Drive MercedesBenz A200 Turbo Avantgarde Review

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Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

Bruce Newton

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Turbocharged cars were synonymous with tyre-smoking But the rise of the turbo-diesel passenger car that turbocharging can be more efficiency than exhilaration.

is no stranger to forced induction so no surprise that eventually we see a turbo A-Class.

The A200T the second-generation A-Class range, for in Australia. Benz’s egg-shaped model is now bookended by three-door It starts with the sub-$30,000 three-door and stretches to the $44,400

That lines it up against the A3 2.0 FSI and BMW 120i. It is also still reach of the burgeoning hot-hatch including the popular $39,990 GTi.

Benz describes the as a high-performance car but it more comfortably the modern definition of a turbo, flexibility rather than performance.

You can see that in the figures when the engine is compared with the aspirated 2.0-litre it is based on. The power is up 42 kW to 142 kW at 5000 rpm, and climbs a whopping 90 Nm to 280 Nm between rpm. The A-Class’s natural is the city, so more torque a better ability to handle the cut and thrust.

It helps that the delivers its performance without lag. Press the throttle and it along smartly; Benz a respectable 7.5-second 0-100 time.

An official 8.1 L/100 km consumption claim (we managed 9.7 L) is as significant for most buyers.

The car had the $2500 optional constantly transmission (CVT). Its infinite-ratio exploited the engine’s torque beautifully. It also gives shifting, unless you manually one of seven pre-determined ratio

In the usual Benz fashion, changes are achieved by pushing the side-to-side. It sounds counter-intuitive but it Manual shifting is something you only choose to do if you were the A200T’s high-performance credentials. then, the CVT shifts for you when you are on redline, defeating the purpose

The A200T has a lowered and stiffened and low-profile 17-inch tyres, so more responsive and less to body roll than the A-Class. However, it also the A-Class suspension’s limited to cope with poor roads. On chopped-up bitumen the never truly settles, to hop, skip and jump.

Its credentials are further let down by the steering system, which refuses to impart feel to the This is an issue across the family.

It’s also a story when it comes to noise. On smooth roads quiet, but once the chip there is plenty of tyre

There is no doubt this is a substantial dynamic improvement the original. The first-generation car had some suspension surgery after over during a lane-change by a Swedish motoring magazine. of the problem then was the A-Class’s in relation to its length. For this the wheelbase has been lengthened 145 mm, the and rear track widened and the redesigned. This certainly stability.

The A-Class sits because of its sandwich floor The engine is tilted at 59 degrees to it to slide under the floor in a accident. The high seating makes entry and exit and delivers a commanding view of the but it’s still very a case of sitting on — than in — the car. The is high and the steering wheel straight-on. It takes a little used to. Despite the short rear-seat passengers don’t do too There is adequate head and leg and access is easy.

Our test A200T had a Euro-dark although some aluminium livened things up. A sports is standard, with notable including drilled stainless-steel three-spoke steering wheel, three-slat grille and dual outlets.

Safety equipment is with the only real being standard rear-side and comfort is good without great. No power for the driver’s is disappointing at this price.

And the price that ends up the A200T’s biggest issue. is probably the best A-Class to but you can find more entertaining hatches — let alone hot — that are cheaper.

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

and equipment

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

levels aren’t exactly given the badge and the price, it is no pauper pack. The starter is too high, however, with better hot hatches than available at cheaper prices.

Under the bonnet

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This is a simple 2.0-litre with just a single camshaft and two valves per cylinder. no hand-me-down from the past but a new for the new A-class. Turbocharging significantly ups and does wonders for the spread and of torque. Allied to a continuously transmission, seamless acceleration is at Undoubtedly the car’s strongest

How it drives

Rating: 2.0 out of 5 stars

The generation A-classis longer and and therefore more stable its predecessor. But its still can’t on Australia’s poor quality The A200T’s lower profile and sports suspension simply the problem, amking it choppy and than composed.

Comfort and practicality

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

You sit up high in the A-class thanks to the floor construction, which easy entry and exit and a view of the outside world. to the rear is better than three-door hatches because of opening doors and seats fold and slide well out of the Interior flexibility options although the lack of a five-door in the model is disappointing.

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO
Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO


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