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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2013: Review

Mercedes-Benz is set to shake up the hatch segment with its new A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY, A 200 A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and A 250 Sport

Yarra Victoria

What we liked:

handling

Accessible entry

Variety of engine options

Not so

Limited rear seat

No rear seat ventilation

Run-flat tyres on lower models

OVERVIEW

A is for aspirational

The (W176-series) Mercedes-Benz A-Class is if not accessible. In fact, the least variant, the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY, starts at (excluding on-road costs), makes it a more affordable than the entry-level BMW 1 Series $36,990).

For that money new baby delivers a generous of standard equipment, the five-door including features such as stop-start, 17-inch alloy a seven-speed automatic transmission and airbags, to name but a few.

The A-Class range offers a of turbocharged petrol and diesel as well as more athletic A 250 variant which will enthusiast buyers a taste of AMG ahead of the debut of the hard-charging A 45 AMG in this year.

Capped servicing also extends the proposition of Merc’s new entry which is certain to be at least one that will draw owners to the three-pointed star for the first time.

PRICE AND

A is for affordable

The four models this week all escape the of Luxury Car Tax (LCT). That’s the most expensive model here starts from It’s not a typo, and for those for the brand cache that with a German marque Mercedes-Benz, it’s certain to as welcomed news.

Mercedes-Benz its pricing strategy is purposefully and makes no bones about the A-Class at a price point to draw buyers from not its direct competitors, but from end Volkswagens, Volvos and other European and Japanese marques.

Our suggest local pricing is a as markets much closer to home base – including the UK.

On the first rung, the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine married as standard to a automatic dual-clutch transmission transmission is offered as standard all four models listed and the front wheels).

Priced at (excluding on-road costs), the A 180 features cruise control, central locking, power and mirrors, halogen headlamps, steering wheel, front and acoustic parking sensors, an park brake, steering shift paddles, audio and controls, 17-inch alloy sport seats in ARTICO and trim, active parking with PARKTRONIC self-parking a reversing camera and six-CD 20 infotainment package with and media interfaces (3.5mm input and USB).

It is topped by the A 200 which offers a higher version of the same 1.6-litre engine. It adds a twin-spar higher grade upholstery and trim, a leather-wrapped steering electronic folding mirrors, alloy wheels and a dual-outlet to the equipment listed for the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY and is from $40,900 (excluding costs).

For the same money, and an identical level of specification, the A 200 CDI is the solitary diesel offering in the A-Class line-up. The 1.8-litre four-cylinder diesel is the most efficient model variant of the range with a combined figure of 4.6L/100km (more economy details are presented in below).

Finally, the current is the A 250 Sport. It is motivated by a larger turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and is distinguished by a diamond-design grille, to the initial 2011 New York show concept.

Priced at (plus on-road costs) the A 250 adds LED running lamps, brake calipers, ‘SPORT’ bespoke throttle mapping, red red-flanged ventilation outlets, AMG suspension, 18-inch AMG five-spoke wheels, AMG body styling red highlights, fixed bi-Xenon and a panoramic glass sunroof to items listed for the A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY

Option packages are sensibly to rationalise the most popularly additional features into well-priced bundles. Option range from $490-2990. A list of A-Class option is available at Mercedes own configurator .

The integration option ‘Drive Kit for iPhone’ is not offered on the new A-Class Mercedes-Benz Australia says looking to integrate the feature the track.

2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY $35,600

A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY

A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY $40,900

A 250 Sport

MECHANICAL

A is for attractive

Offering a choice of engines is one way to attract a audience. Making sure engines perform the way buyers expect them to, while delivering the fuel economy and low so desirable in times of high prices, is equally important.

for these reasons, as well as an attractive entry price, Mercedes-Benz has offered a range of petrol and one diesel engines its local A-Class range.

