MERCEDESBENZ A Class Diesel Hatchback A180 CDI AMG Sport 5dr…

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what you thought you knew the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The game has as Andy Enright reports.

Ten Review

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class was for so the oddity at the base of the range; a car never seemed to communicate all Mercedes did best in a small That has changed with the A-Class, which seems a return to form from the company.


A is for Attack. The is completely new, down to the detail. In automotive development, not often you get the chance to start a clean sheet of paper. Our and designers have made the most of that opportunity. Dr Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz While I’d be the last to the good doctor, I don’t whether he’d appreciate us to the fact that the first was also a clean sheet and that car almost brought the to its knees thanks to the safety its failure to negotiate the infamous elk dealt. This time it appears that Mercedes has a more mainstream approach for its model, the then-radical engineering of the A-Class being ditched for a conventional silhouette. It’s upon closer inspection you begin to appreciate quite a big step forward this is.

Driving Experience

Although was a fairly racy 190PS Turbo model, not to mention the A38 AMG specials presented to F1 drivers Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen, the old was never any great shakes to The latest car is cut from very cloth. The petrol engines between 1.6 and 2.0 litre capacities and between 122bhp in the A180 and in the A200 through to 211bhp in the Common to all is the combination of direct and exhaust gas turbocharging, a more combustion process and an efficient system. The diesel engines feature sophisticated injection and turbocharging. The A180 CDI offers an of 109bhp and a maximum torque of up to while the A200 CDI has a maximum of 136bhp and torque that to 300Nm. The engines can be combined with the new six-speed manual or, as an option, with the 7G-DCT automatic transmission. Underpinning the Benz is the suspension system beneath the B-class, featuring struts up front and a four-link at the back. The quicker A250 runs on a specially tuned suspension that gets alloy wheels with the AMG sport styling package. The is an electro-mechanical system that has tuned to offer improved and response when cornering. One of the interesting aspects of the latest is the fact that the more versions are set to be offered with drive transmission and Mercedes been coy about the fact it is willing to work with its partner AMG to develop an A25 AMG 4Matic that will go toe to toe with the RS3 and BMW M135i. With 350PS to upon, it looks quite a

Design and Build

Mercedes-Benz B 180 CDI AT Base

The A-Class has the ‘one-box’ shape of its predecessor for a conventional two-box hatchback but it’s packed with styling features. The eye is immediately to the upsweeping feature lines on the flanks which gives and tension to the profile. Even the models have a stance and that looks sporting, and the specification cars look purposeful. There’s a decent of space inside although the has clearly been on improving quality and offering a sportier All trim elements have given an electroplated finish, in real metal surfaces a cool touch effect. The panel is divided into a profile-type upper section and an lower section. Perhaps the interesting design touch is looks like an iPad on the upper part of the centre but which is in fact an integrated system. It’ll sync with an iPhone and expect connectivity to follow in due course. The cluster comprises two large instruments, each of them a small round instrument set it. When at rest, the dial stand at 6 o’clock. The pointer are generally white, although the sportier design and equipment they are finished in red. The steering wheel comes twelve function buttons and an bezel. It all feels beautifully in stark contrast to the first

Market and Model

Prices sit in the to £25,000 bracket and there’s a of four main trim — standard, SE, Sport and Sport’ — with availability of the more potent as you progress up the ownership ladder. A-Class variant you choose 1.6 or 2.0-litre petrol or the 1.8-litre — all models come the equipment features you’d which in the case of the standard level runs to an Audio 20 with 5.8′ colour It’s a set-up that’s WMA and AAC-compatible and has a useful aux-in plus a USB port within the armrest. There’s also and Becker Map Pilot pre-wiring. As progress up the range, customers can between various suspension among them the optional suspension with Direct-Steer The A-Class differentiates itself in sector by being the only in its class to feature as standard a collision warning system. with adaptive Brake which lowers the risk of collisions, the Collision Prevention system gives a visual and warning to alert a distracted to identified obstacles, and prepares Assist for the most precise response possible. This is as soon as the driver steps on the brake pedal. It’s all clever but like the best doesn’t impose itself it’s actually needed. The preventive occupant protection is now available for the first time in the This first appeared in the luxury saloon back in and it’s taken a decade to down to the entry-level car. suite of technological features reversible belt tensioning, the of side windows and sliding and adjustment of the fully electric passenger seat. Other fitted as standard include Assist, which monitors the and style of your driving and recommendations when you may well be in a fatigued state, Brake function and Hill Start Options include

Blind Spot Assist, Keeping Assist, Speed Assist, Active Parking and a reversing camera. It’s a car. How much assistance do you

Cost of Ownership

All mainstream models carry ‘BLueEFFICIENCY’ meaning that they equipped with all the brand’s eco-tweaks. As a result, returns are with the A180CDI variant 74.3mpg on the combined cycle and out just 98g/km of CO2. The CDI manages 65.7mpg and 114g/km. The wasn’t a bad performer when it to retained values, with mature buyers snapping up low-mileage cars. This is going to be a very different and one that Mercedes will to be careful about. The amount of available for this model push prices very and damage residuals, but I’d be prepared to bet that it’ll an Audi A3 after three A lot of work has been devoted to competitive economy and emissions despite the sportier bias. All in the new A Class feature the ECO start/stop as standard. What’s more, the can be combined either with a six-speed manual transmission or, as an with a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, which will the more fuel efficient

As perverse as it might seem, to a more mainstream position this A-Class might be a step for Mercedes than the design of its radical predecessor. Is it an of failure? A recognition that the values should really be extended down so far? Mercedes, however, is nothing if not a looking company and once it hasn’t done things by Of all the high-profile launches at the 2012 Show, the A-Class was the one that industry observers identified as the big There’s real substance and a focus that’s rare in a huge project. All too often the vision gets watered and diffuses as it nears production, but the seems to have all of Mercedes’s brand values sublimated an economically packaged and wholly hatchback. Today’s Mercedes has its back and no car better typifies than the A-Class. Who’d thought it?

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