Video: BMW M135i drag races Mercedes-AMG A35, shows consistent runs

It wasn’t long after the BMW M135i was launched that people published all sorts of comparisons against its main rivals. It’s understandable as this new 1 Series brings a serious host of changes to the brand’s approach to the hatchback segment. The 1 Series is now a more direct competitor for the likes of Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class and the Audi A3. Is that a good thing? Well, it depends.

What’s pretty obvious though is that the BMW M135i is a bit faster than the Mercedes-AMG A35, its direct competitor from Stuttgart. We’ve seen the two cars go at it in a previous video as well and at that time, the result was the same.

The two start with similar power outputs. The BMW M135i xDrive has a 2-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood making 306 PS and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. All of that is sent to the four corners of the car via xDrive. According to BMW, the car should be able to do 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds.

On the other side of the drag strip we have the Mercedes-AMG A35. The Merc has the same amount of power coming from a similarly-sized engine. It does lag behind in terms of torque though, with only 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) coming out of the engine bay. That torque is distributed between the four wheel thanks to 4Matic and a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

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So how did they compare? Well, the BMW won it all, to put it simply. There were two standing start races and, even though the BMW M135i xDrive had a bad start the second time around it still managed to beat the AMG. The rolling race was a bit closer though.

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