The bigger part of these two elements is the buying – because before you even start getting involved with the options list, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 demands a lot of your money even before you worry about the ownership costs.

It’s two-Ford-Fiesta-STs-and-change sort of money. Or a Fiesta ST and a Caterham Seven Supersport, if you’re happy to do a bit of spannering.

Darren Moss

Darren Moss

Content editor
Don't go overboard on options; it's well equipped as standard

Residual values for the A 45 aren't bad but you'd hope to get more of your money back after three years. Equivalents like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, or BMW M140i, depreciate to a similar extent.

Our original test car cost more than £50,000, which is faintly ludicrous. Although we returned nearly 30mpg during testing, you have to do a lot of miles at slow motorway speeds before you’ll feel like you’ve recouped your costs over cheaper but thirstier sports hatchbacks. If the A 45 feels special enough to you, it's possible to forgive it.

When it comes to ordering an A 45 AMG, don't go to town on the extras list. As standard the A 45 comes with plenty of kit and any frivolous extras, in particular those with 'carbonfibre' next to them, won't boost residual values or really serve to improve the basic car.

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