The Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG is an ultra-high performance hot hatchback based on the regular A-Class.

It combines hatchback family car practicality with breath-taking performance, incredible levels of grip and running costs which are fairly low consider the speeds this car is capable of.

With a maximum output of 355bhp and up to 450Nm of pulling power, the A 45 AMG’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine is the most powerful series production four-cylinder powerplant in the world. the result is a 0 to 62mph acceleration time of just 4.6 seconds while its top speed stands at 155 mph (electronically limited).

On the road it’s certainly an event. The noise is aggressive and the handling – thanks to four-wheel drive – is balanced and stable with a huge amount of grip.

Although this is a serious performance car, the A 45 AMG leads its segment in terms of fuel consumption, returning an official average of 40.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 161g/km.