Published on October 28th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
VOTY 2021//Luxury Hot Hatch Of The Year – Mercedes-AMG A35
The Mercedes-AMG A35 presents an unmatched capability in the luxury hot hatch segment.
When serious money is spent on cars, some want performance and some want luxury. With a luxury hot hatch, you can have BOTH and a car that fits into tight parking spaces. It’s for those who find the smaller vehicles to have their own charm and appreciate the engineering taken to extract big power out of tiny packages.
This year, the Mercedes-AMG A35 was our winner in this segment. Everyone understands that the A45 is a statement piece for AMG. The engine has to be the most powerful in production and the suspension and chassis needs to be firmed up to an extreme degree to handle that power. With the all-new A35 model, they have found a suitable middle ground between everyday drivability and all-out performance. What a wonderful place to be.
Mercedes AMG A35 4MATIC Specifications
Engine: 4-cylinder inline engine Turbocharged
Transmission: 7G-speed DCT automatic
Max Power: 306bhp at 5800-6100rpm
Max Torque: 400Nm at 3000-4000rpm
Top speed: 250km/h Restricted
About the VOTY Awards 2021
The Vehicle of the Year (VOTY) Awards is sponsored by Allianz Malaysia Berhad and is judged by Daniel Sherman Fernandez, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair from Drive Safe and Fast (dsf.my) and GohedGostan.com.
The selection process is simple and clean. All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of our cutoff date are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands officially operating in Malaysia and ask them for test cars for each of our judges. There’s no participation fee, no tables to buy, no package deals — nothing. Any judge who drives an eligible car gets to vote for it. A simple majority is all it takes for a vehicle to win in a given category.
The categories are kept as consistent as possible from year to year with some modifications when a certain category is not adequately represented or is over-represented in that particular year. You can view the categories over the years by looking through our “VOTY” tab on the dsf.my page.
Our title sponsor Allianz recognizes the integrity of our team and all players involved in deciding on winners and leaves all decisions to us regarding the winners. We hope our readers appreciate the efforts of all parties involved and provide us with feedback on how we can further improve on this.