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Mercedes-AMG A 35

(2018 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

64
%
C

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

79
%
A

Eco Rating:

51
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

38
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

64
%
C

Used car score:

62
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

79
%
A

Eco Rating:

51
%
C

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

38
%
D

Summary


The Mercedes-AMG A 35 is a performance version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class by the company’s performance division, AMG. It was launched at the 2018 Paris motor show.

The A 35 model is a new addition to the Mercedes-AMG family, sitting between the regular Mercedes A-Class models and the range-topping A 45 model, the second-generation version of which joined the range in late 2019. It’s available as either a five-door hatchback or a four-door saloon, like the regular A-Class models.

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 has received good to very good reviews from the UK motoring media, with praise for its overall performance and high-quality interior. However, its price premium above the regular A-Class range has pulled its scores down accordingly.

The A 35 also suffers a bit in terms of media reviews by being not as fast and exuberant as the range-topping A 45 version, which journalists absolutely love. However, for normal customers handing over their own money, the A 35 is still exceptionally rapid. It’s also easier to live with, cheaper to run and more comfortable on a day-to-day basis. The styling is also slightly more toned down compared to the A 45, which plenty of customers will prefer.

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-AMG A 35 has a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 64%. It has an excellent safety rating, although its media reviews and CO2 emissions are only average, while its running costs are poor. It’s worth noting we don’t have any reliability data at this time, so check back again soon.

A 35 highlights

  • Cheapest member of the Mercedes-AMG line-up
  • Rapid straight-line performance
  • Refined, high-end interior trim
  • Innovative infotainment
  • Comfortable drive with good body control

A 35 lowlights

  • Not a very practical choice
  • Less driving appeal than A 45
  • More expensive than hot hatch rivals
  • Optional extras very pricey
  • Engine sounds a bit subdued

Key specifications


Body style: Mid-size hatch and saloon
Engine: petrol
Price: From £46,075 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: Winter 2022/23
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Daily Mirror

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Evo

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 96%
Child protection: 91%
Vulnerable road users: 92%
Safety assist: 75%

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 has not specifically been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but it shares its safety rating with the overall A-Class range that scored five stars when it was tested in 2018.

Available as standard on the A 35 is automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and driver attention monitoring. Blind-spot monitoring is also available for an extra cost.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Mercedes-AMG A 35 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mercedes-AMG A 35 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the A 35, we’ll publish the results here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models33 mpgE32 – 36 mpgD – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models192 g/kmC189 – 199 g/kmC – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models34C19 – 37A – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£410D
Year 2£948C
Year 3£1,601D
Year 4£1,760C
Year 5£2,415D
Overall£7,134D

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 is faster and more luxurious than a regular A-Class, so its not surprising that it will cost you more to own and run as well. This is based on data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption for petrol models is poor, while road tax will also hurt over the first five years as the A 35 is stung by the government’s additional tax on cars over £40K.

Insurance is actually prettty decent for an AMG model, but servicing costs over the first five years are significantly more expensive than a regular A-Class.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mercedes-AMG A 35 has received

2019

  • News UK Motor Awards – Hot Hatch of the Year

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The Mercedes-AMG A 35 has received good reviews from the UK media, with praise for its performance and interior, but criticism for a lack of driver engagement.Mercedes-AMG A 35