Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan is a Cracking Compact Performance Car
AMG's hot hatches aren't sold Stateside. But that doesn't mean you can't benefit from the brand's compact performance car engineering. Meet the A35 sedan.
An A34 for America
AMG's outstanding hot hatches have been forbidden fruit to American enthusiasts. The phenomenal A45 hatch is not sold in the United States and its smaller A35 sibling is not going to come Stateside either. But AMG has a very fair compromise in the offering: the A35 sedan.
Same A35 platform, but more practical
The A35 sedan has a similar wheelbase to the hatchback, but it does have more luggage space, thanks to the trunk. This more practical four-door body style can carry 1.4 cubic feet more luggage than the hatch, totaling a 14.8 cubic feet trunk capacity.
Not the most powerful, but more than adequate
Powering the A35 sedan is AMG's M133 engine but in a slightly milder state of tune than in the A45 cars. The 2-liter four-cylinder engine boasts 302hp and shifts power through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Driving all four wheels, it can run 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds.
Big and bigger wheel options
Although the A35 rolls from AMG's assembly plant on 18-inch alloys, you can inch those wheels up, by selecting an optional 19-inch rim. Handling dynamics are enhanced by the sedan's revised axle geometry, which isolates any dulling of the A35's steering feedback.
Black, red, and blue interior hues
This compact AMG performance sedan features a fully digital cockpit, with Mercedes-Benz's latest MBUX infotainment and Smartphone mastering interface. The steering wheel is a flat-bottomed item from AMG and five driving modes are selectable when you are seated behind it.
Subtle or strong sound options
At each corner of the A35 sedan's rear diffuser, are active exhaust tips. Although they might look a touch too small to make a meaningful sound, the acoustic signature of the A35 sedan is not lacking. Deep inside its exhaust system are active flaps, which can vary the sound intensity of the car, depending on a cockpit setting.
A wonderfully subtle sporting sedan
The A-Class sedan's teardrop profile works particularly well when adorned with a few AMG styling upgrades. Those larger wheels and the revised front and rear bumpers all combine to give the car presence and sophistication. Not quite as madly styled as the A45. But for some, a more subtle 302hp package is exactly what they need.
Clever bits you can't see
One of the cleverest engineering features on this A35 sedan is hidden from view. AMG's technical wizards have added a special 'shearing plate' under the engine. This structural bracing increases the car's front-third torsional rigidity, improving handling and sharpening its turn-in ability.
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