Mercedes Benz A Class Review
Next Generation Mercedes Benz A Class launched
Mercedes Benz A Class to undergo a facelift to compete against Audi RS3
January 3, 2015: It is reported that to place a tough competition against Audi RS3, German car maker Mercedes Benz is going to bring the facelift version of its luxurious sedan A Class with various contemporary changes. The facelift A Class would be empowered with 2.0 litre petrol engine boosting the power of 355 bhp. According to sources of Mercedes Benz the new A Class will compete against Audi RS3.
Edition 1 of Mercedes Benz A Class launched
Edition 1 of Mercedes Benz A Class launching on June 24, 2014
Mercedes Benz A Class now in black color
Mercedes Benz A Class Review by Expert
Mercedes Benz A Class a car between temptation and reason is what the German car maker calls it and it stands right in toto. It is tempting and also satisfies the reason with its performance and more than hatchback features. German premium carmaker Mercedes Benz intends to enlarge its Indian array of cars with the launch of as many as 5 new cars that consist of new launched Mercedes A Class too, among others. The concept of the same that was displayed 2012 Auto Expo grabbed the eyeballs of every spectator present at the event.
The introduction of Mercedes A Class, which is basically a full size hatchback car, might provide a fitting shove to the upcoming Audi A1 premium hatchback in the country.
Mercedes Benz, the world’s frontier luxury car manufacture has brought a beautiful delight for world and specially Indian customers in the form of launched Mercedes Benz A Class in the C Segment. The first look of this princely beauty was shown in the Auto Show at Shanghai. This 5 door hatchback from Mercedes looks a lot similar to the BMW 1 Series mainly in external appearance. Mercedes Benz A Class is designed as an entry level car which would definitely come loaded with best in class specifications and world class luxurious features. Mercedes is now currently selling its A Class and B Class hatchbacks in Europe and America including India.
The Mercedes’ MFA platform is the base behind this 2012 Mercedes Benz A Class car which is a front wheel drive. The engine are turbocharged Diesel and Petrol. The powerful 4 Cylinder engine petrol is capable of producing a displacement of 1595cc. With Maximum Power Production of 122 Bhp at 3200 rpm and generating a Peak torque of 250 Nm at 1250 rpm this A-Class is definitely an instant hit. Meanwhile, diesel model has a 2.2L, 2143cc diesel engine under hood that churs out max power of 109 Bhp along with peak torque of 250 Nm. The exterior curves of this car are eye tempting and this new baby from Mercedes Benz is definitely leaving many hearts pounding. With a seating capacity of 5 passengers, Mercedes A Class provides a phenomenal boot space of 341 litres. It offers a 7-speed automatic gearshift. The long hood in the front area is really a new concept for Mercedes. The headlights beautifully carry the LED bulbs and the much acclaimed front grill looks really superb carrying the Mercedes 3 spoke logo. The body colored bumpers really infuses perfectly with the car paint.
Mercedes carries it’s old tradition to provide customers with the best in class interiors. The centre console houses the COMAND system which has now become a trademark for Mercedes. The driver gets an uplifted view of the road in this car which is a noticeable feature. The Mercedes Benz A Class has one of the best in class legroom and headroom which is quite impressive and it helps the occupants to be relaxed and enjoy the luxuries in a spacious manner.
Mercedes Benz A Class Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
|Mercedes Benz A Class Models||Mileage (City)||Mileage (Highway)|
|Mercedes Benz A Class Diesel||17.05 kmpl||20.06 kmpl|
|Mercedes Benz A Class Petrol||12.05 kmpl||15.05 kmpl|
Mercedes Benz A Class Models and features
|Mercedes Benz A Class Models||Special Features|
|Mercedes Benz A Class A180 Sport||This is the entry level Mercedes car and it is powered by a 1.6 L petrol engine. This car is affordable in the A Class series in India and is has a lot of features as standard including 7 airbags, ABS and ESP, Bi-xenon headlamps, Acceleration skid control, Attention assist, Adaptive brake lights, Brake assist, Hill start assist, Electric Parking Brake, ECO Start/Stop function and a lot of other comfort and convenience features inside.|
|Mercedes Benz A Class A180 CDI Style||This is the diesel model of the A Class. This is powered by a 2.2L diesel engine with impressive mileage of 20.06 kmpl on the highways. It also is available a 7-speed automatic transmission. It carries all features of A Class A180 Sprot.|
Mercedes Benz A Class Engine, Power and Performance
The Indian version of the Mercedes A Class is available in two engine options. The petrol option is the 1.6L, 1595cc turbocharged engine that outputs a peak power of 122 Bhp at 3200 rpms and a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1250 rpm. This engine is the most powerful in the A Class.
The diesel engine that powers the A 180 CDI is a 2.2L turbocharged 2143cc engine that outputs 109 bhp at 5000 rpm. This engine has a maximum torque capacity of 250 Nm at 1400 rpm and it is the least pollution car in its segment with low emissions. The A Class is available in India in one transmission option. The A 180 Sprot and A 180 CDI Style have a 7-speed automatic gearbox as standard
Mercedes Benz A Class Pick Up and Acceleration
One petrol and one diesel engine option are available on the Mercedes Benz A Class hatchback. In the petrol engine option, the A 180 Sport has a decent power delivery with the 1.6L, 1595 cc engine under the hood. The A 180 Sport has acceleration from 0 kmph to 100 kmph in just 9.2 seconds and as a top speed of 202 kmph. On the other hand, the diesel engine of Mercedes Benz A Class which is a 2143 cc 109 Bhp also has a decent pick up and acceleration. The A 180 CDi Style has acceleration of 10.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 kmph.
