Living in a city does have its advantages: there is a grocery store 5 minute away, a coffee shop downstairs, and you don't have to worry about driving home after a visit to a pub. Yet there are limitations in terms of what kind of car you can own, and that's where super hatch-backs from premium brands come in.
Back in July we have already looked at the brilliant new Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, which was displayed from the day it was announced in Japan at Mercedes Benz Connection in Roppongi
Cost of Ownership:
While the car itself is priced at premium level (think Lexus IS350 F-Sport), it does deliver plenty of bang for the buck. Ownership should be fairly balanced with good fuel economy and small engine should be good on road taxes. High pressure motor like this, however, would require frequent oil changes and I wouldn't expect those tires to last.
It's a hatch-back, which makes it synonymous with practicality. While it doesn't have the versatility of previous model, it can still be very useful.
The Exhaust is only noisy during acceleration and gear changes so it would not bother passengers during long cruise. Ride is firm, but not punishing. If comfort is a priority I would recommend stock model with 18 inch wheels.
This is one of the best looking hatch backs out there. The design has been carefully worked through to make it truly remarkable. Despite its small body it has the true appeal of a Mercedes Benz.
The car is an absolute blast to drive, but it does feel a bit on rails due to its very high grip. Another-words, I don't even know how to drive it close to its limit, as it feels very technological and almost pre-programmed. Nonetheless it accelerates like a bat from hell, goes through corners as it's glued to the road and makes absolutely astonishing noise, and if that's not fun, I don't know what is.
I would like to thank Mercedes Benz Connection Tokyo for letting me drive and photograph their cars.
Mercedes Benz A45 AMG is available from Mercedes Benz Japan starting from 6400000 Yen.
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