MercedesBenz A180 CDI Classic SE 5door Review

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Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door

Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI Classic SE

#147; Mercedes-Benz continues its new

and #145;product rush#146; with

the in the UK, from 17 July,

of the revised A- and models.

David Miles to Berlin to check

them out here are his first

impressions of the A-Class. #148;

AT THE INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH in Berlin last Mercedes said that the A-Class was originally launched in it was the first ‘ premium car in the compact segment. The second A-Class was introduced in 2004 and 1.7 million of them have been sold worldwide making it one of their best-selling ranges.

The latest A-Class consists, as before, of three- and hatchback models. There are no increases over the outgoing #151; despite added improved safety features, fuel economy, lower CO2 body restyling and a revised line-up.

Classic, Sport and Turbo are no longer available but the revised is: Classic SE (expected to take 51 per cent of sales), Elegance SE (20 per and Avantgarde SE (26 per cent). On-the-road range from Ј14,365 to

Although engine options for the are comprehensive for Europe #151; petrol and three diesel #151; in the UK there are only choices: 1.5-litre 150 and 1.7-litre 170 and 2.0-litre 160/180 CDI turbodiesel All are available with the option of or automatic transmissions.

Active Assist, which identifies a space big enough for the A-Class and when engaged reverses the car the space, is also a new option at Ј550.

In the UK, over 70 per cent of sales are for petrol-powered models and 47 per cent of customers tick the box for the transmission option. The best-selling has, traditionally, been the 89bhp, five-door variant has accounted for 45 per cent of sales. comes the A180 CDI, five-door with 21 per cent the A170, 114bhp, five-door 12 per cent. Five-door models for 90 per cent of A-Class UK sales.

Additional lower-emission BlueEfficiency #151; three- and five-door versions with A 150/170 engines and the three-door manual A160 CDI diesel #151; all be available from September at no extra cost over the models.

BlueEfficiency specification include Mercedes’ new ECO Stop/Start low rolling resistance tyres, construction and detailed aerodynamic styling changes. The three-door CDI BlueEfficiency model is said to 62mpg with 119g/km of BlueEfficiency versions are claimed to a nine per cent fuel and CO2 over conventional new A-Class

Driving the new A-Class models week in the former divided of Berlin for the international press while taking in the historic #151; including the infamous Wall #151; we proved we already knew about the It is a premium quality compact car but with an elevated command position making it easy to and to park.

Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door

Where both the A B-Class) models appeal is to customers who need popular-sized cars but also want products to be ‘premium’ in both and brand image, with a level of specification. To some performance and fuel economy matter #151; especially to retail buyers.

Company car however, will be more in the BlueEfficiency models coming to the UK and I have to report that ECO Stop/Start system is excellent: the best around at the moment for the of its operation.

In all other respects the front-wheel A-Class is as before. It mostly a comfortable ride, although it can choppy over poorer surfaces. It is also exceptionally to drive and to park #151; to the high-up driving position and just less than metres in length.

The specification is all you reasonably ask for at the price. The fuel is better and the emissions lower and it smart with the styling With prices starting at a Mercedes becomes affordable and the Classic SE A150 five-door at is a bit of a bargain.

The enhancements for SE models crash-responsive emergency lighting lights and interior lighting) and adaptive brake lights, start assist, body-coloured handles, mirrors and rubbing enhanced Telematics with a carwash compatible aerial, three-louvered grille, new front and light clusters and new-look and rear bumpers. Naturally, all the features such as power side windows, air conditioning, and split folding rear are all present.

It was unfortunate that Mercedes in did not have the UK’s likely model #151; the A150 version #151; for the Media to so we had to make do with the expected best-selling version: the A180 CDI

This 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit has been given the fuel economy’ treatment and return around eight per better fuel efficiency. is officially 54mpg #151; but our car, fitted with the manual gearbox, returned 30mpg in Berlin city Acceleration was adequate, with taking 10.8 seconds and the top is said to be 116mph.

What’s not to Not much: some models are the ride can be choppy and there’s and vague steering. On the other the latest A-Class delivers of the same #151; only In addition, it’s easy to easy to drive, relatively offers good storage is well built and has that Mercedes-Benz badge desirability. David Miles

Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI Classic SE | Ј17 , 215

Maximum speed: 116mph | 10.8 seconds | Overall MPG: 30mpg

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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