Review MercedesBenz AClass (2005 To Date) Used car

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Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door

Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class — To Date) review

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MERCEDES-BENZ (2005 — TO DATE)

out of 10)

REVIEW DATE: 12 окт 2009

Covered: 3dr/5dr hatch A200, A200T petrol, A180CDI, A200CDI diesel Classic SE, Avantgarde SE, Elegance SE]

A-CLASS (2005 — TO USED CAR MODEL GUIDE

In MK2 the A-class was rehabilitated. Get one before too people realise.

History has extremely harsh on the Mercedes Yes, the original model over on the infamous ‘elk but less widely known is Mercedes then implemented a and braces safety provision and the car on to sell over a million worldwide. Unfortunately, in making innovative car ultra-safe, the German also made it rather to drive. The second generation aimed to add a little sparkle and a upmarket look and feel. examples are some of the most of all premium vehicles and bargains are out if you’re prepared to do a little work.

MERCEDES BENZ A HISTORY

Few expected a great of the all-new Mercedes A-class it was introduced in Europe in September and early in 2005 in the UK. This dubbed by Mercedes anoraks the as opposed to its predecessor, the W168, so much a evolution of the old car as a complete and branch development. A wider of diesel engines were and three-door models also the A-class a more dynamic and image. UK cars started in January 2005 and sales steady with the unveiling of a A200T model giving drivers cause to examine the probably for the first time. In the range was slightly facelifted and slimmed down to the derivatives buyers really wanted, the smaller engines. There now only two petrol options the A150 with its 1.5-litre unit and the A170 with its lump producing 116bhp. The options were more than the refined petrol but had extra strength at low revs for the A-Class about town. The CDI was an 82bhp 2.0-litre affair the A180 CDI had that same and 109bhp. Mercedes introduced a of eco-friendly ‘BlueEfficiency’ tweaks the range to try and rival BMW’s package. This led to improved consumption figures and lower on all models.

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY?

The first and obvious change over the MK1 was that Mercedes were a three-door version of the A-Class in generation form, designed to to younger, more sports buyers. Despite the presence of the old Evolution model, nobody really take the MK1 car seriously as an of dynamic excellence. The stance of the MK2 car was a deal more conventional, not to purposeful, with a 45mm in width and a whopping 232mm in length. Its dimensions were now akin to a regular supermini its predecessor’s tall, short and measurements. Short and long models were replaced by a fits all policy, the three and door cars riding on the chassis. Despite this conventional sizing policy, a of A-Class trademarks were over. The second generation car was on an all-new platform but structural such as the innovative sandwich remained. Owners of the original wouldn’t take long to the quality advances of this once inside it. The dashboard like a scaled down of the E Class fascia — premium not Palitoy — and was with the help of a shiny customer clinic where from materials to switch to door slam and indicator were exhaustively tested. there are some who claim customer clinics crush innovation, such an approach has a difference with this That’s in stark contrast to the MK1 a model that was launched the market would see things its

Those first generation models were woefully of Mercedes Benz look and inside, although facelifted rectified this to a certain The second-generation car features soft fascia surfaces, sleek and a glove compartment lid that like an Asprey’s jewellery box than a CD case. About the compliment you can pay it is that it actually like a Mercedes. Although its dimensions are a good deal sporting than its predecessor, the MK2 features a host of MPV style features. The rear seats may not but they tumble forwards to a long flat floor and the Vario Plus system the cushion of the rear seat to be under the boot floor. As an Mercedes also offered seats that could be removed, leaving scope for the to be alone with a whole lot of air and thus carrying capacity. all very clever and means if the car you’re looking at is well you might need to allow a extra time for the vehicle as there’s quite a bit to learn. The MK1 Classic, Elegance and Avantgarde levels were carried into the MK2 range and air conditioning was on all models. A Luxury Climate system was offered as an option and data recorded by temperature, sun position and outside pollutant Other desirable options to
for include xenon headlights and a LCD display linked to Mercedes’ COMAND control system.

Mercedes-Benz A II 170 5-door

WHAT PRICE AM I LOOKING AT?

price for a Mercedes A150 SE is £6,775 on a 2005 05 plate. Go and more upmarket in the shape of a 55 plated A170 Avantgarde SE and you’ll need to budget Diesels start at around for an 05 plated A 160 CDI Classic or £7,775 for the quicker A180 CDI in equivalent Insurance is reasonable, starting at 5E for the A150 going up to Group 9 for the diesels. Only the A200 carries a hefty rating of 14.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT

A full Mercedes dealer history is absolutely essential, for the most recent models lengthy warranty — for the life of the car — is dependent on servicing by an authorised agent. that all the accessories work and out for cosmetic damage which can be to correct. These are popular cars, so check for wear and in the rear. Also look for the signs of wheel kerbing and repaired accident damage.


HOW IT DRIVE?

With the MK2 A-Class, the grew that little bit powerful to grow into the increased capability. The petrol up opens with the 95bhp then there’s a 115bhp and a punchy 136bhp A200. even offered a 193bhp version of this engine, that would have unthinkable in the original A-Class. The engine range shows greater innovation. All units are IV compliant and start with the A160CDI, the mid range being out by the109bhp A180 CDI and the premier powerplant is the 140bhp A200CDI, a car you should find an absolute — by diesel standards You’ll find a six speed transmission to be the default gearbox but a number of original customers for the optional Autotronic CVT gearbox. Its mode features seven although like a proper it has a torque converter. As well as power, the MK2 A-Class has a better system. Pry back the aerodynamic spoiler and a parabolic axle is This curved tube the rear wheels and is mounted to a pivot point with a providing lateral guidance. not a new idea but Mercedes refined the so that it was a good deal tuneable than the MK1 car’s arm set-up. The second generation car featured an adaptive damping Most such systems

use electronics to alter the characteristics of the but in this case, engineers at Chrysler developed a valve allowed the oil inside them to freely when the car negotiates surface irregularities, thus a composed ride, When is asked of the damper, the valve firming up the ride during cornering. The power steering rely on electronic trickery, a replacing the original A-Class’s system. As you might well this ‘A’ comes with a legion of electronic systems.

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

(approx. on A150 model) Allow £55 for a set of front brake and £35 for the rear and about (excluding catalyst) for a factory system. A full clutch would cost around a radiator is about £145 a starter motor can be up to £250. A new would be in the region of £495.

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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