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2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

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The latest Mercedes-AMG A45 S could hardly be more different from its predecessor. While the two cars look similar on paper – five-door hatchback bodies, turbocharged four-cylinder engines, all-wheel drive – the A45 S now feels like a car engineered for driving enthusiasts rather than simply a very quick way of getting from point to point.

It’ll still do that too of course, and with over four hundred horsepower at its disposal, the A45 S is the most potent hot hatchback on sale. But big speed is now just one component of the A45’s repertoire. It builds on the solid progress AMG made with the A35, and the end result is one of our favourite hot hatchbacks.

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Highlights of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Brand Name — Mercedes-AMG A45 S
• Model Name — A45 S
• Vehicle Type — SUV
• Body Type — Hatchback
• Colours Option — Night Black, Sun Yellow, Denim Blue, Mountain Grey, Polar White, Cosmos Black, Iridium Silver, Mountain Grey Magno, and Patagonia Red Metallic.
• Engine Type — 2.0-litre in line engine,4 Cylinder, Turbocharged
• Engine Displacement — 1991 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Max Power — 415.71bhp@6750rpm
• Max Torque — 500nm@5000-5250rpm
• TransmissionType — Automatic
• Emission Norm Compliance — BS VI
• Top Speed — 270 km/h
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 3.9 Seconds
• Drivetrain — All-Wheel Drive
• Gearbox Type — AMG 8 Speed DCT
• No of Gears — 8
• Tank Capacity — 51 litres
• Seating Capacity — 5
• Doors — 5
• Price — ₹ 81.50 Lakh* Lakhs (Ex-Showroom Price Delhi)
• Warranty — 3 Years / Unlimited km

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2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review : Specification

Mercedes-AMG offers the A45 S with a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that churns out 421PS and 500Nm. It is paired with an 8-speed automatic and an all-wheel drivetrain. The hatchback can make the 0-100kmph sprint within 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 270kmph. The A45 S is 4445mm long, 1992mm wide, 1412mm tall, and it has a 2729mm wheelbase.

The Mercedes-AMG A45 S features a twin-screen 10.25-inch MBUX unit and a 12-speaker Burmester sound system. Performance features include a re-engineered steering rack, quad exhausts, and six driving modes: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual, and RACE.

Key Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Power Steering
• Power Windows Front
• Anti Lock Braking System
• Air Conditioner
• Driver Airbag
• Passenger Airbag
• Automatic Climate Control
• Fog Lights – Front
• Alloy Wheels

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Engine & Transmission Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Engine Details — 1991cc, 2.0-litre in line engine, 4 Cylinder, Turbocharged
• Engine Type — 4 Cylinder, Turbocharged Petrol Engine
• Engine Displacement — 1991 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Max Power — 415.71bhp@6750rpm
• Max Torque — 500nm@5000-5250rpm
• TransmissionType — Automatic
• Emission Norm Compliance — BS VI
• Top Speed — 270 km/h
• Acceleration (0 – 100 km/h) — 3.9 Seconds
• Mileage (ARAI) — 12 kmpl
• Driving Range — 615 Km
• Drivetrain — All-Wheel Drive
• Gearbox Type — AMG 8 Speed DCT
• No of Gears — 8
• Turbo Charger — twin
• No. of cylinder — 4
• Valves Per Cylinder — 4
• Paddle Shift
• Idle Start/Stop

Steering, Suspension & Breaking Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Steering Type — Power assisted (Electric)
• Steering Column — Adjustable
• Steering Gear Type — Rack & Pinion
• Front Suspension — McPherson Struts with Adaptive Damping
• Rear Suspension — Four-Link Axle with Adaptive Damping
• Minimum Turning Radius — 6 metres
• Breaking Type — Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
• Front Brake Type — Ventilated Disc
• Rear Brake Type — Ventilated Disc
• Four-Wheel-Drive — Torque-On-Demand
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Traction Control
• Break Assist
• Limited Slip Differential (LSD)
• Hill Hold Control,

 

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Wheels & Tyres Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Recharge Review

• Wheel Type — Alloy Wheels
• Spare Wheel — 215/60-R16 Steel Wheel
• Wheel Size — R19 Inches
• Tyres Type — Tubeless, Radial
• Front Tyres Size — 245 / 35 R19
• Rear Tyres Size — 245 / 35 R19

Physical Measurement Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Length — 4445mm
• Width — 1992mm
• Height — 1412mm
• Wheelbase — 2729mm
• Front Track — 1597mm
• Rear Track — 1558mm

Space & Capacity Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Doors — 5 Doors
• Seating Capacity — 5 Person
• No of Seating Rows — 2 Rows
• Boot space — 370 Litters
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 51 Litters

