BMW and Mercedes-Benz – please, please, please bring the M135i and A45 AMG hatchbacks to North America. For as long as we can remember, buyers in the New World have been forced to look longingly at Europe and Great Britain and the excellent super hatches that are so routinely offered there. And while we're quite content with the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI, having a 360-horse five-door with a premium, content-rich interior sounds quite nice.

Our envy for Europe has grown after watching the latest video from Drive, which stars Chris Harris, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and the BMW M135i. This latest battle between MB and BMW takes place on both road and track, with Harris providing a running commentary. If you're interested in the upcoming Mercedes CLA45 AMG, you should pay special attention to the section on the A45, as the two are essentially fraternal twins. While the video is a bit on the long side, it provides a comprehensive rundown of both cars, giving those of us in North America just a small taste of what we're missing. Check it out by scrolling below.


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      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would take either car but the Benz is the better looking. BMWs front makes it look like its trying to poo
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think I'm in line with Chris's assessment of both cars. The rear styling of the Merc is a little off putting but the BMW's rump is not much better. I like the interior of the Merc a lot and the drive train of course but at a price of course. I'd like to see this done with the 1M but that's not a hatch so, it makes for a strange comparo. If you've got the coins though, it's hard to go wrong with either.
      pynch0n
      • 1 Year Ago
      don't know many americans who would pay 60k for a hatchback. as much as i love the A45 AMG, this just will never happen. different car culture here i guess.
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pynch0n
        If I had it and they offered it, I'd spend it.
      RichTextFormat
      • 1 Year Ago
      AMG has 4 doors, winner.
      zzzzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have you driven a recent-model GTI lately? The options list and the interior's level of refinement is pretty darn close to that of Mercedes or BMW.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zzzzzz
        Impressive, but in this case down 120hp and wrong wheel drive
          Haelphadreous
          • 1 Year Ago
          @k_m94
          That is why I am eagerly eyeballing the 2015 Golf R, as a replacement for my 2011 GTI. I really wanted an S3 hatchback, but it seems like we are not going to get a crack at that one stateside.
        stevenh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zzzzzz
        FWD is the worst, you are asking the front wheels to provide traction, steering and braking; lose traction and you lost the other 2. Until they make real racing cars FWD it is best reserved for incapable drivers, econoboxes and grocery getters. Any real driver will want either AWD or RWD. Sorry but VW is not in the same leagues as BMW or MB
      Wally SirFatty
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice shorts, fruitcake.
        vi_per
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wally SirFatty
        Wally SirFatty : Wide torso, narrow head. Not a pretty sight. Downvoted.
      Giom
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the M135i does this good, imagine when the next 1M shows up. Merc may be doing a lot of things right, now a days, but they'll never beat BMW at this game. Also, I might be the only one here, but I really dislike the A class design. Love the One series - especially the 3 door. Please don't dis me, we're all allowed to have opinions and tastes.
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not an Mcar, irrelevant.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      The A45 AMG already seems like a legend in the making. The fact that we won't get it on this side of the Atlantic will make it even more legendary.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Maybe for tools [of which there are many].
        RudyH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        what's interesting is that media is putting the S3 is ahead of the A45 / CLA45 AMG based on the fact it's 400 lbs lighter, and there is a RS3 stil under covers...
          ferps
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RudyH
          Matt, we could potentially see a sedan version of the RS3.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RudyH
          If we're not getting the A45 AMG, I very much doubt we'll get the RS3. We don't like hatchbacks in America apparently nor will we pay a premium for small cars which is a damn shame.
        jf.bouchard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        If you can stand cheap plastics and wind noise, a not-quite-legendary WRX will do 80% of what these two cars are capable of for a fraction of the price. Plus you'll look (a bit) less of a tool :)
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think they both look like great cars. I'd take the BMW because it's better bang for the buck but I'd take the AMG is money were no option. Regardless, I'd probably just get an STi and get the best of both worlds.
      rjbx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stop begging for manufacturers to bring hatches to the US...We all know, that US people won't be buying them.
      Phontsolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's SO nice to see hatchbacks I'll never get to see in person in the US. It's freakin' great!........
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