The hot hatch segment was popular in the 90s with cars such as the Civic type R, Golf GTI and Renault Clio Sport! Then it died for a while and then it came back again to life when VW introduce the GOLF R and Honda introduced the new CIVIC type R… Then ford joined the game with the Focus RS and Hyundai also introduced the I30N.. Mercedes too had the A45 going on with most powerful Turbo 4 cylinder engine.
Well, the time came for Mercedes to refresh their hot hatch, first they revealed the normal version of the A class which is the A250 front wheel drive or optional AWD, then they revealed the all new model which was not there in the A-Class line up! the A35 AMG… but dont be sad the A45 is coming back later.
Today we are going to talk about the A35 AMG which is made to compete with the Audi S3, Golf R, Civic Type R and the Megane RS.
2019 AMG A35 Engine
This model considered the cheapest model among all AMG other models, but its still impressive… you get a 4 cylinder Turbo engine with a 301 HP and 295 lb ft matched with a Dual Clutch 7 speed gear box and an AWD System. The car accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds making it 0.1 second slower than the GOLF R
The car will get and equivalent Sedan version, Here is a video showing the A35 AMG Hatch acceleration
2019 A35 AMG PRICE
The car priced at 45000 USD. Worth it? Hell yes not only because you get an outstanding performance and an AWD system but also you will get the new amazing Mercedes Infotainment and a well made interior.
If you are running a shorter budget then the next match will be the GOLF R or if you dont care about the AWD then you can get the Civic type R for 35K USD.
Talking more about this segment, the A35 and the Golf R both get AWD systems… Others like the Civic Type, Hyundai Veloster N /I30 N and Golf GTI only available in front wheel drive.
The Hyundai I30N got the best Value in my opinion, 275 HP with a well sorted-out manual gearbox and a nice exhaust system sound with all the craks you need to entertain your ears. It is more connected with the driver and more fun to drive than the A35 AMG because of the manual gearbox. The Civic Type R is a step up from the I30N with a little bit higher price tag but you get a fast Hatch with 306 HP and an excellent manual gear box.