Review MercedesBenz AClass (2005 To Date) Used car

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



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REVIEW DATE: 12 окт 2009

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


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.


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.


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

hoping the market would see its way. Those first A-Class models were short of Mercedes Benz and feel inside, although variants rectified this to a extent. The second-generation car features touch fascia surfaces, switchgear, and a glove compartment lid closes like an Asprey’s box rather than a CD case. the best compliment you can pay it is that it feels like a Mercedes. its exterior dimensions are a good more sporting than its the MK2 A-Class features a host of MPV interior features. The rear may not slide but they tumble to leave a long flat and the Easy Vario Plus allows the cushion of the rear to be hidden under the boot As an option, Mercedes also passenger seats that be completely removed, leaving for the driver to be alone with a lot of fresh air and thus carrying It’s all very clever and that if the car you’re looking at is specced, you might need to a little extra time for the handover as there’s quite a bit to The MK1 model’s Classic, Elegance and trim levels were over into the MK2 range and air was standard on all models. A Luxury Control system was offered as an
and uses data recorded by humidity, sun position and outside sensors. Other desirable to look for include xenon and a dash-mounted LCD display linked to excellent COMAND control

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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.


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.


With the MK2 the engines grew that bit more powerful to grow the car’s increased capability. The line up opens with the A150, then there’s a A170 and a punchy 136bhp Mercedes even offered a turbocharged version of this something that would been unthinkable in the original The diesel engine range even greater innovation. All are Euro IV compliant and start the 82bhp A160CDI, the mid range marked out by the109bhp A180 CDI and the diesel powerplant is the 140bhp a car that you should find an blast — by diesel anyway. You’ll find a six manual transmission to be the default but a surprising number of original went for the optional Autotronic CVT Its ‘manual’ mode features gears, although like a automatic, it has a torque converter. As as more power, the MK2 A-Class has a suspension system. Pry back the underfloor spoiler and a parabolic is evident. This curved joins the rear wheels and is to a central pivot point a linkage providing lateral It’s not a new idea but Mercedes the system so that it was a good more tuneable than the MK1 trailing arm set-up. The second car also featured an adaptive system. Most such 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.


(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.

Mb a class w169 chassis
Mb a class w169 chassis
Mb a class w169 chassis
Mb a class w169 chassis


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