At the end, the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY arrives a 1595cc turbocharged and direct-injected petrol. The unit develops and 200Nm while returning a cycle fuel consumption of 5.8L/100km. CO2 emissions are listed at Zero to 100km/h is achieved in en route to a top speed of 202km/h.

The petrol offering, found in the A 200 is a higher output version of the 1595cc unit just Its output is listed at 115kW and whilst consuming 6.1L/100km and 141g/km of CO2. The A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY can to 100km/h in 8.3sec and boasts a top of 224km/h.

The lone oiler in the A-Class line-up is a 1796cc turbocharged and direct injected In the A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY it develops 100kW and whilst consuming just — the most frugal of the models offered. CO2 emissions are at 121g/km. Its nought to 100km/h is listed at 9.2sec while top is claimed to be 210km/h.

Finally, A 250 Sport receives a larger 1991cc turbocharged and direct four-cylinder petrol developing and 350Nm. It’s hot hatch for Benz’s baby though economy and CO2 emissions are still respectable at 6.6L/100km and 152g/km The A 250 Sport nips to 100km/h in 6.6sec and offers a top whack of

All four engines drive the wheels via Mercedes-Benz’s 7G-DCT dual-clutch (automatic) transmission and are with ECO start/stop (idle The column-shift transmission is selectable three modes: Economy, and Manual, the latter controllable via wheel-mounted paddles.

The A-Class on a strut (front) and four-link suspension arrangement comprised of aluminium. The set-up is offered in guises, depending on variant, and is electronically by Extended Traction (XTC), itself an extension of the stability control program.

Steering is electro-mechanically assisted and optionally with a variable system available in conjunction the AMG Sport Package. The turning is a respectable 11.0m. Braking complements of four-wheel discs brake-hold function. The park is also electronic.

In all specifications the is fitted with a 50-litre tank. Petrol models 95 RON PULP (or higher).

Mercedes-Benz it has no further plans for electrification, or otherwise, of its third-generation A-Class. The model’s platform will, undergo further development for plug-in and full EV applications.

An higher output A-Class is in September this year Mercedes-Benz Australia takes its deliveries of the cracking A 45 AMG. The breathing performance flagship of the range utilises the same unit as the A 250 Sport, albeit an output augmented to achieve and 450Nm. It is expected to retail for $80,000.

PACKAGING

A is for affable

The new does away with the boxy styling of its predecessor in of a more traditional hatchback Repeat A-Class buyers Mercedes-Benz says, turn to the B-Class for their fix of boxy while the new A-Class will to attract first-time Mercedes-Benz typically of a late 30s demographic.

The five-door hatch rides on a wheelbase and measures 4292mm in 1780mm in width and 1433mm in Front track is 1553mm and the track 1552mm, or 1542mm and on A 250 Sport variants. Compared to the version, the new A-Class’ centre of is some 40mm lower, the height an impressive 178mm

The A-Class tips the scale 1370kg and offers a maximum capacity of 341 litres. All models a 60:40 split-fold rear See our international A-Class drive for details on comparative packaging.

the A-Class takes on a familiar with SLS-inspired ventilation a dual-dial instrument panel, head unit, HVAC and combination wiper/indicator stalk. The is cleared for drink holders and controller thanks to the application of a gear lever on the outboard of the steering columns. The cruise stalk hangs to the column’s inboard side, obscured view by the steering wheel.

Assorted oddment storage is throughout, including nifty pockets, a small centre bin, glovebox and tunnel-mounted net on the side. Additional nets are placed on the rear of the front and under the parcel shelf to smaller items.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

SAFETY

A is for

Nine airbags, five (EuroNCAP) and a suite of electronic looking after all four mean the A-Class is just as safe as small cars

The A-Class scored particularly in adult occupant protection (93 per with safety assistance (86 per and child occupant protection (81 per categories also achieving grades. Pedestrian protection, a new category to the EuroNCAP test, respectably at 67 per cent.