Interior Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• AMG sporty centre console with raised front section and integral control switched for manual transmission mode
• Black air vents with surround in silver chrome
• AMG centre console finished with trim in silver chrome
• AMG Steering wheel touch control buttons
• Silver coloured aluminium gear shift paddles on steering wheel
• Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
• Touchpad on center console
• Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
• Single front passenger seat
• Illuminated AMG front door sills with changeable cover
• Interior mirror with reading lamps in black and frameless
• ISOFIX and top tether child seat fixing points in two outer rear seats
• 3 Spoke flattened lower section sporty design AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/Dinamic microfibre
• AMG performance seats
• AMG floor mats
• AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
• Twin front cupholders
• Black roof lining
• Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
• Front seat head restraints
• Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
• Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
• Height/reach adjustable steering column
• Front centre armrest with storage compartment
• Rear head restraints
• Heated front seats
• Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control
• Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
• Interior lighting – 64 colour Ambient lighting
• 3 seat bench in 2nd row
• 40:20:40 split folding rear seats

Exterior Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
• Black weather strip
• Rear fog lights
• Panoramic sliding sunroof
• LED daytime running lights
• Adaptive brake lights
• Body colour side skirt
• Automatic headlights
• Body colour bumpers
• Body colour door handles
• Privacy glass
• Rear wiper
• LED High level third brake light
• Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
• Wider wheel arches for AMG wheels
• Multibeam LED headlights with adaptive highbeam assist plus
• Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
• LED tail lamp
• Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
• Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
• Rear side wing doors
• Radio aerial
• AMG bodystyling – Front apron with splitter in chrome, rear apron with chrome trim and chrome visible trim elements in tailpipe
• AMG A45 S bodystyling -rear apron, four vertical fins, side sill panels, roof spoiler lip, specific front apron, diffuser look and S label on boot lid
• AMG real performance exhaust sound system
• Two round twin tailpipe trim elements each measuring 90 mm in diameter and AMG lettering plus ribbing on the inside of the pipe
• Valve control dependent on drive program
• AMG specific radiator grille in high gloss chrome with AMG lettering

Electrical Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Headlights — LED Projector
• Automatic Head Lamps
• Follow me home headlamps
• Cornering Headlights — Active
• Tail Lights — LED
• Daytime Running Lights — LED
• Ambient Interior Lighting — Multi-colour
• Cabin Lamps — Front and Rear
• Lights on Vanity Mirrors — Driver & Co-Driver
• Rear Reading Lamp — Both Sides
• Glove Box Lamp
• Headlight Height Adjuster

Safety Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Driver and passenger head and side airbags
• ESP curve dynamic assist
• Crash responsive emergency lighting
• Front and rear seatbelt reminder
• Active bonnet
• Black seatbelts
• Window airbags
• Drivers knee airbag
• Electronic parking brake
• 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
• Electronic Stability Program with Anti Skid Control
• Tyre pressure monitoring system
• Dual stage driver/passenger airbags
• Warning triangle and first aid kit
• Anti lock brake system with Brake Assist
• Bonnet with power domes
• AMG high performance brake system with red painted brake callipers and black AMG lettering at the front, ventilated and perforated brake discs
• 3 stage electronic stability programme
• Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
• Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
• Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
• Exit warning

Entertainment, Communication & Instrumentation Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Smart Connectivity — Android Auto (Wired), Apple Car Play (Wired)
• Display — Touch-screen Display
• Touch Screen Size — 10.25 inch
• Integrated (in-dash) Music System
• Speakers — 6+
• Steering mounted controls
• Voice Command
• GPS Navigation System
• Bluetooth Compatibility — Phone & Audio Streaming
• AM/FM Radio
• USB Compatibility
• Wireless Charger
• iPod Compatibility
• Instantaneous Consumption
• Tachometer — Digital
• Instrument Cluster — Digital
• Trip Meter — Electronic 2 Trips
• Average Fuel Consumption
• Average Speed
• Distance to Empty
• Clock — Digital
• Low Fuel Level Warning
• Door Ajar Warning
• Adjustable Cluster Brightness
• Gear Indicator
• Heads Up Display (HUD) — Optional

Comfort & Convenience features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Speed limit assist
• Attention assist
• Blind spot assist
• Direct steering
• Brake pad wear indicator warning light
• Service indicator (Active Service System)
• Cruise control + speed limiter
• Trip computer
• Outside temperature gauge
• AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with drive modes(Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Race) incl drift mode via steering wheel shift paddles+Race Start
• Active parking assist with visual and audible warning of detected obstacles
• Mercedes me remote services
• Ultrasonic sensors positioned in the front and rear bumpers
• Car wash mode
• Lane keeping system
• Owners manual in English
• AMG speed sensitive steering with two sets of steering characteristics
• 10.25 inch touchscreen media display with AMG specific, AMG start up logo, visualisation of the AMG drive programs, vehicle and engine data
• Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
• Lamp failure indicator
• 10.25″ Digital instrument cluster display screen
• Hard-disk navigation
• Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
• Dual bluetooth interfaces
• Pre-installation for car sharing
• Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
• Hey Mercedes Voice activation
• ECO start/stop function
• 180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines
• Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
• Traffic sign assist

