MercedesBenz AClass 2014 Review motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2014

Drop-dead gorgeous looks and dynamics headline the frugal diesel, but it’s not without

Mercedes-Benz A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY


That it took more six months to land a test of the new four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz A-Class is telling of the car’s immense

Buyers want it. Badly.

So is the stylish baby Benz here in Australia and overseas it’s been a sell-out to the point that demand was so Mercedes-Benz Australia hadn’t able appoint cars to its fleet for several months.

But now driven the new car on my usual test on familiar roads and in habitual it is clear that Benz has a lot of things right. The A-Class has looks, a modern interior sporty dynamics and a strong list.

It doesn’t hurt it’s priced a couple of below its rivals, either.

Perhaps the first thing surprised me about the A-Class was its parking technology. It’s a car with a decent turning (11.0 metres) and an upright window, so it’s easy to into most car parks. But drivers with parking-phobia be untroubled in the A-Class, as it comes front and rear parking (which get brownie points for not the annoyingly beepy type), a camera, and an electric park

And if you’re still worried, the car can itself via the PARKTRONIC system. The is now.

All of that is standard as is cruise control, remote locking, 18-inch alloy ARTICO faux leather seats, a colour infotainment USB and auxiliary audio ports, Bluetooth phone and audio

The six-speaker stereo is excellent clear but bassy — and interior touches like the air vents, three-spoke multifunction wheel and simple HVAC contribute to the cabin’s contemporary

However, compared with Mercedes, the dashboard looks and as though budget cuts enforced in places, and the infotainment looks stuck on as an afterthought. this is a cheap car — in German car terms — but I better quality materials and

Redeeming features include front seats complete hidden drawers, a detailed computer with loads of info, and good incidental including two lidded storage to the driver’s left. But the glovebox is as is the boot. The latter offers 341 (1157 with rear folded) which doesn’t match the Volkswagen Golf’s 350 and litres.

Like all A-Class the A 200 CDI turbo-diesel gets a seven-speed transmission with steering-wheel shifters, and it’s the most A-Class in the range, using at a claimed rate of 4.6L/100km.

seven days with the car I 7.1L/100km, which is decent I drove it primarily on 60km/h city streets. The idle system certainly helped, and active with the electric brake which is a nice That said, the (switchable) also highlighted the 1.8-litre engine’s clattery acoustics.

Although the A 200 CDI may be the most frugal in the range, it’s also the inspiring to drive. The 1.8-litre engine is not the one I would choose if I to zip around at a spirited pace; the engines are better choices, more pep, and almost as

The 100kW/300Nm diesel engine is but not responsive. It felt like the car was the of Lag Town at times. Its 9.2 second to 100km/h is the result of a tubby weight (1475kg) and lethargic to throttle input. It’s rough during start-up.

gingerly the car feels fine but if in a hurry be prepared for butt-clenching in traffic as the car plays catch-up to commands.

Compared to the smooth, diesels in the Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series, the comes off third-best.

The powertrain is certainly one of the car’s endearing aspects, and though the transmission is generally a methodical there were a few times the test when it was reluctant to gears, particularly in ECO and normal

Thankfully the car’s dynamics are the car eagerly eating up roundabouts and scything through corners at that will have the constabulary looking to club the unconscious with their

It steers well, is fun to coax turns under throttle and wallow through corners, nice and flat and offering of grip push on. It delivers ride quality, though it can’t match the silky refinement of the Volkswagen Golf, over deeper pot holes and in the road.

One could argue unlike the Golf, the A-Class have seven generations of to its name, and that’s a fair It’s only three-generations But having just stepped out of our Golf and into the A-Class, it where the Benz can improve.

Nevertheless, the proof is in the pudding. now, more than a after its launch, there is a waiting list of at least a of months for most Mercedes-Benz models, with variants as the A 250 Sport accounting for 40 per cent of A-Class sales in 2013! attract a six month wait.

The A-Class is not the best vehicle in its and upon closer inspection has rough edges. But even if car was a bucket of bolts, a sad excuse for engineering, a rusty clunker, almost put up with it because it so good.

Yep, the A-Class is a to the point where I occasionally slower to bask in the admiring/envious

The exterior design really a sweet spot; it’s proportioned with an attention to rarely seen in this and ultimately it’s these that make many feel good when

Price Guide (recommended before statutory delivery $40,990

Options fitted to car (not included in above Metallic Paint $1190

rating: Five-star (ANCAP)

fuel economy (L/100km): 4.6

CO2 (g/km): 121

Also consider: A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI (from $42,500 on-road costs); BMW 118d $42,500 plus ORCs); CT200h (from $39,990 ORCs); Volkswagen Golf (from $34,490 plus

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