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Honest Review: 2021 Mercedes-AMG A-Class Hatchback on Everyman Driver

The new Mercedes-AMG A-Class models represent an ideal point of entry to the world of Mercedes-AMG as well as absolute peak performance.

The AMG-specific radiator grille, the front apron with flics on the air intakes, a front splitter, and trim in silver chrome are all hallmark features of the Mercedes-AMG design idiom. Other typical AMG touches include the optionally available 48.3 cm (19-inch) multi-spoke wheels and the AMG side skirts. These all add up to a bold statement that’s borne out by bold performance.

Big fun in a small package: A compact 2.0-litre four pumps out 302 turbo horses. AMG Performance 4MATIC turns towering torque into tight handling. And the roomy, flexible cabin is packed with big ideas.

Born to perform, developed to outperform: A Mercedes-AMG engine starts with the state of the art. Everything from fuel pressure to exhaust routing is developed to quicken, heighten and intensify its response, and yours. From patented processes to cut friction to a new generation of electrified performance, AMG technology is fueled by its racing success.

The enchantment of AMG enhancement: AMG wizardry conjures up 302 hp and 295 lb-ft from a compact, efficient 2.0 litres. A liquid-cooled turbo, reduced friction, and high-pressure Direct Injection are some of the science. Rushing to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds is part of the magic.

Quick-thinking shifting: The dual-clutch AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed can shift faster than mere mortals. Multiple modes and shift paddles put its powers in your hands. Partial ignition cutoff during upshifts and rev-matched downshifts heighten its delights.

Senses of connection: The digital cockpit engages your vision, touch and voice. Dual reconfigurable 10.25-inch displays include a central touchscreen, plus three touch interfaces and an advanced voice assistant. And 64-colour ambient lighting brightens your driving mood.

Definitude for your digits: Fingertip control of gear changes, cabin features, and available performance settings keep you in charge with your hands on the AMG Performance steering wheel. Its Nappa leather rim is also available with DINAMICA microsuede side grips.

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