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Mercedes-Benz AMG A 35 4MATIC Hatch

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Mercedes-Benz have upgraded their beloved A-class range and added the AMG sporty aspect to provide the market with even more luxury and performance-orientated vehicles to choose from. The newest addition to the posh family, and a personal favourite of mine, is their A 35 hatch. It’s a typical Mercedes-Benz with stereotypically smooth driving combined with the newest and hottest AMG characteristics. It is the embodiment of fun on wheels. The dedicated team at Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle Centre in Menlyn eagerly welcomed me when I showed up to test drive this thrilling hatch.

The Concept
Versatile enough to appeal to anyone, the A 35 suits the young business woman, the trendy and spunky student, and even empty-nesters - this pocket rocket will be immensely enjoyed by a wide audience. With five seats, the whole family is welcome to join in the fun that this hot hatch has to offer, and with a range of sporty enhancements, this is a given. Not compromising on comfort or luxury, it’s also ideal for those seeking a smooth and refined drive, but who also want to reach their destination a little bit quicker.

The Look
Embellished with typical AMG body styling which I simply adore, the shiny grille and double louvres show the manufacturer wasn’t holding back in this design. A front splitter, sunken side skirts and a defined rear with dual exhaust pipes and an aggressive rear spoiler gives this hot hatch some serious bragging rights, too. Nifty features such as rain sensing wipers, electrically folding exterior mirrors (with auto-dimming on the driver’s side) help to make the driving experience even better. High performance LED headlights are enhanced with Adaptive high beam assist to ensure bright illumination and a safe journey, every time. The 18-inch alloy AMG wheels and exaggerated wheel arches give an elegant, yet cocky, road presence. Overall, I found the vehicle highly attractive – the standard beauty of the brand is evident, but the refreshing sporty AMG element adds a truly sexy spin on things. This means its versatile enough to appeal to traditionalists as well as trend-setters.

The Feel
What piqued my interest inside this hot hatch was the sophisticated display systems with its easy-to-use touchpad and controller. The AMG performance steering wheel is coated in high-quality Nappa leather and features AMG toggles for easy accessibility to the infotainment setup, while still keeping the driver’s focus glued to the road. It’s quite spacious for a hatch, too, and the rear seats are able to fold to accommodate bulky items in the boot (which also features a handy 12 V socket). Behind the stylish steering wheel, visibility is fairly decent. The sizable windows and skinny pillars are extremely beneficial when checking your surroundings, although the low riding position can be a little limiting. This will obviously not be a problem for those taller folks, but shorter ladies will need to adjust their seating to get a good view out. The cabin emits a spacious and sporty aura, with its comfy seats and sporty accents, which had me feeling confident and empowered behind the wheel.

The Features
The MBUX multimedia infotainment system is equipped with a digital radio, smartphone integration, Mercedes-Benz Link, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Obviously, this luxury hatch is equipped with comfort features such as an engine remote start function, a communications module (LTE) for the Mercedes me app, Cruise control, and automatic climate control. Standard safety features include a tyre pressure monitoring system, active brake assist and a Mercedes-Benz emergency call system. Mercedes-Benz has a range of additional safety features which can be included at no extra cost as well as many advanced features, but these come at a substantial price. Additionally, an AMG track pack can be added on and is able to record over 80 types of vehicle-related data while on the track, for those ladies who have petrol in their veins. An Anti-Theft Protection package is also installed for parking damage notification.

The Drive
With the AMG title comes the impressive performance which we have come to expect from the German engineers. The 2.0-litre turbocharge four-cylinder engine is able to confidently crank out 225kW of power and a hearty 400Nm of torque. This is all possible thanks to smart engineering such as the double turbo, intuitive low-friction cylinder mechanics and an adjustable camshaft system. I particularly enjoyed the smoothness of the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox and the direct steering that made this drive feel so engaging. Another AMG feature is the suspension, which comes standard with adaptive dampers and switches between Comfort, Sport and Sport+ mode so that the driver can adjust the drive to their liking. The braking system has been honed too, and now sports 350-mm ventilated discs in the front and 330-mm in the rear. The adjustment is noticed almost instantly, and I appreciated this feature highly because it gave me a peace of mind with the kids in the car. A stiffened chassis helps to accommodate the additional power from the vehicle and aides the excellent road handling I felt when I pushed it a little harder around the corners. I thoroughly enjoyed zipping in and around town, and parking was relatively easy thanks to the vehicle’s diminutive measurements.

Where to find it
Visit www.mercedes-benz.co.za to learn more about this vehicle or pop in at Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle Centre in Menlyn to speak to a professional.
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