13. Mercedes A45 AMG
When you think of AMG, the first thing that pops into your mind is fast coupes, sedans or perhaps SUVs. That is all correct, but since 2013, AMG has produced a proper hot hatch model that also happens to be one of the best cars in its class. Mercedes introduced the A-Class as their super-compact model back in 1996 and in 2013 introduced its third generation. The first models from the late ’90s are strange-looking, but the latest generation has evolved into a great-looking premium compact.
However, AMG has a different vision. First, they developed a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 365 HP. Next, they designed an all-wheel-drive system with a seven-speed automatic transmission. And finally, they packed it into the aggressive-looking hot hatch that can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds with one of the craziest engine notes ever.