Mercedes-AMG A35 vs VW Golf R | PH Video

If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, the Mercedes-AMG A35 must border on the sycophantic where the VW Golf R is concerned. Both have 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engines, both have about 300hp, both have exactly 295lb ft of torque, both are all-wheel drive, both have seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions and both cost in the region of £35,000. Spooky. It's almost as if Mercedes-AMG has seen the success of the Golf R since 2014 and aimed to muscle in on its patch with a very similar rival...

Which is exactly why we have them together on video. Given VW and AMG are so evenly matched on the spec sheet, can there really be any differences on the road? Is one actually a better hot hatch than the other? That's what Dan P will answer in this video.

Handily enough for the all-weather, all-season hot hatch case, Wales was sopping wet when this was filmed last month. Yes, last month being June. Dan nearly got his hair spoilt and everything.

Still, professional that he is, Prosser persevered, the end result being the video that can be seen below. We really hope you enjoy it; if there are any suggestions for drives, tests and features you'd like to see on the PH YouTube channel, please let us know. And don't forget to subscribe!



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  • Nerdherder 06 Jul 2019

    Some folks might find a review putting these against each other gedooid, but I well enjoyed Dan’s take on them and think he raised touched upon exactly the right points of both. The A35 to me is more (pleasingly) dramatic in terms of design (on all fronts) and it sounds better so wins. I’d happily drive around in either of them though.

  • Cups Renault 06 Jul 2019

    Fart, fart four pot
    Why the four exhausts?

  • gregalfa 06 Jul 2019

    Review would have been far more relevant if both cars had adaptive dampers. Leaving aside this issue do the “differences” not boil down to personal taste?

  • DoubleD 06 Jul 2019

    Cups Renault said:
    Fart, fart four pot
    Why the four exhausts?
    Why not?

  • ducnick 06 Jul 2019

    Cups Renault said:
    Fart, fart four pot
    Why the four exhausts?
    A visual cue it’s not the 1.5l diesel version? Does seem like overkill to break the single pipe into 4 small tail pipes. Inline 4 require 1 pipe and 1 pipe only. Only place for this sort of weight adding bling is on the MV Augusta f4

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