The A35 AMG is Mercedes answer to the VW Golf R and Honda Civic Type-R – a proper performance hatch. While a lot of people still want them to bring back the old A45, this is a nice replacement. It’s got 302bhp and is a real treat to drive. On top of that, it looks great – the interior is insanely stylish and has some wonderful little surprising details. We think it doesn’t just compare with the Golf R, it outstrips it.

Cash alternative
302 bhp
0-62mph 4.7 seconds