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


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 … 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.


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.

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Safety is well catered for in the with ESP and adaptable suspension the ride and handling. Braking is advanced, with flashing lights to warn following of emergency stops. Seat pretensioners are present on the outer seats as well as in the front and front airbags are joined by sidebags. Interior lights activate in the event of an accident, and the has been constructed with in mind.

Driver appeal

Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door

The rides well and handles but drivers seeking real may be left underwhelmed. The chassis very well with driving, feeling light and in the city, and walks the line the softness required for absorbing and the firmness required for a stable ride thanks to adaptive The more powerful of the two petrol is a keen performer and, lacking the torque of the diesel can pull the A-Class along and the driving position is excellent 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 … 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.


The five-door format there are few issues with and even though the doors are short, this means opening them in confined supermarket car parks for example, is The seats are positioned at a very height making it easy to hop in and The rear hatch opens to angle offering excellent to the boot. With the rear down, this will loading larger items

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

Mercedes has the infotainment setup for the A-Class All models feature a five-inch display, MP3 compatible CD player, sensitive volume and Bluetooth as put topping the range of optional is the COMAND APS. Featuring alongside inputs for SD cards, and USB sticks, the system is extremely to use and flawlessly integrated. It also with improved and highly voice control not just for but also telephone and audio The highly intuitive system is to use and sound quality is also

Lighting comes on in the event of an

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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