DRIVEN: Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan

Might be Mercedes-AMG's smallest sedan, but it does pack a punch.
Might be Mercedes-AMG's smallest sedan, but it does pack a punch.

Created to do battle with the likes of the BMW M235i Gran Coupe. If you’re looking to get into the AMG world, the Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan is one to get you in.

Right of the bat, it’s a beautiful looking car. At the front it’s unassuming, it looks like a normal A-Class (besides the canards which give it away). The rear of the A35 is its party piece. Equipped with the AMG Aerodynamics package it adds a diffuser blade, larger AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid, and lateral airflow breakaway edges around the simulated air outlets. All these a finished in high-gloss black. Mercedes-AMG has managed to find a balance between classy and sporty with this car.

The inside of the the A35 is a classy affair. Adding more bling only means spending more kaching. One of the highlights for me when it comes to this interior is the steering wheel. It’s an AMG Performance steering wheel that is wrapped in Nappa leather and looks gorgeous. Its flat bottom makes it easier to hold and makes it look that much more desirable. The infotainment system is a Mercedes-Benz MBUX system but features unique AMG graphics. It features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but Mercedes has to play catch-up as it doesn’t have wireless capabilities for either of the two.

The Mercedes-Benz A35 Sedan is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder engine that produces 225 kW and 400Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7-Speed dual-clutch gearbox. It’s relatively easy to launch: put the car in Sport+ mode, traction control in handling mode (make sure it’s in drive), floor the brake, floor the throttle and as soon as RACE START – Sidestep it and away you good. It has a claimed 0 – 100 km/h sprint time of just 4.8 seconds and will go to do a top speed of 250 km/h. The increase in speed is accompanied by some aggressive up-shifts which adds to the drama of launching this car hard. It’s surprisingly comfortable, which is due to its optional adaptive suspension which adds comfort mode. It handles quite well and with some spirited driving, you’re assured plenty of grip thanks to its 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is quite a well put together package. If the A35 doesn’t have the kind of power you’re looking for, Mercedes-AMG does offer the more potent A45 Hatch and CLA45 that produce an insane 310kW and are stupidly quick. As much as the A35 is less powered, it’s a likeable car and one you can live with every day.

Specs

  • Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged 4 cylinder
  • Power: 225 kW
  • Torque: 400 Nm
  • Transmission: 7-Speed DCT
  • Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h – 4.8 Seconds
  • Top Speed: 250 km/h
  • Fuel Consumption: 7.4 L/100 km (claimed)
  • Price: R 974 360

Malusi Msomi
Lover of all things cars. Automotive photographer, freelance motoring journalist and founder of one of the biggest social media automotive communities in the country, DBN Spotter. My world revolves around three words; Drive, shoot, write.