In all its sport package glory, similarities with the A45 AMG cannot be unnoticed.
Sports bumper, 18-inch lightweight AMG alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40 R18 sports performance tires, sports suspension, red accents all across, and so on.
It also comes with a type of mesh grille, that was used in the prototype, which I actually like quite a lot.
It all comes together very well and creates an undeniable feeling of control and comfort, not often seen in hot hatches today.
There is also adequate amount of space in the back and trunk is very decently sized.
What I found even more pleasantly surprising is how this car goes. Start the engine and you are greeted with a very deep sound similar to a tuned JDM car with a massive muffler at the back.
And sound is just a small part of this package as, the 2L engine in this car is the detuned version of the one in the A45 AMG! The little four-banger produces an impressive 208 horse power and connects to front wheels through a quick shifting double clutch gear box.
The ride quality is firm, but not uncomfortable. Feedback through steering wheel is excellent and it is very easy to get a feel of this car. It is playful but those sticky fat tires keep the car planted. I threw the car into corners a couple of times and it was just glued to road.
I haven't driven the A45 AMG yet, so I cannot really comment how much more advanced that little monster is over this A250. But considering that AMG division played a role when this car was built, it is definitely worth the price. For those that think that 6.4 million for a hatch is ridiculous, just get this. It's a brilliant little car!
Cost of ownership:
The 2L inline four is proving to be very economical and there is also a bonus of lower engine size tax bracket in Japan. Car will probably require frequent oil changes and maintenance. Tire swaps should also be considered into running costs as performance tires with that size are pricey.
The limited cabin space in this compact car is efficiently used, and front occupants feel very spacious. That cannot be said about the occupants in the back if longer trip is required. There is plenty of storage, but I've seen more with easier access in the same car class.
Arguably the best looking hot hatch right now, and sporty aerodynamic parts just add to that aggressive look.
Brilliant handling and very responsive and powerful engine will keep the owners happy. Sadly there is no 4WD option yet, but this may change as A45 AMG is 4matic as is a CLA250.
As Always, thanks to Mercedes Benz Connection Tokyo for letting me drive this car.
Mercedes Benz A250 Sport is available from Mercedes Benz dealers across Japan for 4.2 million yen.