MercedesBenz AClass | 2013 A 180 A 200 A 250 Sport | Reviews…

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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

2013 MERCEDES-BENZ REVIEW

Mercedes-Benz is onto a with the new A-Class range. driven every engine and there isn’t a single dud them.

Not only that, but all the range are genuine value

Like, want a premium badge in your driveway for than $40k? Mercedes-Benz is the for you, with the $35,600 A 180 the A3. CT 200h and 116i by at least

It’s no stripper model the A 180. It’s loaded safety gear, and has things reversing camera, Bluetooth (including audio integration), parking assist, nine and an automatic transmission all as standard.

And is just the base model. The only gets better the up you go.

THE INTERIOR

Material quality is but in the A 180 there’s more than one that, yes, this is the entry-point into Benz

The urethane steering wheel is of cost-cutting, the fabric seat and upholstery is another. But, by and the interior is well-made and solid.

There are lots of soft-touch on the dash, and the hard plastics on the console have a quality

Seat comfort in the manually-adjusted seats is good, and there’s of adjustment in both the seats and the column. The front seating though feels rather low too or maybe it’s because the line seems so high?

In the seat, there’s decent leg and room, but a shortage of headroom to intrusion from the arching Option the panoramic sunroof, and the seat feels even claustrophobic.

The SLS-inspired gimbal are a nice touch, however feel a little bit ‘loose’ moved by hand. They’re the real area of concern in of quality though, as the rest of the A switchgear and closures operate

But safety is where the A-Class excels.

There’s a wide of safety features fitted as including nine airbags front pelvis, front rear side/head, driver’s an anti-collision warning, Mercedes-Benz’s system, a reversing camera and a active bonnet.

That’s in to the usual ABS, ESP, assist and hill-start assist.

It really is a well-featured car. The are dusk-sensing, rain-sensing wipers are and so is cruise control, start-stop, connectivity, Bluetooth, 17-inch and front and rear parking


There’s even a self-parking also standard across the

Move up into the A 200 or A 200 CDI . and you gain leather upholstery on the seat and door trims, along a diamond-patterned dash pad, leather upholstered steering auto-dimming rear-view mirrors, lumbar support and a sportier-looking cluster.

The wheels are also to 18-inch alloys and the wing gain an electric folding There’s also an additional pipe sprouting from the bumper.

Both the A 200 and A 200 CDI cost mirroring Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class of pegging diesel models at the price as their petrol

When nearly every manufacturer (not just carmakers) charge hefty for diesels, it’s refreshing to see give their customers a of engine without financial

In the range-topping (until the A 45 AMG arrives ) A 250 . there’s different trim, air vents, red contrast stitching, seat and door trim, a steering wheel and red seatbelts, all for a sportier vibe inside.

A panoramic sunroof is standard in the A as are bi-xenon headlamps and privacy

All A-class models have a capacity of 341 litres — the norm for a small hatchback. The seats have a 60:40 but we wouldn’t describe the A-Class’ carrying capability as being huge.

ON THE ROAD

We’ve sampled the A 250 Sport, so we’re not to detail its on-road abilities (see our A 250 drive report ). But will find that the A 180 has power for the daily drive.

90kW and 200Nm — not large numbers — it manages to feel ‘just neither too slow, nor too fidgety, nor too

Sure, when the drive is in Eco mode, it can feel a tad sluggish, but response sharpens up dramatically in mode.

But whichever the mode, the twin-clutch 7G-DCT automatic puts a foot wrong gear selection, and, some twin-clutch transmissions, standing starts as smoothly as a auto.

For the A 180, fuel efficiency is a key point. With a listed fuel economy figure of 5.8 l/100km, it’s a fuel for sure.

Ride quality on the A standard 17-inch wheels is albeit with some on high-frequency bumps — a of the standard-issue run flat tyres.

is sharp though, and, there’s noticeable body the A180 corners very for a luxo-hatch. It’s not far behind the BMW 116i for cornering composure.

The are reassuringly strong too. As far as ability goes, the A 180 is a very thing.

It’s a similar with the A 200 petrol . With and 250Nm from a more version of the A 180’s turbo 1.6 the A 200 BlueEfficiency feels zippier.

hustling along, it has no trouble steep grades without the gearbox to drop a ratio (or and accelerates eagerly when

The third of this trio, the A 200 CDI . especially strong thanks to its 1.8 litre turbodiesel.

Its extra muscle however at the cost of a gravelly — and intrusive — engine If you value peace and quiet, stick with the petrol

Both A 200 variants handle and are nicely balanced on-road their compact dimensions. has a slightly firmer on-road than the A 180 due to the 18-inch rolling down below.

They’re well-engineered: there’s barely a of torque steer or wheel — even in the torque-laden A 200

FIRST DRIVE VERDICT

We knocked over by the A 250 Sport we reckon it’s one of the best of the moment. But after driving the A Class range. we’d to pick the A 180 as the sweetest deal.

no pocket rocket, but throw the AMG Sport Package at it ($1990) and you a very appealing premium that still retails for under $40k.

It will get you town in good comfort, to the road when you need it to and sip rather than skol petrol.

More importantly some, maybe), is that it wears a three-pointed star on its grille. Want to impress neighbours without breaking the This should do it.

But don’t discount the A 200 variants they’re also value — and the A 250 Sport is a steal at

With this combination of specification and desirability, we reckon the A-Class is going to sell hotcakes.

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Pricing (excludes on-road

2013 A 180 1.6 petrol —

2013 A 200 1.6 petrol —

2013 A 200 CDI 1.8 diesel —

2013 A 250 2.0 litre petrol $49,900

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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