Mindful of the new that were to be met in EuroNCAP Mercedes-Benz has fitted its A-Class the full complement of electronic aids, a collision prevention system, pop-up bonnet, drowsiness detector, a reversing across the entire range, and suite of occupant protection

All seating positions are fitted anti-whiplash head restraints and inertia reel seatbelts front with pyrotechnic and belt-force limiters). The rear are offered with both and ISOFIX child restraint points.

COMPETITORS

A is for attainable

direct competition likely to from traditional German Audi and BMW, Mercedes-Benz also target premium contenders such as Volkswagen and with pricing certain to at least a few buyers to the aspirational

Directly, the A-Class goes up the Audi A3 (from $40,500) and BMW 1 (from $36,990). But it will attract higher-spec Volkswagen and Volvo V40 buyers. The same also be said for upper-end Focus and Renault Megane or just about any other hatch you care to name. And we that’s just the point – the badge is finally attainable.

says the A-Class’ assertive strategy will see it find a for “every car it can get”. Factory seems to be the only concern the importer has in limiting the number of it will sell in Australia, and to move every one of the 200 units it has allotted per calendar month.

ON THE

A is for athletic

Athletic probably a characteristic you’d expect an entry-spec model, but the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY is that. For those wanting a little more sedate, not. The car can respond to suit, and its personality accordingly between ‘E’ ‘S’ (Sport) and ‘M’ (Manual) modes.

There’s a whisker of turbo lag the get-go and when rolling onto the throttle at lower It’s exacerbated by the longer travel that accompanies ‘E’ but doesn’t really impact the fluidity to any great extent – and in ‘S’ and ‘M’ it all but disappears.

At regular speeds the A 180 responds quite briskly to input, as does the dual-clutch It’s not as sharp as, say Volkswagen’s but it does seem to understand the of pace you’re wanting to and acts accordingly.

The A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY’s reacts well to changes in and feels agile when There’s enough natural on offer that the car doesn’t electronic intervention — when pushed – and maintains in spite of its open differential.

is quite direct and well considering the entry-spec model’s There’s enough feel to you in touch with the front intention, though we should add it’s not at all burdensome when to park.

Strong brakes are by a well-modulated and consistently weighted that offers nice bite, without being too We did, however, notice the height in throttle and brake position is considerable, meaning you to lift your knee to from one to the other.

Consistency is a suite across the A-Class and indeed all those positive noticed in the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY were in its more powerful petrol the A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY.

The extra power on is immediately evident in the A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, but it suffers from initial from standstill and low-speed The car does, however, accelerate briskly, as you’d no doubt and is particularly stronger when With the same engine differently, the A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY’s dynamics are with those of its ‘lesser’ feeling stronger dynamically in its ‘pull’ from the corner acceleration.

Sharing the same but with three more the diesel powered A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY an expectedly different driving from its petrol sibling. The car is dependent on driver intervention the automatic ‘mode’ switch, its whack of torque enabling easier driving, with performance results.

There’s no real lag to speak of, the A 200 variable geometry turbocharger to all but eliminate this character That said it remains that peak torque is from 1600rpm, the car becoming ‘enthusiastic’ as it accelerates through to over 4000rpm.

Perhaps the other downside of the diesel-powered is that the nose feels stiffer and moderately heavier the petrol-powered models. It doesn’t the A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY’s agility per se, but it does the way in which the car is steered. Compared to the variants, the CDI requires modest but steering input as you enter a the petrol is happier to hold a set

Of course the CDI version is aurally not louder, just different. not as encouraging as the petrol and of course it rev as highly. It a subdued note, thrum than resonant and not at all Testing the car’s volume on a chip asphalt road it a reading of 82dBA at 100km/h.

As an commuter, the new A-Class is a class It’s a resolved package the right amount of bells and but at the same time a vehicle won’t disappoint the enthusiast his or her first Mercedes-Benz experience.

It up to the marque’s core values and enough of its own personality to be different its rivals. And if this is how good the models are, we can’t for the A 45 AMG!

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