TRADITIONAL AMG models have been big, brash and brutish in their performance delivery. However, in the case of the A 45 AMG model Mercedes has created a very hot hatch, thanks in the main to the class-busting 360 horsepower produced by its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. And in reality it's much more than a just hot hatch on steroids.
As is the case with every AMG car, you buy into the the culture of the hand built engine plus the numerous bespoke set-up and tuning mods over and above any convetional Sport-badged Mercedes. And being a thoroughly modern AMG car, the A 45 boasts an intelligent all-wheel drive system that directs power to where you need it most. A helpful addition when car can sprint from rest to 62mph in a blistering 4.6 seconds.
With all the engine's power comes control. A...