While at first glance, this new A 45 seems to favour a more toned-down look than the previous-generation vehicle, it also offers enough exterior trimmings to showcase its performance intent. This A 45 definitely strikes a better balance between boy racer and sophisticated driving machine - performance looks without the superfluous flashy bits.
Upon closer inspection, there are plenty of performance-inspired design cues, with a menacing-looking front end and those 19-inch matt-black alloy wheels shod with Michelin tyres. Sitting over large red brake calipers, these wheels look the absolute business.
The beefed-up rear end features a modestly styled spoiler located high above a not-so-subtle set of exhaust pipes sitting either side of a sizeable diffuser.
Inside the cabin, the styling of our test car favoured a less-subtle look, with my kids and I greeted by red and black ‘Lugano’ leather upholstery across the seats and doors. Elsewhere, there is brush aluminium trim peppered throughout in addition to smart set of metal-trimmed pedals. The microfibre-clad AMG steering wheel looked and felt the part, too.