What is it?
On paper, this looks like a real sweet spot of the Mercedes-Benz A-class range. Models lower down the range have underwhelmed with their lack of driver involvement, leaving you to have to shell out almost £40,000 on the range-topping A 45 AMG and its overhauled chassis to get an A-class that truly puts a smile on your face and has a very high level of dynamic polish.
Here could be the answer, though. The catchily titled A 250 Engineered by AMG 4Matic does what it says on the boot lid: it is an all-wheel-drive A 250 AMG Sport that has had Mercedes’ in-house performance division, AMG, fit a bespoke suspension to to create an A 45 AMG-lite-like experience in the way it rides and handles for almost £10,000 less. That’s the theory, at least.
New 18-inch alloys with fatter 235/40 tyres are also fitted to complete the dynamic overhaul. The 208bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and all-wheel drive system remain unchanged over the A 250 AMG Sport, and like the A 250 AMG Sport, it is also available in standard front-wheel drive.
Visual changes of the A 250 Engineered by AMG over the standard A 250 Sport AMG include a new grille, bi-xenon headlights and some bespoke trim, plus some new trim and a longer standard equipment list inside.