2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 First Test: Subcompact Sleeper


2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 First Test: Subcompact Sleeper

It makes all the right noises when you want it to, it can hustle like some of the top sport sedans on the market, and its chassis delivers at the test track. It had better, because it wears an AMG badge. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic isn’t what you’d call a traditional model from the go-fast division of Mercedes-Benz, but the AMG team has done its best to bring its amplified aesthetic to the entry-level A-Class sedan.

This isn’t exactly foreign territory for AMG, given it has already worked its technical mastery on versions of the related CLA- and GLA-Class. But this is the first AMG-tuned version of the latest-generation A-Class, the automaker’s front-drive-based, four-cylinder subcompact sedan introduced to the U.S. market for the first time back in 2018.

The AMG A35 swaps out the 188-hp 2.0-liter turbo I-4 in the base A-Class for an AMG-enhanced variant of the engine making 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is also found in the AMG versions of GLA and CLA35. Power routes through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and is delivered to the pavement via all-wheel drive. AMG engineers optimized the Benz DCT and the 4Matic system to get the most out of a car that weighs 3,480 pounds and has 61 percent of its weight over the front wheels. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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