It's the hottest hatch around, but is the Mercedes-AMG A45 S' R1.1m price tag justified?

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• The Mercedes-AMG A45 S was launched in SA in late 2020.

• The car is powered by a 310kW 2.0-litre petrol engine.

• The A45 S can clear 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds.

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As 2020 drew to a close, Mercedes-AMG launched the latest iteration of its A-Class super hatch: the A45 S. Powered by the world's most potent production 2.0-litre engine, the A45 S is endowed with stellar performance and the looks to match. This car can embarrass almost anything on the road and make the person commanding it look like an absolute hero.

However, that performance comes at a price: R1 156 840.

Yes, more than one million Rand for a performance hatchback and it will probably render comments in the lines of 'stupid to spend that much money on a car'. But is it really?

Performance explained

When Merc announced its new A45 S, one of the big talking points about the car was its turbocharged engine. With 310kW and 500Nm to its disposal, the figures put anything and everything in its path to shame. Now, that's a lot of power to come from a small capacity engine, but Mercedes says it took the necessary steps in ensuring the mill's longevity.

READ: Blasphemy or reality: 2022 Mercedes-AMG C63 ditches V8 for A45's 310kW 2.0-litre engine

Matched to the automaker's 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system, the A45 S can scatter from 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds and clock out at 270km/h. These figures can rival sports cars more expensive than it and allow the car to tread in the realm of formerly uncharted territories. The A45 S is the first production hatchback to break the magical 4.0sec barrier, with the next Audi RS3 Sportback possibly in line to join in on the conversation.

The sports hatch's driving traits are ideally suited to a racetrack. But if a track is not within reach, the suspension can be slightly unforgiving for daily use. Even with the driving mode in Comfort, it can still be a bit intense. However, whether the driving mode is in Sport+ or Race, thrashing the car around a mountain pass will do. The driving dynamics are utterly astounding.

Would you consider the A45 S as a purchasing option? Email us with your thoughts or use the comment section below.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG A45 S

But is it worth it, though?

Logic will quickly answer that question: No, it isn't. It goes against what should be logically acceptable, and there is no need for a car that is this stupendously fast. Yet, when owning a stupendously fast hatchback - the quickest production hatchback in the world - then logic needs to take a step back. The A45 S delivers performance in droves and will give its owner, or driver, a large amount of street cred.

The A45 S is expensive, yes, but you are buying into the type of performance formerly reserved for Ferrari's and Lamborghini's.

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2021 Mercedes-AMG A45 S
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