Why should I want it?
Described as Mercedes-AMG’s ‘entry model’, the A35 is a 306hp lower-medium-sized hatchback with a 2.0-litre engine and a sub-5.0 second 0-62mph time. It’s a nimble rocket of a car that gives the impression the driver will run out of talent well before the A35 loses composure.
Why can’t I have it?
That list price might not look too bad, but our car had almost £10,000 of optional extras and didn’t exactly feel over-specced. The appealing big rear wing and front diffuser are part of the £2595 styling package, while the AMG Premium Plus pack brings a lot of top-end equipment including the excellent 10.25-inch media touchscreen display – but that costs another £2395.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
The price tag is in line with a half-decent-specced C-Class, so the A35 isn’t that big a compromise, and the 167g/km of emissions and mid-30s economy figure aren’t too oppressive. Although (surprise, surprise) the latter will plunge if you begin to exploit the performance.
More fleety alternative
It’s only £4000 cheaper than the A35 in AMG Line specification, but the A220d has a 114g/km CO2 emissions figure and is one of the most company car-friendly models on sale because its RDE2 compliance means it dodges the 4% penalty inflicted on most diesels. It’s not exactly slow, either, with a 0-62mph time of 7.0 seconds.
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