|Engine Type||Max. Power(bhp / rpm)||Max. Torque(Nm / rpm)||Transmission||Pickup(0-100 in sec)||Top Speed(Km/ h)|
|1.6L, Pertol Engine||122/3200||200/1250||Automatic||9.2||202|
|2.2L, Diesel Engine||109/5000||250/1400||Automatic||10.6||190|
Mercedes Benz A Class Exterior and Features
The A Class has a typical 5 – door hatchback styling and is the smallest of the Mercedes cars. This car is in operation since 1997 and initially it was sold as a multipurpose vehicle following its larger than hatchback proportions as well as big size apart from powerful engine line up. The A Class styling has evolved over the years and now it has entered the third generation with the unveiling of the new A Class at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Mercedes Benz A Class is completely different from the existing generation. And, the new generation A Class has been launched in India.
The present age A Class is a symbol of spacious nature and utility. The comparative small size than other Mercedes cars is deceptive as the A Class has lots of space for the occupants. Designed to appeal the senses, the exterior appearance of the A Class is a stand apart in class. The design fascinates and leaves a strong impression. The front of the car has a rising stature and the roof is curvy while the tailgate has a steep angle. The A Class exteriors are a combination of rounded as well as pronounced edges.
Overall the stance is upright and it presents a wide presence on the road despite of its relatively smaller proportions. The new A Class on the other hand has an extended wheelbase with a larger bonnet and roof. Designed in a one-box shape, the new A Class is completely different from the current generation car. The new Mercedes Benz A Class has restyled Bio-Xenon headlamps, new grille and new fenders and side lines. Interiors and Features The interiors of the A Class guarantes comfort in mobility. The interior has a seating for five people with lots of storage space at the rear. Even a long journey in the MPV like hatchback is as comfortable as the shorter one. The Mercedes Benz A Class interiors are made all the more pleasing with the presence of an array of equipments which include comfortable seats, powerful air conditioning and a steering wheel that has lots of controls on it.
The thermotronic automatic climate control air conditioning in the Mercedes Benz A Class takes care of the weather inside and keeps the environment inside cozy and comfortable for the occupants. In addition to this, there are dust and hazardous gas sensors that activate the system and thus keeps the inside of the car free from pollutants.
The A Class also come with a comfort package that will have leather upholstery and front seat heating. The A 200 comes with Avantgarde comfort and styling package that makes it a must have. The steering wheel of the A Class is an all in one functional station in itself. Adorned by buttons that are used for controlling audio, making and receiving calls as well as for controlling the speed of the car; they help handling of the car far more easier than conventional manually operated cars.
The Mercedes Benz A Class interiors can seat 5 people comfortably and there is ample room for the head, leg and shoulder inside. With the ergonomically designed adjustable front seats and the steering, driving is a pleasure in A Class. For those who wish to store some tidbits, there is more than sufficient space inside the A Class.
Safety Features in Mercedes Benz A Class
The Mercedes Benz A Class is class apart in terms of safety. It has Adaptive brake lights to warn the traffic that the car has undergone panic braking. Brake Assist (BAS) on the other hand mitigates the risk of accidents in times of emergency braking. The anti-lock braking system (ABS) makes sure that brakes do not lock and wheels spin as soon as the brake pedal is released. Electronic Stability Program on the other hand keeps the car on track.
There is also an array of other safety features of Mercedes Benz A Class such as acceleration skid control (ASR), Tyre pressure loss warning system, high level of safe crumple zone, Airbags, Active head restraints, engine turns off automatically in an accident, the doors automatically unlock and the fuel supply is cut off and hazard warning lights and emergency interior lights are automatically activated.
Mercedes Benz A Class Driving and Handling
The second generation car is even more easier to drive and handle than the first generation was. Similarly, the third generation car that will be on sale this year end in Europe is also expected to be far more easier to handle and drive following its longer wheelbase and other improved features in it. Made to tackle any road condition, the Mercedes Benz A Class hatchback has a spring/damper system that takes care of bumps and improves handling. Besides there is also a speed sensitive power steering that comes with Steer Control system that is as sensitive at low speeds as it is at high speeds. In addition to this, the all disc brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), ESP (Electronic Stability Program) with Acceleration Skid Control (ASR) and BAS (Brake Assist) are standard on all A-Class models ensuring that the car brakes well.
Mercedes Benz A Class Accessories
There are lots of accessories available for the Mercedes Benz A Class. However, the A Class in itself is equipped of so many standard equipments that there is seldom a need for accessories. But for the sake of styling and convenience the A Class has a variety of interior Accessories available namely, Coolbag, Concertina load sill protector, Boot tub, Back Cushion, Non-slip mat, Stowage crate, Velour floor mats, DUO plus child seat, Additional interior mirror. The interiors come fitted with Audio 20 CD radio with 6 disc CD changer, MP3 playback, 5" color display, Bluetooth interface with hands-free function, Aux-in connection, phone keypad and 8 speakers.
Mercedes Benz A Class Conclusion
The A Class is only the smallest offering for the name only as it has practically practical and spacious interiors. The overall running cost of the car is low as per the Mercedes Benz A Class car user reviews. Safety is certainly at the priority with airbags, ABS, EBD and lots of other factors. The A 180 CDi diesel model that returns 23.8 kmpl is a worth buy when even diesel prices are ready to take a flight. These features certainly make it stand apart in comparison to its global rivals – Audi A2 and Volkswagen Golf Plus. In India at a price of Rs 15 lakh, the A Class will be an excellent option to Volkswagen Beetle and Mini Cooper Countryman.
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