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First Drive: The all-new A-Class

Posted: April 2013 | By Thomas Falkiner

The new A-Class has touched down on African shores. Does it what it takes to challenge the of BMW and Audi? The Wheel Deal hit Town to find out

What is it?

you’re looking at here is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class: a premium with which the Stuttgart-based is hoping to steal some thunder away from the established BMW 1-Series and Audi A3. by none other than Fetherston (the man responsible for the SLS AMG), it has been sculpted to to a whole new audience of motoring

While the previous A-Class was the choice for ditzy soccer the world over, this new one is to find fortune with jean-wearing hipsters looking for edgy, different and – as is the current trend – infinitely customisable  After what is the point of purchasing a car cannot express every fibre of your trendsetting

Following numerous media about the previous car, has gone and treated the new A-Class to a thorough working over. not only is it better built but it exudes a more premium aesthetic. From acres of plastics to dials and air-vents mimic those found in AMG models, it’s hard not to be by the development team’s efforts.

Fashionista-baiting style aside, is another important A-Class Scratch the specification-sheet surface and see that all models now receive Prevention Assist, Attention and Pre-Safe as standard.

Finally you can a more varied palette of engine offerings. At the time of you can choose between no less three turbocharged, direct-injection (A180 BE, A200 BE, A250 BE) and two diesel (A180 CDI, CDI) powerplants. Bolted to choice of six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox, all improved fuel consumption (up to 35% and reduced emissions.

Later in you can expect the sizzling hot A45 AMG to join the ranks.

How does it look?

One the new A-Class really does valuable points is in the all-important department. Taking his inspiration sand dunes, sharks and (yes, really), Fetherston has a car that certainly has no problem out from the rest of the premium pack. Notable highlights an aggressive new front apron is characterised by massive headlight and a gaping radiator aperture is home to one of the biggest tri-stars seen on a production Mercedes in awhile.

Depending on your choice of package (be warned, there are the latter can be offset by a radical grille that delivers bling than an East Rapper Convention. There’s eyeball entertainment to be had down the of the A-Class thanks to two convex lines that fire way down towards the aft wheel Though comparatively not as exciting, the of the car finishes things off nicely broad haunches and a set of twin tailpipes.

All in all this adds up to one impactful package.

What is it to drive?

Armed with I was really expecting the new A-Class to be a fine steer. Well it In fact I was left feeling disappointed after last test-drive around the Cape Peninsula.

With the exception of the A180 models that all fitted with relatively 16-inch alloy wheels, other model I drove my spine with a dreadfully and crashy ride.

Now usually such a lack of over the rough stuff into better handling twisting mountain passes. again, it doesn’t. Even the new car sits some 160mm to the ground and benefits from a centre of gravity, it just feel anywhere near as to drive as the comparable BMW 1-Series or A3.

In fact even the less Golf 7 is a much better car on every single level. The feels wooden, there’s a amount of body roll and the especially in cars equipped the optional Direct Steer goes about its business in a disconnected manner.

Admittedly the Sport, which benefits a bespoke suspension system by AMG, drives a bit better. But at R400 000, it’s no match for the cheaper Golf GTI or more expensive BMW M135i.

the all-new turbocharged engines are enough and provide a reasonable of poke, I found further in the optional 7G-Dual Clutch Mercedes-Benz claims that units are fitted with software sourced from the SLS AMG. But in reality they especially in full manual lazy and no quicker than traditional automatic gearboxes.

Any special features?

Plenty. I mentioned earlier, Mercedes-Benz has damn sure that any new model can be tailored to suit about any taste or pocket. you can choose between three lines, namely Urban, and AMG Sport.

And as if this isn’t a recipe for major procrastination, also thrown in three design packages (Night, and AMG Exclusive).

Whichever one you pick influence everything from the of the seats and colour of the headlining down to the design of the dials and covering the dashboard. Fortunately, if you are on a budget, you’ll be pleased to that even the base-spec models ship standard niceties like air-conditioning, USB connectivity, electric windows, Assist and a 12-button multifunction wheel.

Should you buy one?

For this is a fairly simple If you want to look good and a lot of heads down some urban boulevard, then the is, in all its customisable glory, the executive hatchback to inside your garage. No how you slice it, this is one stylish and product.

However, if you are after a car that’s a to boot, then your would definitely be better on any one of its rivals. The upcoming A45 AMG might me wrong but as things stand, the new seems to be all style and very driving substance.

The Facts: A-Class

Engine: 1595cc BE); 1595cc (A200 1991cc (A250 BE Sport); (A180 CDI BE A); 1796cc (A180 CDI BE M); (A220 CDI BE)

Power: 90kW at (A180 BE); 115kW at (A200 BE); 155kW at (A250 BE Sport); 80kW at (A180 CDI BE A); 80kW at 4000rpm CDI BE M); 125kW at 3400rpm (A220 CDI BE)

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200Nm at 1250rpm (A180 250Nm at 1250rpm (A200 350Nm at 1200rpm (A250 BE 250Nm at 1400rpm (A180 CDI BE A); at 1750rpm (A180 CDI BE M); 350Nm at (A220 CDI BE)

0-100km/h: 9.2-seconds (A180 8.4-seconds (A200 BE); (A250 BE Sport); 10.6-seconds CDI BE A); 11.3-seconds (A180 CDI BE M); 8.2-seconds CDI BE)

Top Speed: 202km/h (A180 224km/h (A200 BE); (A250 BE Sport); 190km/h CDI BE A); 190km/h (A180 CDI BE M); 220km/h CDI BE)

Fuel Consumption: 5.8l/100km BE); 5.8l/100km (A200 6.4l/100km (A250 BE Sport); (A180 CDI BE A); 4.0l/100km (A180 CDI BE M); (A220 CDI BE)

CO2: 135g/km BE); 136g/km (A200 148g/km (A250 BE Sport); (A180 CDI BE A); 105g/km (A180 CDI BE M); (A220 CDI BE)

Price: R273 718 BE); R296 632 (A200 R392 606 (A250 BE Sport); 000 (A180 CDI BE A); R300 000 (A180 CDI BE M); 000 (A220 CDI BE)

We like:

Bold, styling

Improved build

Endless ways to make it own

We Don’t:

Hard, crashy

A lack of dynamic sparkle

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