Locks & Security Features of 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review

• Smart Access Card Entry
• KeyLess Entry
• Engine Immobilizer — Vehicle Immobilizer
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-theft Alarm

2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review : Impressive Looks

When AMG gets its hands on any Mercedes, the styling goes a bit mental. The Affalterbach crew have tweaked the design of the A-Class, but this isn’t the full bozo tweakery that we’ve come to expect. From the front, the new A45 S looks a lot wider than the regular A-Class. This is both true and also a part of an illusion created by the reworked front end of the hatchback.

Gone is the regular Mercedes grille with its horizontal bars of chrome. AMG has instead popped in the Panamericana grille found in its other vehicles into the face of the A-Class. The new grille features vertical slats and a large Mercedes badge in its centre. Flanking the massive grille are the angular headlamps of the A-Class.

Other changes up front include the reworked front apron with larger air intakes to feed cool air to the monster sitting under the bonnet. The power domes on the bonnet add to the muscular look of the front end which is augmented by the wider front track of the A45 S compared to other A-Class.

On the sides, Mercedes has fitted the A45 S with massively flared wheel arches that play host to some rather snazzy forged alloy wheels finished in black and shod with Michelin rubber. The brake callipers (6 piston front, single piston rear) for the large ventilated disc brakes are finished in red. Also seen on the front wings is Turbo 4Matic+ badging to remind everyone that this is no ordinary A-Class.

The rear end of the A45 S would look quite ordinary if it wasn’t for the A45 S badging, the sleeker rear taillights and two large 90mm tailpipes sticking out of the bumper on either side of the diffuser element. The A45 S also sports a much subtler spoiler which does go unnoticed due to the noisemakers down below.

Step inside and the regular A-Class’s interior design shines through. The standard A-Class’s interior is one of the best we’ve seen in any car to date and AMG didn’t really have much to do here.

The dashboard is dominated by the twin displays of the driver’s instrumentation and the MBUX powered infotainment setup. The infotainment display can be controlled with the trackpad sitting atop the transmission tunnel or by the controls on the steering wheel or if you’re really bored by touching the damn display. The infotainment system also responds to voice commands that follow the words ‘Hey Mercedes’.

Other features on the inside include the aforementioned steering wheel, which is an AMG unit and comes decked in leather and microfibre and features a 12 ‘o clock stripe. Also present is the Burmeister sound system and AMG Performance seats that hold you snugly even when you’re driving like a loon.

2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review : Performance

Let’s start with some numbers – 1,991cc, four cylinders, 415.71 bhp, 500Nm, 0 – 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 270km/h. This is no humdrum or half-baked AMG. Instead, it’s an AMG that dials everything all the way up to 11. On duty here is Mercedes’ cracking new M139 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged motor. Though very similar to its predecessor (M133), the M139 is built completely from the ground up. As cliched as it might sound, it’s a beast of an engine. As things stand today, it’s the most powerful four-pot motor in a production vehicle, which churns out 208bhp/litre, which means that each cylinder pumps out 104bhp. Just for reference, the VW Polo 1.0 TSI develops 108bhp from its three cylinders, and here in India, it’s something that we consider as a ‘hot hatch’. So, if that’s hot, the A45 S must be lava, right?

As reflected in the numbers above, the performance is equally galvanic. You’d imagine that putting a massive twin-scroll turbo on a puny 2.0-litre motor will result in bucketloads of lag, but somehow, that’s not the case. The four-pot motor kicks into action and goes ballistic as soon as boost starts building after 1,800rpm. The acceleration, as claimed, is relentless – the A45 S shoots forward as if it’s headed for outer space. There’s an incessant supply of power.

While performance is mind-blowing, there are two things that are particularly impressive – the refinement of the engine and the wide powerband. At no point does it sound or feel strained, and it never runs out of steam either. Even when you’re banging the rev-limiter at 7,200rpm, this motor doesn’t seem to stop assaulting your senses.

Playing along nicely with the engine’s hot-headedness is the A45’s 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Shifts are brutally quick and seamless. Whether you choose to change gears yourself with the paddle-shifters or leave the ‘box to its own devices, there’s no delay – it’s almost telepathic. The way the momentum builds up is terrific and mind-numbing. No wonder Mercedes markets it as a compact sports car and not a hot hatch – the A45 S feels every bit as fast and vicious as a V8 AMG.

