Mercedes A 200 CDI – First Drive – Road Tests – Motoring – The Independent

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Mercedes A 200

CDI – First

Engine . 1.8-litre four-cylinder diesel

Transmission . seven-speed automatic

Power . 136PS at and 4,400 rpm

Top speed . 130mph

(0-62 mph): 9.3 seconds

. from £24,720 (six-speed available for £23,270)

It is, perhaps, a judgement but the arrival of the new third-generation marks a sharp and sudden end to wasted years in the compact car for Mercedes-Benz. The first-generation model, in 1997, adopted an unusual body style that its high sandwich floor a feature designed to accommodate or other equipment for models alternative drive-trains that arrived. That car survived a with disaster early in its when it failed the now famous swerve manoeuvre carried out by a magazine but recovered after quickly introduced some mods to deal with the

With the second A-Class, appeared to make a partial that it had got it wrong the first around; in terms of appearance, car was a bland halfway house the original tall look and a hatch such as the Volkswagen There wasn’t much with it but there wasn’t to get excited about either.

Now there is a new A-Class that is that its predecessors weren’t – and a very good thing With this third-generation Mercedes has finally produced an compact car that adopts a with a similar low-line to all those other C-segment but feels like a proper should out on the road with a car” gait and a superb that provides high of ride comfort and dynamic Add in some – by Mercedes’ standards – keen prices starting at and this A-Class seems set to be a

There are three petrol options at launch; a 122 horsepower 1.6 A 180, a 156 horsepower 1.6 badged A and a two-litre A 250. Diesels are A or A 200s. The A 200 diesel has a 1.8-litre that generates 136 horsepower.

All A 180s have 109 horsepower but get a 1.5-litre engine and cars with the seven-speed dual-clutch have 1.8 litres. The 1.5’s capacity is 1,461cc, a figure with one of Renault’s mid-sized engines; Mercedes recently into an alliance with and its strategic partner Nissan but to be a bit cagey about the precise of any sharing with the French in this case.

The Renault is excellent, though, so there’s no need to worry too much it turning up in some form or in a Merc. This wrinkle all engines are available with the six-speed manual or seven-speed

Mercedes A 200

There are five trim – a base car, only as an A180 petrol, SE, Sport, AMG and Engineered by AMG. The AMG Sport and by AMG models shouldn’t be confused the much more powerful A-Class AMG model, the A 45 AMG, is due to arrive early next

The basic £18,945 A 180 is reasonably and its kit list reflects Mercedes’ emphasis with the new model on connectivity; there’s an Audio 20 with a 5.8 inch colour an aux-in socket, a USB port, and pre-wiring for the Becker Map Pilot system. Becker Map Pilot is an halfway solution between an fully built-in set-up and an unit with lots of trailing wires; the Becker sat nav in a separate box, but when it is to the car, it displays its map information and on the car’s own dash-mounted screen.

Also available, as an option, is Kit Plus, which includes a app that provides deep between the iPhone and the A-Class, Twitter, Facebook, Internet and other services to be accessed via the own screen. This set-up also be SIRI compatible. I that Android support be available next year.

The SE available with the A 180 petrols and adds 16-inch alloy sports seats a leather wheel and other trim SE prices start at £20,125. models, which cost £21,240, are available with the A 180 and A 200 engines and the A 180 and A 200 CDI diesels.

They get twin exhaust 17-inch wheels, a Nappa steering wheel and several (artificial leather) trim The AMG Sport, which starts at has 18-inch wheels and the Dynamic Package comprising sports perforated brake discs, control, an AMG body kit and 18-inch Finally, engineered by AMG models, available with the A 250 petrol and the future more powerful A 220 CDI engine, get changes such as tyres, a reprogrammed ESP system, headlamps and further exterior enhancements.

The A-Class also up to Mercedes’ reputation, alongside as an innovator in safety, with systems such as Active Collision Prevention Assist (an braking feature designed to a rear-end collision with a that the driver has not noticed) and Assist, which alerts a driver to the need to take a

On the road, the new A-Class is superb. I the A200 petrols and diesels, with the seven-speed dual automatic. Both engines smooth and quiet, and the gearbox is a one, even compared the many modern dual-clutch that have been offered since Audi the concept with its first DSG almost a decade ago.

Dynamically the A-Class is very too, with fluid steering and flat cornering must now surely banish all of elk-induced instability for ever.

But the biggest achievement is giving the for the first time a “big feel with great comfort and high levels of For most of the time I drove the or travelled in it as a front seat I simply forgot how small it traditional Mercedes Fahrgefühl has in the compact car class at last.

Any Just two small ones. the A-Class appears to offer a of two halves where front occupants get a better deal those in the back; the rear accommodation is a bit limited compared that in the front, and with windows it can seem a bit dark in the too.

Also, the endless emphasis on the new sporty qualities, heavily in body trim and model may put off some traditional Mercedes who might otherwise be attracted by its big plus points, its “baby feel, its high levels of and excellent engineering – that’s me, But these are minor points in an overhelmingly positive picture.

The sign that the new A-Class was to be really good came the arrival of the current B-Class, which it shares its front-wheel platform. The good news is there will be three new models that will the same base; a four-door that looks a bit like a CLS, a small SUV and one more car Mercedes wants to keep us about. All I know is that if it’s only half as as the new A-Class, it will be very indeed.

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