MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS HATCHBACK A180 Sport 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2136 g/km

A CLASS ACT

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has traditionally sold to a high proportion of female motorists. But will this improved third generation version have as strong an appeal to the fairer sex? June Neary decides

Will It Suit Me?

Early generation versions of the Mercedes A-class offered the small 'Benz model that admirers of the brand had been waiting for. Prior to the arrival of this car, you had to stretch up to a C or an E-Class you get yourself ownership of something with the coveted Three-Pointed-Star upon the bonnet. First and second generation A-Class models proved to be a quiet success, especially with female buyers and small families, progress built upon by the third generation A-Class that launched in 2012. Now we've a fourth generation model, a car I tried recently and one that gets a smarter look and greater efficiency.

Practicalities

Does this dinky Mercedes still suit the female motorist? Certainly, I liked the looks at first glance. Someone has thought long and hard about this car. The first time you climb into one, you'll be astonished at the way that the A-Class manages to pack so much into such a small exterior length. Its dimensions are similar to a regular Focus-sized family hatch and there's almost as much front and rear passenger space in this five-door-only design as you'll find in Mercedes' C-class saloon, plus a decent 370-litre luggage bay. One of the things I really noticed about this fourth generation model was the vastly upgraded interior. The usual instrument binnacle cowl has been completely dispensed with, so the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard can extend from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. A virtual instrument screen (of either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) replaces the usual dials and can be joined with a centre-dash infotainment display (again either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) to create one continuous monitor, much as you get in larger Mercedes models. As our Road Test Editor recently said, about the best compliment you can pay this car is that it now actually feels much more like a Mercedes.

Behind the Wheel

Ride quality was always an issue in MK3 model A-Class derivatives. Here, it's much better and at extra cost, adjustable damping can be added in. The brand's 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system is standard, as usual enabling you to tweak steering feel and throttle response. Some of the autonomous driving capability from larger Mercedes models has been built into this one, meaning that, in certain situations, you're a-Class, if appropriately equipped, will effectively be able to drive itself on dual carriageways at cruising speeds. On to engines. The entry-level A200 variant is likely to be most popular featuring a new 1.4-litre 163hp unit available with either 6-speed manual or 7G-DCT dual-clutch auto transmission. Rest to 62mph in the manual model takes 8.2s. Next up is the A220 with a 190hp 2.0-litre engine and is the only derivative to offer a 4MATIC 4WD option. That variant sits just below the A250, which uses that 2.0-litre petrol powerplant in a 224hp state of tune. Rest to 62mph here takes 6.2s. Both the A220 and the A250 are only offered with a 7G-DCT auto 'box. At the top of the range is the 2.0-litre hot hatch Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC which offers a potent 306hp. There are three diesel alternatives, all offered only as automatics. The first is the A180d, which puts out 116hp and uses the 7G-DCT auto gearbox. Next up is the A200d which has a 2.0-litre 150hp engine. Beyond that lies the top A220d, which tunes the same unit up to 190hp. The A200d and A220 use an 8G-DCT auto.

Value For Money

The A-class isn't cheap - but which Mercedes is? Prices start from around £26,000, but you can easily spend over £30,000 on one of these cars. So yes, it's pricier than that mainstream family hatchback you were considering - but you should get much of the difference back in better residual values at trade-in time.

Could I Live With One?

Certainly - if I could afford the car to start with. The A-class is still a classier way to buy into a compact car. I rather like it.

  • Rear wiper
  • 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings

  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Anti lock brake system with Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program with Anti Skid Control
  • Electronic parking brake

  • Velour floor mats

  • Lowered comfort suspension

  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces

  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • 180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines
  • Attention assist
  • Direct steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Speed sensitive power steering

  • ECO start/stop function
  • Car wash mode

  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Owners manual in English
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • 7" colour screen in instrument panel
  • 7" touchscreen media display
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance

  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
  • Body coloured door mirrors

  • Dark carbon fibre interior trim

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • Mercedes-Benz sound system - 100W
  • 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Black weather strip
  • Diamond radiator grille with black pins with one louvre in silver + chrome insert
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome beltline
  • Radio aerial
  • Window line trim strip in chrome
  • Exhaust system - Twin visible tailpipes in polished stainless steel

  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp

  • Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control
  • Black air vents with surround in silver chrome

  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Interior mirror with reading lamps in black and frameless
  • Artico man-made leather/Fleron fabric upholstery
  • 3 Spoke leather multi function steering wheel
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Controller on centre console with chrome surround
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Black roof lining
  • Front seat backs luggage nets
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column

  • Seat comfort pack - A Class
  • Light and sight pack - A Class

  • Window airbags
  • Black seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows

  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Front comfort seats with adjustable head restraints
  • ISOFIX and top tether child seat fixing points in two outer rear seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear head restraints
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Manual height adjustable front seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment

  • Keyless Go
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Urban guard vehicle protection system with immobiliser and interior protection

  • Rear axle torsion beam

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres

  • 17" 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in matt black with a high sheen finish

  • Tirefit sealant kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.101
  • HC: 0.027
  • NOx: 0.031
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 136
  • CO2 (g/km): 121
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.4
  • CC: 1332

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 41.5
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 64.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 20E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 92
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 148
  • Engine Torque - NM: 200
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1460
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.8
  • Top Speed: 134
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R17
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 1992
  • Height: 1440
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4419
  • Width: 1796
  • Wheelbase: 2729

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1365
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1880
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 355
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 680
  • Max. Loading Weight: 515
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1195
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Designo metallic paint: £795

  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £595
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595
  • Metallic - Digital white: £595

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Patagonia red: £795

  • Artico man-made leather/Fleron fabric - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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