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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

A Class act

Posted by admin on 5, 2012

Road test: A-Class

Standing next to Sijenta, it is hard not to be infected by his enthusiasm for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class.  He is product manager and talks knowledge and passion about the smallest of design features.  is also proud to have to get the striking South Seas colour you see in the pictures into the

  It isn’t just Natanael: all the are excited by the new model #8211; Dr. Hans Engel, Chief enthuses over the suspension and Featherstone.

Exterior Design Manager, his body as he describes the rising line and dropping roof It is easy to see why: here is an fresh product which a new Mercedes-Benz design language.  It is with innovative features and its sporty appearance makes face-lifted models look

It is absolutely critical Mercedes-Benz the new A-Class right.  With company car allowances, rising costs and a reluctant guilt environmental excess, smaller carrying premium badges are desirable.  They might be but their job is to ensure there are few compromises.

The aesthetics of the new A-Class are for all to see: strong stance, profile and the focused stare of the day lights.  Of course, the driving have to match this so on test is the blue A200 in AMG Sport specification, likely to be one of the popular engine choices for and private buyer alike.  Our day is situated in the Peak District, my stomping ground.

  This area has everything: of the most fantastic scenery our has to offer, Snake and Woodhead among the superb driving and for me, familiarity with the roads.

well balanced

The driving are every bit as good as the styling The car is exceptionally well balanced and the and gearing of the steering makes an absolute pleasure.  Ride is a compromise #8211; taught for handling yet reasonably supple to lumps and bumps. This only had a couple of hundred on the clock and still felt a tight to start with but did to free-up slightly over the 70 miles-or-so.

  The exhaust note is a little when opened-up but otherwise the unit is very refined. in-house-built, seven-speed dual auto ‘box is both and smooth and works well the diesel.

The interior of the new A-Class is well laid-out and has an uncluttered partly due to the drive selection made via a stalk behind the wheel.  It seems slightly at first but is easy to get used-to.  The parking brake is also below the dashboard.  The most features are the large, stylised air which look great.

  The carbon-fibre dash on the press looked good too and the overall in the cabin is one of contemporary materials and design.

The gods were at war

lunch, I swapped to the white, A250 and this has the heart really belongs beneath the of the new A-Class.  It is rapid, bringing in just 6.6 seconds but it is also and progressive and allowed further of the chassis’ capabilities.  Late the temperature dropped and rain and fell from the black

  Then it stopped and the sky looked the gods were at war.  It me why I love this bleak and part of the world.  It also the most exceptional back-drop for striking car.

  I learned to the A200; I love the A250.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

A-Class range starts at Models tested:

A200 AMG Sport (1,796cc with 7 speed DCT, £25,970

Power: 136 bhp (3,600-4,400 torque: 300 Nm (1,600-3,000 rpm), 114g/km CO2 (band C), 0-60 9.2 secs.

A250 AMG Sport petrol) with 7 speed from £26,855

Power: 211 bhp rpm), torque: 350 Nm (1,200-4,000 emissions: 148g/km CO2 (band F), mph: 6.6 secs.

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