RE: 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S | UK Review

RE: 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S | UK Review

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Gameface

12,897 posts

32 months

Tuesday 18th February
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C.MW said:
Something Mitsubishi did with the Evo at a cheaper price some decades ago. Here it's only flashier on the inside, costs more, and still can't quite match the best the Evo had to offer in terms of driver engagement. Decent, but wouldn't call it exceptional.
The factory EVO's (and Impreza's )with comparable power to this cost a fortune.

Probably more than the A45 taking inflation into account.

And needed servicing every twenty minutes...

drpep

1,407 posts

123 months

Tuesday 18th February
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thecremeegg said:
Pistonheads everybody, where speed matters, as long as it's in a car that's under 1000Kg, manual, no dashboard and will break every 5 minutes,

What an unbeliveably boring lot you all are!
You’ve got a point, I mean, There’s fun to be had here for sure. It just seems like it misses the mark for a hot hatch - it’s pretty heavy and personally I think there’s more fun to be had with a 3-pedal car, especially on the great roads you have in the UK.

Progress is progress. FWIW, I’d still take an M2 Competition over this in a heartbeat.

Leon R

665 posts

51 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Baldchap said:
My issue with the old A45 is that in my experience it's a complete chav wagon. Overly noisy, overly styled, excessively driven at all times. I suspect we'll see more of the same here. Time will tell.
So if you don't spec the AMG exhaust or aero pack and don't drive like a dick then you have no issues?

cerb4.5lee

15,254 posts

135 months

Tuesday 18th February
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drpep said:
thecremeegg said:
Pistonheads everybody, where speed matters, as long as it's in a car that's under 1000Kg, manual, no dashboard and will break every 5 minutes,

What an unbeliveably boring lot you all are!
You’ve got a point, I mean, There’s fun to be had here for sure. It just seems like it misses the mark for a hot hatch - it’s pretty heavy and personally I think there’s more fun to be had with a 3-pedal car, especially on the great roads you have in the UK.
Whilst my preference is 3 pedals for sure I think with this it is chasing as much performance as it can, so I can forgive it a little bit for only having 2 pedals.

I'm also a massive fan of the R35 GTR, and I wished that they had 3 pedals but they are the same and they chase ultimate performance so they go with 2 pedals as well. If a car is all about performance then I can(just about) turn a blind eye about the lack of a third pedal.

Fast Bug

8,414 posts

116 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Miserablegit said:
There was a Mercedes saloon next to me at a junction last night. Had a purple neon “mood” light around the dash and doors panels. Looked like a nightclub. Not a good look.
Then choose one of the other colours for mood lighting then, and if you don't like any of the colours then turn it off.

Apt username biggrin

sidesauce

1,308 posts

173 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Miserablegit said:
There was a Mercedes saloon next to me at a junction last night. Had a purple neon “mood” light around the dash and doors panels. Looked like a nightclub. Not a good look.
To be fair, that was the choice of the driver/owner - one can turn off the mood lighting if they wish or indeed have the option of other colours therefore that's not the fault of the car per se

GravelMachineGun

5,614 posts

114 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Cracking car no doubt but like previous A45 they have an image problem. Will be the drug dealer car of choice along with the S3 and Golf R.
As good as they all are if I were in the market for a hot hatch I'd be looking French or Japanese.

SFO

4,807 posts

138 months

Tuesday 18th February
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CLA 45 S will be lovely

Gitwhoismiserable

767 posts

78 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Fast Bug said:
Miserablegit said:
There was a Mercedes saloon next to me at a junction last night. Had a purple neon “mood” light around the dash and doors panels. Looked like a nightclub. Not a good look.
Then choose one of the other colours for mood lighting then, and if you don't like any of the colours then turn it off.

Apt username biggrin
Yeah cheer up

Wills2

17,112 posts

130 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Venisonpie said:
On the one hand it will leave that Cayman GTS for dead, on the other it's a bit on the garish side..
No it wouldn't, the GTS has a better power to weight ratio and a higher top speed, will be capable of pulling the same g through a corner (if not more) and is hardy lacking in traction on exit with that mid engine layout, you need a huge amount of additional capability to "leave another car for dead" on the road.

Traffic light LC enabled drags would go to the 45 but then you'd have to want to look like an arse...





Osinjak

2,942 posts

76 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Mr_Sukebe said:
1.6 tons. Just WTF?
Did Merc add tungsten into the chassis to keep the centre of gravity low.

Just another car with stupidly high limits of capability that's probably no fun at legal(ish) limits. Great for those pub bragging rights, or those insistent on proving how self important they are in traffic light grand prix.

No thanks.
Back to your Vauxhall Insignia for you then.

rolleyes

ghost83

3,877 posts

145 months

Tuesday 18th February
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51 grand

No thanks

I remember the previous a45 and rs3 been about 39-40k which was about right and they were trumped mostly by the 135i/140i at 31-32k

51k is just utterly ridiculous


Edited by ghost83 on Tuesday 18th February 10:07

TheDrBrian

3,076 posts

177 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Sad that even on the range topper the vents and such are fake.

Macboy

504 posts

160 months

Tuesday 18th February
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I can't get beyond the interior. I went in to have a look at the A-class for my wife and the interior is such a mess and the plastic chrome everywhere is hideous. It's like no one took overall control of the design - they just left individuals to get on with their own element and then stuck them all together. Urgh.

Dave Hedgehog

12,803 posts

159 months

Tuesday 18th February
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configurator is up

https://www.mercedes-benz.co.uk/passengercars/cont...

no options apart from paint? no aero pack I'm defiantly out

Edited by Dave Hedgehog on Tuesday 18th February 10:11

Court_S

2,612 posts

132 months

Tuesday 18th February
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I should like this, but whilst I respect it, I don’t desire it at all.

The interior, if anything remotely like lower models is awful. The silver plastic looks chintzy and feels cheap. The air vents feel flimsy and cheap too. The rockers to adjust the temperature are no where near the part of the screen that tells you the temperature. The alcantara dash inserts in my friends wife’s A250 are poorly fitted / stuck on. It doesn’t feel like a high end product and I don’t think that basic architecture is good enough at £51k plus.

The Mercedes voice assistant is a pain in the arse and not get useful too.

MISTLETOE

4 posts

5 months

Tuesday 18th February
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The list price is largely irrelevant in the current market. These cars are so accomplished that its just point and squirt. It boils down to the monthly deal you can negotiate and off you go. In a market where an RS4 starts at 64k for a bog standard car , its all about the brand and the monthlies.

No question its probably the quickest point to point car for that money and the least involving but if thats what the market demands. that's what sells.

Sport220

170 posts

30 months

Tuesday 18th February
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The fully loaded, aero pack like this one is £54,495 on the configurator

Dave Hedgehog

12,803 posts

159 months

Tuesday 18th February
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Sport220 said:
The fully loaded, aero pack like this one is £54,495 on the configurator
hmm i only get paint as an option ??

Gitwhoismiserable

767 posts

78 months

Tuesday 18th February
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ghost83 said:
51 grand

No thanks

I remember the previous a45 and rs3 been about 39-40k which was about right and they were trumped mostly by the 135i/140i at 31-32k

51k is just utterly ridiculous


Edited by ghost83 on Tuesday 18th February 10:07
Yeah Utterly ridiculous Hahaha