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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

New A-Class BMW and Audi#8217;s compact cars a credible rival, says Grant.

SECTOR Lower PRICE #8364;23,978 #8211; FUEL 3.8 #8211; 6.4l/100km#160; CO2 98 148g/km

Radically different to its this isn#8217;t only one of the important Mercedes-Benz models of years, it#8217;s one of the most fleet launches of 2012. the car charged with putting the star back on the map

in what#8217;s a crowded premium C-segment, so it has to be

The first generation A-Class a lot when it launched in 1997. than a Ford Ka, but with rear passenger space a C-Class, all except the driver#8217;s could be removed to turn it a compact van.

Audi had a different approach. The A3, launched a year beforehand, was exactly the sporty small car young moving out of volume brands interested in. So much so that Volvo and Lexus have all rival products in the meantime.

meanwhile, had two small MPVs at the end of its range.

New A-Class is aimed at rectifying It has adopted a similar profile to its with optional AMG styling and the to make this the fastest or the fuel-efficient A-Class ever which adds up to a much appeal than the outgoing

Mercedes-Benz doesn#8217;t expect to existing A-Class owners. sales have grown in some markets since was introduced, and the 70,000 global for the new A-Class suggests those who saw it as an entry point have with it, joined by a large of newcomers.

The range is similar to its rivals, the aggressively-styled AMG Sport#160;version shown on adverts for the car. The non-AMG are subtler and less eye-catching, but a neatly proportioned car with a low which looks sporty on all the steel wheels and hubcaps of the model.

Drivers seeking the efficient Mercedes-Benz on sale have to make much of a sacrifice. The A180 CDI is powered by 1.5-litre diesel engine, as in the Megane, and it#8217;s a really fit. Power delivery is rather than peaky, changes are firm and positive and if it#8217;s less rattly the manufacturer#8217;s own units offered up the range.

But it#8217;s only the manual which gets the Renault the automatic uses a 1.8-litre unit.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The A180 CDI and A200 CDI are to be the most popular engine in Europe, and both are offered the AMG Sport styling pack. up to larger wheels, though, and the loses its double-digit CO2 emissions, up to 108g/km for the largest wheels. For it#8217;ll be a small price to pay for the looks.

Interior styling is as strong as the bodywork, feeling very in line with the manufacturer#8217;s cars. All trims get tombstone-shaped seats varied only in the of their bolsters, and the back don#8217;t feel cramped with#160;the low roofline. The biggest between entry and top-level is the aluminium accents, optional fibre style inlays and red which can make cheaper feel a bit gloomy compared to better-equipped siblings.

This is an successful overhaul of the A-Class which loses little of the car#8217;s head-turning shape.

It#8217;s keenly priced, great to drive and no less than its key rivals. Mercedes-Benz had to get big-selling sector right, and the new is very, very good.

New has the style, driving experience and costs to be a real success. a huge departure from the car, but it#8217;s exactly Mercedes-Benz needed.

Added by Grant

Motoring Editor, Fleet World

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