Mercedes-Benz A-Class | 2013 A 180, A 200, A 250 Sport

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2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review


Mercedes-Benz is onto a with the new A-Class range. driven every engine and there isn’t a single dud them.

Not only that, but all the range are genuine value

Like, want a premium badge in your driveway for than $40k? Mercedes-Benz is the for you, with the $35,600 A 180 the A3. CT 200h and 116i by at least

It’s no stripper model the A 180. It’s loaded safety gear, and has things reversing camera, Bluetooth (including audio integration), parking assist, nine and an automatic transmission all as standard.

And is just the base model. The only gets better the up you go.


Material quality is but in the A 180 there’s more than one that, yes, this is the entry-point into Benz

The urethane steering wheel is of cost-cutting, the fabric seat and upholstery is another. But, by and the interior is well-made and solid.

There are lots of soft-touch on the dash, and the hard plastics on the console have a quality

Seat comfort in the manually-adjusted seats is good, and there’s of adjustment in both the seats and the column. The front seating though feels rather low too or maybe it’s because the line seems so high?

In the seat, there’s decent leg and room, but a shortage of headroom to intrusion from the arching Option the panoramic sunroof, and the seat feels even claustrophobic.

The SLS-inspired gimbal are a nice touch, however feel a little bit ‘loose’ moved by hand. They’re the real area of concern in of quality though, as the rest of the A switchgear and closures operate

But safety is where the A-Class excels.

There’s a wide of safety features fitted as including nine airbags front pelvis, front rear side/head, driver’s an anti-collision warning, Mercedes-Benz’s system, a reversing camera and a active bonnet.

That’s in addition to the usual ESP, brake assist and assist.

It really is a well-featured The headlamps are dusk-sensing, rain-sensing are standard-issue and so is cruise control, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, alloys and front and rear sensors.

There’s even a feature, also standard the range.

Move up into the A 200 or A 200 CDI . and you artificial leather upholstery on the bolsters and door trims, with a diamond-patterned dash Nappa leather upholstered wheel, auto-dimming rear-view electric lumbar support and a instrument cluster.

The wheels are upgraded to 18-inch alloys and the mirrors gain an electric mechanism. There’s also an exhaust pipe sprouting the rear bumper.

Both the A 200 and A 200 CDI $40,900, mirroring Mercedes-Benz’s strategy of pegging diesel at the same price as their equivalent.

When nearly other manufacturer (not luxury carmakers) charge premiums for diesels, it’s to see Mercedes give their a choice of engine without penalty.

In the range-topping (until the A 45 AMG arrives ) A 250 . there’s different trim, air vents, red contrast stitching, seat and door trim, a steering wheel and red seatbelts, all for a sportier vibe inside.

A sunroof is standard in the A 250, as are headlamps and privacy glass.

All models have a boot of 341 litres – about the for a small hatchback. The rear have a 60:40 split, but we describe the A-Class’ load capability as being especially


We’ve previously the A 250 Sport, so we’re not going to its on-road abilities here our A 250 drive report ). But most find that the A 180 has ample for the daily drive.

With and 200Nm – certainly not numbers – it nevertheless to feel ‘just right’: too slow, nor too fidgety, nor too soft.

Sure, when the drive is in Eco mode, it can feel a tad sluggish, but response sharpens up dramatically in mode.

But whichever the mode, the twin-clutch 7G-DCT automatic puts a foot wrong gear selection, and, some twin-clutch transmissions, standing starts as smoothly as a auto.

For the A 180, fuel is a key selling point. With a average fuel economy of just 5.8 l/100km, it’s a miser for sure.

Ride on the A 180’s standard 17-inch is good, albeit with brittleness on high-frequency bumps a result of the standard-issue run flat

Turn-in is sharp though, although there’s noticeable roll, the A180 corners well for a luxo-hatch. It’s not far the rear-wheel-drive BMW 116i for cornering

The brakes are reassuringly strong As far as all-round ability goes, the A 180 is a well-sorted thing.

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It’s a story with the A 200 petrol . 115kW and 250Nm from a highly-tuned version of the A 180’s 1.6 petrol, the A 200 BlueEfficiency feels

When hustling along, it has no handling steep grades needing the gearbox to drop a (or two) and accelerates eagerly overtaking.

The third of this the A 200 CDI . feels especially strong to its 100kW/300Nm 1.8 litre turbodiesel.

Its muscle however comes at the of a gravelly – and surprisingly – engine note. If you peace and quiet, maybe with the petrol engines.

A 200 variants handle well and are balanced on-road despite compact dimensions. Each has a firmer on-road feel the A 180 due to the 18-inch rolling stock below.

They’re certainly there’s barely a trace of steer or wheel spin even in the torque-laden A 200 CDI.


We were over by the A 250 Sport – we it’s one of the best hot-hatches of the But after driving the full A range. we’d have to the A 180 as the sweetest deal.

It’s no pocket rocket, but the optional AMG Sport Package at it and you have a very appealing hatchback that still for well under $40k.

It get you around town in good stick to the road when you it to and sip – rather than – petrol.

More (for some, maybe), is it proudly wears a three-pointed on its front grille. Want to your neighbours without the bank? This should do it.

But discount the A 200 variants – also value buying and the A 250 Sport is a steal at $49,900.

this combination of pricing, and desirability, we reckon the 2013 is going to sell like

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Pricing (excludes on-road

2013 A 180 1.6 petrol –

2013 A 200 1.6 petrol –

2013 A 200 CDI 1.8 diesel –

2013 A 250 2.0 litre petrol $49,900

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