The folks over at Spanish publication km77 have put the new Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4Matic+ through the dreaded Moose Test, with the hot hatch completing the move at a "lower than expected" entrance speed.

In the video below, the all-wheel-drive A45 S – here wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber in 245/35 ZR19 size – is subjected to one of the toughest handling tests out there, designed to simulate an animal suddenly running in front of a moving vehicle.

The first attempt with the 310 kW hot hatch was performed at the prescribed entrance speed of 77 km/h, with the vehicle in “comfort” mode. Since a cone was clipped, the attempt was deemed invalid.

Eventually, km77’s best successful effort with the Mercedes was at an entrance speed of 75 km/h, which it described as not as “high as expected”, particularly considering the performance tyres fitted.

Watch the video below, which includes a slalom test, to see just how the A45 S performed. Take note that the commentary is in Spanish, but has the option of English subtitles...