Photo Comparison: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG vs BMW M135i

BMW M | February 14th, 2013 by 12
Bild Vergleich BMW M135i F20 Mercedes A45 AMG 01 750x500

Mercedes-Benz confirmed yesterday the launch of a new model: A45 AMG. The compact and fast hatch will make its debut next month at the 2013 …

Mercedes-Benz confirmed yesterday the launch of a new model: A45 AMG. The compact and fast hatch will make its debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and is set to take on the BMW M135i and Audi S3 Sportback.

Based on the A-Class hatchback, the A45 is engineered by the AMG division to include numerous performance, handling and styling upgrades. The one thing that impresses us is the powerplant found under the hood: a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder which produces 360 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired to a seven-speed AMG dual-clutch transmission and power is sent to the ground using 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Bild Vergleich BMW M135i F20 Mercedes A45 AMG 04 655x490

Preliminary tests show a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

In comparison, the BMW M135i is powered by a 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque (450 Nm) at 4,500 rpm. The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing. The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 155 mph.

For years BMWBLOG has been comparing new models that join the premium segment and we made no exception today. Below, you have a visual comparison of the BMW M135i and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. While we can’t speak yet on the real life performance of the two vehicles, we can at least give us our opinion on the design of the two cars, so let us know in the comments below which one you like best.

[Photos: Bimmertoday]

12 responses to “Photo Comparison: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG vs BMW M135i”

  1. Alex F says:

    The merc can have 500+ hp and a 3.5s 0-62 time, as long as it looks like a squashed bug up at the front and has that disgraceful interior I’ll take the M135i all day long

  2. McRee says:

    somehow the 1 series looks special…while beautiful,,the Mercedes looks kinda boring

  3. JameSEO says:

    Looking at the rear of both of them, it’s hard to say the Benz is boring, compared to the Bimmer. The front of the Bimmer is much slicker than the front-end of Benz. They’re both arguably uglier than the other. I still can’t wait to see either one in real life. I keep reading that these are nice looking cars. Maybe the pictures don’t serve them justice. Should do a photo comparison of them with a Prius.

  4. Sinj says:

    Merc looks a mix of reworked Audi A3 and a 1series. The badge will sell the car, aficionados will choose the BMW and Audi.

  5. BMWFreaky says:

    Merc all the way, I don’t know about the handling of both cars but the A45 is superior in and outside, the M135i still an ugly big

  6. JRobUSC says:

    I don’t imagine these cars will be price competitive — the A45 AMG being a full on AMG car is probably going to cost more than the “tweaked by M” 135i (or M135i xDrive). If and when BMW comes out with another full on 1M (and I’m hoping they come out with a sedan and hatch version) we’d have a more realistic comparison.

  7. auaq says:

    Both of them are not bad I say! And especially that amg engine and all from a 2.0L 4 pot banger.

  8. digivue says:

    I will have to go with Benz here. I cannot get over bimmer’s ugly front fascia. Those headlights are obnoxious.

  9. viper says:

    hmm…both are interesting , on paper a class has more power , bmw delivers torque at lower rpm which is crucial , 0 to 100 is less important here , I think bmw will do faster on track , however I really enjoy the quality interior of merc , it looks more premium , check out those seats , that is sick!

  10. viper says:

    a45 amg is a real amg car , will there be a true M 1 series this time?

  11. Kenny says:

    BMW Killer. The A45 is sexy and fast than the ugly 1 series

  12. ara kalam says:

    the technology of the 135i is good, but sadly spoiled by the ugly exterior and boring interior.
    have test A45, 135i and Golf GTi, and oh boy, the A45 handles like a charm, attacking corners with mind-boggling capability and the interior feels so premium.

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