Like the Honda Civic Type R, the Mercedes-AMG A35 is almost too powerful for a comparison with the VW Golf GTI.

Let's have a look at the numbers: 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, 306 bhp, 295 lb-ft of torque. Plus a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The A35 is also available as a sedan with a notchback design. with gives it a leg-up over the GTI. The five-door model demonstrates the premium demands of Mercedes: £35,580 is a lot of cash.