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The Mercedes-AMG A35 should be on your hot-hatch short list

Get a taste of crazy German performance in a small package

The 'Sun Yellow' paint shouts performance. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

When you hear Mercedes-AMG, what initially come to mind are cars such as the sleek and sexy GT, and probably the absurd Project One. We are here to inform you though, that the brand also has several smaller offerings, especially if you’re looking for your next hot hatch.

This is the A35, your gateway drug into the crazy, high-performance world of AMG.

Yes, that is an honest-to-goodness rear spoiler on the roof. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Based on the petite Mercedes A-Class hatchback, expect aerodynamic improvements on it as it features the full-fat AMG aero package that has been developed in actual wind tunnels. You get bits such as the signature AMG grille, more aggressive bumpers and fenders, and a prominent roof-mounted rear wing.

This 2.0-liter turbocharged engine packs one hell of a punch. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Powering the whole shebang is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger mated to a seven-speed AMG SpeedShift DCT. This may sound small, but a power output of 306hp and 400Nm in a package that weighs 1,580kg allows the vehicle to rocket to 100km/h from a standstill in 4.7 seconds.

It rides on an AMG-tuned suspension, and power is sent to all four wheels via the 4Matic four-wheel-drive system. It runs on 19-inch AMG five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels with high-performance brakes, so it is more than capable of carving corners and stopping on a dime when you need it to.

Mercedes is good at making futuristic-looking cabins appear sporty. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Even with all its sportiness, it still is a luxurious vehicle and has the premium features to prove it. It has a Nappa-leather performance steering wheel, sport seats, and stainless steel pedals. The AMG menu has options to display a G-meter, a race timer, and engine data.

MBUX is front-and-center with two 10.25-inch screens (instrument and infotainment) that are voice-controlled. It supports modern phone connectivity, and there is a wireless charger so no more fiddling with cables.

You can have your piece of luxury cake with this hot hatch. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Other creature comforts include a Burmester surround-sound system, 64-color ambient lighting, heated front seats with fatigue-fighting energizing seat kinetics, heat-insulating glass, and driver aids like blind-spot monitoring and active lane-keeping assist.

For more details, you can visit this site or any of the Mercedes-Benz dealerships found in EDSA-Greenhills, Bonifacio Global City, Alabang and Cebu.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.