There are six driving modes – Slippery, Individual, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Race. In the latter two modes, every single component on the A45 – steering, suspension, engine, and transmission – reacts instantly to your inputs. The exhaust flaps also kick into action in Sport+ and Race modes, which means that you get to hear those deep and raspy cracks and burbles on overrun. Go flat out, and you can briefly hear the exhaust pipes gurgling in between the 8-speeder’s instantaneous gear shifts – typical AMG indulgence, this. In Comfort mode, it’s a bit more civil, but it still refuses to shake off its AMG hangover.

2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S Review : Riding & Comfort

This M 139 engine is still central to the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S experience away from the racetrack, as it should be in a true AMG. The 421PS and 500 Nm in S guise make it the most powerful 2.0-litre turbo engine ever fitted to a production car, and with its 211PS specific output, one of the most power-dense engines currently on sale. But these numbers are hardly a representation of the motor’s best attribute, that being how easily it adjusts itself to any situation you might find yourself in with the A 45 S.

So while the fact that the engine is handbuilt the same way as the big AMG V8 and comes with an unending list of clever enhancements can make the whole affair quite intimidating at first, it couldn’t be any further from reality. On our favourite set of twisties, the A 45 S was mesmerizing. Even though the hot hatch is probably too fast for any given stretch of your go-to driving road, its true genius is that it never makes you feel this way. Far from being lumpen and highly strung while carving through these tight, fairly technical corners, the A 45 S seems to egg you on with its poise and responses.

There’s power throughout the rev-range, not dissimilar to a large naturally aspirated motor, which means that you can choose from any number of gears while entering a corner, at speeds that sometimes defy belief. And then there is the rest of the package to complement this. The A 45 S’ front end feels sharp and communicative, nothing like your usual fast front-driven car. And the variable-ratio steering handily enhances this sensation, it quickens progressively and naturally without feeling twitchy, always feeling positive during small corrections or at heavier turn-ins. The 19-inch tyres aren’t overly aggressive with their 245-section, which seems to help with these impressions.

The trick AWD system, especially in the more potent Sport+ and Race modes where up to 80 per cent of the torque can be sent to the rear, means that you will have to be really stupid before there’s any hint of understeer. This system with its clutched rear differential keeps the hatchback pinned down around bends with its fine torque distribution, so the car always stays true to its line. And with the heavily reinforced body and the beefed-up suspension componentry, there’s no real nervousness even around some of the tight, heavily cambered corners we put the small AMG through. Also, the A 45 S isn’t too big in the larger scheme of things, even though it is probably the largest hatch you can buy in the country, which means that you can place the car confidently on the road and pick your best line.

The drama doesn’t just end at the corners, the A 45 S’ party trick is its top-end performance. The motor is already throwing up some serious power in the mid-range, but get past 5,000 rpm and the small AMG seems to explode out to its 7,000 rpm redline with a slightly synthesized but still raucous four-cylinder roar. If you can find yourself a long enough straight to experience this, you’ll need immense willpower to not do it more than once, especially since the launch control program is so easy to engage.

And in all this excitement, the gearbox seems to fade away in the background. Which is a compliment more than anything else. The 8-speed AMG-tuned DCT is sharp and decisive with its shifts, always keeping you right in the thick of the powerband. You never really find yourself reaching for the paddles because the gearbox is already there before you’ve thought of it. It’s also intelligent enough to serve up downshifts optimally and keep the engine fully boosted around bends.

But what truly makes this smallest of AMGs a great car is how it feels when you aren’t dropping 4-second 0 to 100 sprints. On a city commute, the A 45 S feels as calm and usable as any other A-Class. Better still, in fact, because of how optimized the drivetrain is to reduce lag. So the AMG will amble around quietly in its Comfort setting, shuffling gears around to keep moving with no sense of the urgency it can summon up. The steering also slacks off to feel like any other Mercedes but we do think Mercedes-Benz India could have offered the adaptive dampers as standard on the India-spec car. The standard setup is great on smooth roads but causes the A 45 S to judder and twitch over uneven city streets.

Thankfully, most of this dies out as speed builds, where the A 45 S is again impressively refined on a steady highway cruise. The limited suspension travel means you will have to slow down over undulations, although with the performance on offer overtakes and holding speeds are a non-event. And inexplicably, the cherry on the cake happens to be that the A 45 S is actually quite an efficient car for what it is.

Our Opinion

The Mercedes-AMG A45 S is everything you want out of a modern-day hot hatch — breakneck top speeds, immaculate handling, aggressive styling, and a comfortable cabin. This is all available in the A45 S, but you’ll have to fork over a small fortune. RM459,888 to be exact. While it is a steep price to pay, you will have to take into consideration that it doesn’t have some of the features one can come to expect from a premium brand.

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