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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

Driven: New A-Class smart but

One of the most hotly anticipated new of the year has finally hit the scene.

launched in South Africa, the new A-Class is a completely new car, 160mm lower to the ground and far more visual attitude in its bid to a more youthful audience.

It presents a brand new range of turbocharged petrol and diesel all featuring idle-stop as standard and official fuel consumption that are down by up to 35 percent.

All are linked to a six-speed manual as standard, but can also be had with 7G-DCT dual clutch ‘box.


The A 180 and A 200 models a new direct injection 1.6-litre with respective outputs of and 115kW/250Nm. There’s also a GTI in the mix, with the A 250 Sport 2-litre turbopetrol engine for 155kW and 350Nm and a 6.6-second run.

Diesel fans are catered for with a super-frugal A 180 CDI 80kW and 260Nm, with 3.8 consumption, and an A 220 CDI that develops and 350Nm.

But does the new A-Class all the hype?

Our Star Motoring Jesse Adams had his reservations attending the vehicle’s local in the Western Cape.

While the A does have a new four-link rear axle, the was found to be jittery and nervous, a rather harsh ride while the steering felt lifeless.

The overall impression is the A-Class would work on smooth German roads, but is not all well suited to the harsher African surfaces.

This was based on the mid-range models large wheels and Jesse sticking to an A 180 base model smaller rims, which a more comfortable experience, and by for the standard ‘comfort’ suspension than the optional ‘sports’

For those seeking a sportier the A 250 Sport has an AMG-tinkered chassis and was found to provide a more feel than the other and felt more in touch the road.

As for the engines, Jesse was impressed the A 250 Sport, which really like a proper hot hatch its brisk acceleration and ample The A 180 diesel engine, on the other was rather boring to drive it has plenty of low-down torque but not happening from mid-range necessitating gear-changes at low revs.


One area the A-Class does impress, for the part, is in the cabin, where are greeted by a very well-finished complete with electroplated bits and turbine-style air vents. easy to personalise too, a glut of options, packages, schemes and seat designs.

It is a very cosy place to time, Jesse says, but also a bit tight in front and average-sized occupants could themselves rubbing their against the console and doors.

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

The is reasonably well kitted at entry level, with electric windows, 12-button steering wheel, Headlamp and the ‘Audio 5′ sound among the standard features.


Buyers can opt for plenty of including a Comand system connects you to the internet via your advanced navigation system 3D map display, blind spot and assistance, reverse camera and more.

There are some advance features that you don’t to pay for, including a radar-based warning system with Brake Assist and the Pre-Safe that prepares the cabin for an collision.

There’s much to about the new A-Class, but based on our impressions (which took on a restricted launch route much in the way of corners) the jury is out and we plan to give you a clearer as soon as we’ve spent time with it on a full test.

A 180 BlueEfficiency — R275 000

A 200 — R298 000

A 180 CDI BlueEfficiency AT R310 000

A 180 CDI BlueEfficiency — 000

A 220 CDI BlueEfficiency — R355 000

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base


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