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Mercedes-AMG A35 Vs A45 S Drag Race: How Much Speed Does £15k Buy You?

This drag race pits AMG's two hot hatchbacks against each other, to see how much extra performance you're getting in the pricey A45

Remind me later

The Mercedes-AMG A45 S is - as we’ve said many times before - staggeringly fast. It’s a hot hatch that’s faster than many supercars, but Mercedes does make you pay dearly for that potency - it starts at a wallet-destroying £50,570 in the UK.

Is that worth it when the A35 is almost exactly £15,000 less? After all, the ‘lesser’ AMG hatch isn’t exactly slow, with 306bhp making for a still very fast 4.7-sec 0-62mph time.

The all-wheel drive system is more sophisticated in the A45, of course (no Drift Mode for you, A35 owners), but in pure straight-line performance terms, you might wonder what £15k buys you. To find out, Car Expert put the two cars on the same drag strip.

Mercedes-AMG A35 Vs A45 S Drag Race: How Much Speed Does £15k Buy You? - News

Before the face-off, the Australian publication tested each car individually to see how close to the claimed figures they could get, and also tried runs in the A45 S with and without launch control. We won’t drop any spoilers, but suffice to say the system is definitely worth using if you want a swift getaway.

Which one of the two would you go for?