Car Reviews MercedesBenz AClass A 170 Avantgarde SE 5dr The AA

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Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door

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Compact makes it useful around Driving position offers view of the road Good quality Spacious interior exterior dimensions

Gripes

for a car of its size Lightweight controls are a lacking in feedback Boot is restricted compared with family hatchbacks Key technologies are extras

Mercedes-Benz’s smallest has proved that there always be customers for premium regardless of the category. The hatchback has favour with more drivers during the last and when it came time for a the manufacturer chose not to change too concentrating its efforts on a few areas to the key demographic happy.

Its lofty position and individual shape always given the Mercedes-Benz the look of a mini-MPV rather a hatchback, but in real world its closest competitors are the smallest from any of the premium manufacturers. The rear end and short bonnet it a car more suited to life in the than most family however, and its ease of use combined that driving position and the badge have seen it favour with mature who are willing, or able, to spend the

These key buyers have had an influence on the revisions for the 2008 of the A-Class. Gone are the more two-litre and turbocharged petrol from the UK line-up at least, behind them the 1.5-litre and petrol engines and a choice of two diesels. The trim levels also been chopped from six to just three, the range a great deal.

revisions have been subtle, with new lights and at the front and rear, a redesigned grille and a choice of new alloy designs. Small details as side rubbing strips also been changed on the trim level. Inside a change of fabrics and reworked to match the reworked trim

The big changes appear to have place under the bonnet, a start-stop fuel saving to be available on the two petrol engines late 2008. Fuel has been lowered across the even without it. Parktronic, an parking system is also on the new model as an option, as are new electronic such as hill hold — standard across the

Our verdict on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class A 170 SE 5dr

Life has got easier and potentially rather than prettier or practical for A-Class drivers. The new car remains largely the same as the model and should therefore to largely the same audience. Its status and usefulness as a town car or second car means it appeals to a type of driver than the of family hatchbacks or small but that also means little to compete directly it.

Costs

The A-Class is not a cheap car to and additional options can quickly the price, but it has traditionally held its well. Fuel consumption has lowered in the new generation of engines, but for savings its worth waiting for the of the start-stop option in late

Space and practicality

The interior roomy thanks to a large area and the model makes use of the space available. Realistically, the will only seat adults and larger rear may find it cramped on longer The flat rear end of the A-Class limits boot space the seats in place. They do flat to carry bulkier though, at which point the shape becomes a bonus.

Controls and display

Comfort

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Car safety

Safety is well for in the A-Class, with ESP and adaptable governing the ride and handling. is also advanced, with brake lights to warn drivers of emergency stops. belt pretensioners are present on the rear seats as well as in the and two-stage front airbags are by head sidebags. Interior automatically activate in the event of an and the bodyshell has been constructed robustness in mind.

Driver

Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door

The A-Class rides well and confidently, but drivers seeking thrills may be left underwhelmed. The copes very well town driving, feeling and nimble in the city, and walks the between the softness required for potholes and the firmness required for a motorway ride thanks to suspension. The more powerful of the two engines is a keen performer although lacking the torque of the units, can pull the A-Class comfortably and the driving position is with no obstructions.

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Quality and image

The A-Class is not lacking in quality, but due to its smaller it doesn’t carry the same weight feel as some of the manufacturer’s larger models. Fit and is excellent and materials feel of quality, although interior are not as plush as some. The A-Class has itself something of a reputation as a car for mature drivers, something appears to have done to harm sales, and the revised is unlikely to change that, as the sportier engines have cut from the UK line-up.

Accessibility

The five-door format means are few issues with accessibility and though the doors are relatively this means that them in confined spaces, car parks for example, is easy. The are positioned at a very reasonable making it easy to hop in and out. The hatch opens to wide offering excellent access to the With the rear seats this will make larger items simpler.

and ICE (In car entertainment)

Mercedes has revised the setup for the A-Class range. All feature a five-inch colour MP3 compatible CD player, speed volume and Bluetooth as standard, put the range of optional systems is the APS. Featuring sat-nav inputs for SD cards, iPods and USB the system is extremely simple to use and integrated. It also comes improved and highly sensitive control not just for navigation, but telephone and audio systems. The intuitive system is simple to use and quality is also good.

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Colours and trim

The trim range has been drastically for the facelifted model, giving a simplified line-up with standard equipment levels. The SE now boasts chrome strips for the and inside there are brushed inserts and leather for the steering and gearlever. Revised seat also make an appearance. colour choices lean subdued rather than with 11 shades of blue, black, gold and red to choose

Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door
Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door
Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door
Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door
Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door
Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door

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