MercedesBenz Aclass W168

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Mercedes A-class (W168)

M started its small car invasion in the 80’s by introducing the W201 ( 190E ). The result was very which sees the 190E its best seller alongside the W124. In fact, the European structure is changing. Bigger are no longer selling good the market bias towards cars. Therefore, in the fall of Mercedes stepped deeper the small car segment by launching the new A a car which is set to compete with Golf.

To distinguish itself other cheap hatchbacks, has to emphasis its superior build and safety of which it is famous. On the hand, it should not be much than its competitors because a found customers are not willing to pay 10% more than other for Mercedes’ quality. (Men are greedy !) If Mercedes-Benz were manufacturer, it would have a compromise solution and made a car slightly better quality and higher price. Obviously will not do good to the company’s because it has the reputation of making the cars in the world, not the best

Luckily, Mercedes-Benz is no other Instead, it applied the most concept since Sir Issigonis’ A tall body, near-zero and sandwich structure chassis. The is called Sandwich because the engine is placed above the but under the cabin. As a result, the is raised by a massive 200mm and so is the What is the advantage of such Firstly, because of the disappearance of the engine compartment, it made the car compact than any other but simultaneously offers class-leading space (actually runs to C class). Secondly, it provides crash-protection. Under crash, the will be pushed under the instead of pushed towards the legs as conventional cars. A class will pass any crash test in the future. due to the inherent advantage in crash-protection, no crash structure is needed, a lot of weight is saved. Weight may benefit performance if A class has a

proper engine (say, a 1.8 16 valves unit), but instead selected 2 tiny sohc ( 1.4 litres 82hp and 1.6 litres ) in order to enjoy lower and better fuel consumption.

A class is exaggerate tall 1598mm. At 1719mm, it is as wide as C but the height make it looks Its length is only 3575mm wheelbase is as long as 2423mm. For Volkswagen’s Golf has longer (2475mm), less width but a lot longer length (4020mm). A class has shorter wheelbase, its seats are actually placed inches back because the cabin is less obstructed by the arcs. By some mathematical we can see both cars has similar space, but the weight saving structure of the baby Mercedes an unbelievable weight of only (A160), while Golf IV probably weigh at 1150kg.

A class is a real one-box Its short front end extends towards the windscreen, this it like a MPV. Besides, details make it looks in any direction. Young people love its styling.

Mercedes Benz short front

Inside, the is nearly as spacious as C class, the roof is not as high as the appearance ( Because the floor is raised, ) Equipments are OK, but the trim level is No wood, no leather in this Mercedes are not what we have The plastic dash and central looks exactly plastic, VW Golf’s. The thick C pillar the airy scenery and rear 3 vision. This cabin is unfamiliar, with nothing it is a Mercedes.

When comes to road, the structure finally finds its excessive height leads to body roll. Particularly in setup, the soft springs badly with fast and the steering lack of feedback. To who really want this I strongly recommend the sportier setup, which improved the and steering dramatically, though not a hot hatch. Luckily, the sohc run lively, smoothly and quietly. with the slick-changing 5 speed box or an optional 5 speed clutchless A160 is capable of finishing in 9.6sec. In today, few 2-valves could be so lovely. We even whether a 4 valves per cylinder could be more versatile and for A class than this

Can A class revolute the future of Very possible. If it can improve the road behaviour, our answer be definitely positive.

The above was last updated in 1998. All Reserved.

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