by pressing the ESP Sport Handling or ESP Off button. Via AMG Dynamic Select the car can be set into one of the five available driving modes: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual. These obviously have an influence on the adjustment of the chassis and the throttle response.

Mercedes-AMG has increased the stiffness of the chassis by screwing an aluminum plate under the engine compartment. In addition, the engineers from Affalterbach assemble extra reinforcement brackets that get a place on the underside of the car. Mercedes-AMG, of course, also offers a set of sports springs and dampers for the A 35, coupled to an AMG exhaust system with active valves for exhaust sound modulation. How do all these modifications translate to the road? Find out yourself from the comprehensive video review below or from our own written test.

Test drive Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC – Less is more