New AMG A-Class boasts 302 bhp and gets to 62 mph in less than five seconds.

Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that its new high-performance A-Class, the A 35, is now available to order with prices starting from £35,580.

The newcomer will, for the time being at least, form the most potent offering in the A-Class range, with its 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 302 bhp - enough for a 0-62 mph sprint of 4.7 seconds and a 155 mph top speed.

But despite that performance - and the rigour of the new WLTP economy and emissions test - the A 35 will still return 38.7 mpg.

As well as the powerful engine, the asking price includes a seven-speed automatic gearbox, Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system and safety gadgets such as lane-keeping assistance that applies corrective steering if the car drifts across the white line without indicating.

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic

Other standard kit includes 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, an AMG exhaust and an AMG two-blade grille, while the hot hatchback also benefits from sportier AMG suspension.

Not everything on the menu come with three-letter prefixes, however. Keyless push-button start is among the standard features, as are two-zone climate control, satellite navigation and a reversing camera.

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic

If that’s not enough, though, the A 35 will be offered with a range of option packs. The AMG Executive pack, for example, comes with a larger 10.25-inch central infotainment screen, as well as heated front seats, electrically folding door mirrors and parking sensors - all for £1,395.

The AMG Premium pack, meanwhile, costs £1,000 more than the Executive pack and adds keyless entry, a rear armrest and a premium sound system to the mix.

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic

If you splash out an extra £1,500 on the £3,895 Premium Plus pack, however, you can add even more to the kit list by choosing the Premium Plus pack, with its high-end Burmeister sound system, LED adaptive headlights and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Somewhat cheaper is the £1,695 Driver Assistance package, which adds to the on-board safety kit with blind-spot monitoring, Active Braking Assist and Distronic adaptive cruise control, which maintains a safe distance to the car in front. However, these gizmos are available solely with the Executive pack or one of the two Premium packs.

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic

And as if more confusion were needed, there are still three more packs in the offing. Priced at £495 and £1,295 respectively, the Advanced Connectivity and Advanced Navigation packs add functions to the MBUX infotainment system, such as a head-up display and wireless phone charging.

Finally, the £2,595 Style pack serves up an AMG Aerodynamics bodykit that includes a black rear wing, black diffuser and a prominent front splitter, as well as bigger 19-inch alloy wheels and tinted glass.

Gallery: 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic