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This is the new Mercedes A45 AMG, one of the most powerful hot hatches ever built.

The A45 is also the first hot hatch that Mercedes’ AMG tuning division has ever built, and it’s gone all out with its initial attempt: there’s a 355bhp turbocharged engine, four-wheel drive, a seven-speed twin-clutch paddleshift gearbox, and the performance to embarrass a Porsche 911.

It’s a rival for the BMW M135i and new Audi S3, but is it any good? Read on for CAR’s first drive review of the new Mercedes A45 AMG.



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