The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.
The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.

Which Mercedes-Benz AMG to buy? The A45 or the CLA45

THE Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG hatch or the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG coupe?

That is a conundrum I would love to face. Both under $100 grand, both with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder donk that can launch you from standstill to 100kmh in less than five seconds and both are absolutely outstanding.

It's a little like being asked whether you would take Elle Macpherson or Pamela Anderson during their heyday (insert George Clooney and Russell Brand if that's more your speed)…both alluring and sexy, but one is just a little bit naughtier than the other.

The A45 AMG hatch.
The A45 AMG hatch.

It's loud, proud and begs to be thrown around.

The CLA45 feels somewhat classier. It still bangs and crackles from the exhaust, perhaps not quite as much (maybe you just don't hear the soundtrack quite as clearly due to the coupe styling), but it feels slightly more regal in its savage delivery of power.

Not much splits the pairing when it comes to cornering prowess. The all-wheel drive system is an absolute gem, sending power to the rear wheels when it detects loss of traction.

The CLA45 AMG.
The CLA45 AMG.

When it comes to practicality, the CLA is the winner. There is a large boot and more space in the rear for adults, but the area does feel more enclosed with a large rear pillar and small window.

The hatch meanwhile offers greater load flexibility with the seats folded.

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the CLA is the catwalk winner with its lustrous coupe skin.

I'll forgo Pammy and Elle (as well as Russell and George), but can I have both AMGs? One for each foot.

VITAL STATISTICS
Model:
Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.
Details: Five-door all-wheel drive performance hatch.
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder generating maximum power of 265kW @ 6000rm and peak torque of 450Nm @ 2250-5000rpm.
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic.
Consumption: 6.9 litres/100km.
CO2: 161g/km.
Performance: 0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds, top speed 270kmh (electronically limited).
Bottom line: $74,900

VITAL STATISTICS
Model:
Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.
Details: Four-door all-wheel drive performance coupe.
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder generating maximum power of 265kW @ 6000rm and peak torque of 450Nm @ 2250-5000rpm.
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic.
Consumption: 7.0 litres/100km.
CO2: 161g/km.
Performance: 0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds, top speed 270kmh (electronically limited).
Bottom line: $86,900.



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