Drive MercedesBenz A170 Review

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Mercedes-Benz W169

Bill McKinnon

Make Model A170 Price retail $36,900, three-door Model Variant CLASSIC,ELEGANCE W169,W169 Series Year Body Group 5D HATCHBACK 85kW at 5500rpm (average). Three years/unlimited kilometres average).

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The 1997 A-Class didn’t do a impersonation of a real Mercedes-Benz. It though, leave one notable After a test car went side up in the hands of a Swedish — the infamous moose incident — Mercedes together a fix that included control, the first time significant safety feature was on a small car.

So the mythical can take the credit for introducing the that little cars offer the same sophisticated technology as big ones.

The 2005 remake includes three- and body styles, starting the A150 Classic three-door, at $29,900.

A Merc for only What’s the catch? Well, the 1.5-litre four-cylinder produces 70kW of power and 140Nm of It’s the slowest 30 grand in For obvious reasons, it’s solely with a five-speed gearbox.

The A170 Classic three-door costs $34,400 and the five-door is The 1.7-litre produces 85kW of so it’s no bitumen shredder

However, it is strong enough to with an automatic option. has opted for a continuously variable (CVT), which costs an $2500.

Further along the scale, the 100kW 2.0-litre Avantgarde (a faux sporty three-door costs $40,400 and the Elegance (as in luxury decor) is at $42,900.

All three engines, light and compact, are relatively with only two valves a for example, and no variable valve

Performance, in the true sense of the will arrive later in the with the 142kW A200 A direct-injection turbo diesel will probably be added to the as well.

The 2005 A-Class is larger than the original, greater use of ultra high-strength alloys and bonded joints, to crash protection. Six airbags are now

It retains the sandwich floor, to provide a space into the oblique mounted engine/transmission is directed in a frontal collision, than being pushed back into the cabin.

The strut front suspension stays. A new parabolic spring assisted by two Watts linkage is claimed to provide improved roll resistance and precise location. Progressive rate are also fitted, along disc brakes at both

We tested the five-door A170 with the CVT and a few other options, $45,000 worth before on costs.

It’s a hefty for a small car with shopping performance, though the 1.7 is fine for work, where it trundles using the wide, tractable and returning great fuel on regular unleaded.

When you quick, responsive acceleration to merge, change lanes on an road, or overtake — the lack of power is apparent. The CVT trying to tap a top end that just there.

However, it avoids the usual and harshness problems of conventional mated to small, low-powered and is particularly smooth in operation.

The car had a quirk in which the engine failed to immediately respond to the usually after coasting to a stop. Nothing would for a moment, then it would to life.

As far as short, tall go, it is quite a taut, tight The body is strong and solid. The though quite firm, is with big-car finesse. The are powerful and progressive. The 195/55 (on 16-inch alloy wheels, of the Elegance option package) well and generate little noise.

Mercedes-Benz W169

After the moose debacle, the 1997 A-Class had its lowered and stiffened. The resulting was harsh, especially on the goat that pass for our roads. The new is still firm, yet it’s impressively compliant, comfortable and on all surfaces.

The electro-mechanical, speed-sensitive power is OK in town but at freeway speeds you are chasing the wheel, making adjustments to keep the car pointed

Mercedes-Benz has overhauled the A-Class to meet prospective buyers’ by making it look and feel a genuine luxury car, than a toy.

When it to frills, the standard equipment though, is still skinny. The includes 15-inch steel power front windows, a single CD player, remote locking and a trip computer. The adds 16-inch alloys, wipers and automatic headlights.

The and functionality of the controls, including the steering wheel, clear instruments and the location of the information screen in the centre of the instrument make the A-Class dashboard and safe to navigate. However, little oddment storage at hand.

The quality of materials is years ahead of the original as is the standard of fit and finish. The firmly supportive driver’s seat has travel, cushion height/tilt and a rake/reach-adjustable wheel (not on the are also provided.

Although you sit quite close to the low window sills, especially at the and the high roof create a sense of openness, space and Vision is unobstructed in all directions.

seat space, by small car is generous and wide opening permit easy access. occupants travel in comfort. The itself is firm, with a cushion and supportive backrest. restraint anchors are on the back of the

A high-opening tailgate reveals a spacious cargo bay. The split rear seat is and easily folded (at the cost of front seat travel) for an flat floor. Optional rear seat cushions are available. A load cover and spare on a steel wheel are

Mercedes-Benz has now delivered the car the A-Class have been in the first

Quality, refinement and comfort three key Mercedes ingredients it forgot to include in the original have been lavished on the

The A-Class is still an expensive car. Look at what you can buy for similar money and it’s that the proposition here is premium dollars for a premium

Mercedes-Benz W169
Mercedes-Benz W169


Mercedes-Benz W169
Mercedes-Benz W169

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