When it comes to high-performance, entry-level luxury compacts, it seems like all of the players are delivering something worth considering.

Mercedes-Benz has been keen to expand its AMG lineup. And as we've seen in recent years, it's not shy to deliver things like an AMG CLA or GLA. This continues with the addition of the AMG GLB and A-Class.

So, what's the A35 really like?

Apparently, better than one would expect. We cut to the chase by sharing with you Autocar's notes, but I suggest you read the FULL review if you're interested.

Should I buy one?

This is a cliché but, in this case, a cliché worth repeating: the A35 Saloon would really benefit from a good manual gearbox.

With its loud-mouthed engine and subtle looks, it has a likeable degree of Q-car character, but its handling isn't engaging enough for the driving experience to really get under your skin. And it doesn't offer the same rolling refinement as the soon-to-be-replaced Audi S3 Saloon, so it really does need to entertain...

...Nevertheless, if you're already on the hunt for an A35 hatchback or something of similar ilk, the A35 Saloon is worth considering. It's more practical, less common and just as phenomenally capable – and perhaps has just a smidge more AMG swagger, if still not quite as much as we'd hoped.

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