Review Mercedes-Benz A – class (1998 – 2005) Used car

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Used Mercedes-Benz A – (1998 – 2005)


A – CLASS (1998 2005)

(5.8 out of 10)

REVIEW 12 апр 2006

Models Covered: A160, A170CDI, A160CDI Classic SE, Avantgarde, Elegance]; [Avantgarde, Elegance] A210


Ingenious, spacious and the A-class is no less a Mercedes, its compact size. It’s not but it should hold its value as as its bigger brothers.

It is said Mercedes-Benz design chief Sacco told his staff to everything you have learned so far unveiling details of the A-class to his advanced Design Team. the final result of their was like no other Mercedes. The first-ever entry in the growing sector is part-mini MPV, hatchback and part-supermini.

Yet, its diminutive dimensions, it offers room comparable with a Mercedes’ first attempt at a car displays considerable ingenuity. The length is one single passenger with the mechanicals lying below a unique ‘sandwich’ design. In a crash, the engine is to slide underneath the floor, of into the cabin.

Passengers are also out of range in side-impact accidents because sitting higher than That also makes the car to enter and exit.


The A-class had a start in Britain, due to a last-minute of the suspension and the addition of a number of features. Adverse publicity the car’s in extremis handling a manoeuvre peculiar to Scandinavian led to a delay of several months modifications were made.

meant that Mercedes’ new arrived in Britain in September with meatier tyres, suspension settings, the wheels set apart and a lower ride to improve stability. The price had £1,000 above initial but the car was extremely well equipped sophisticated technology for avoiding For example, it now had ESP (a sophisticated Electronic Programme) as standard; this was intended as an expensive option.

Here, the standard anti-lock automatically slow the car when detect the possibility of a front or skid. Mercedes had also a traction control system to ensure the power actually the road when accelerating out of situations. Plus there was Assist’ to optimise emergency and no fewer than six front and airbags.

This was arguably the supermini-sized car on offer at the time. The range featured three There were 1.4-litre and petrol units and a 1.7-litre diesel with the latest rail’ technology.

Three levels were on offer base Classic, sporty and luxury Elegance. The initial choice was either a conventional gearbox or a clutchless manual and cars have this which Mercedes calls the Clutch System’. Automatic was listed as an option for all models launch but deliveries did not commence mid-1999.

A larger 1.9-litre engine became available in May but this was only offered Avantgarde or Elegance specification. At the time, Mercedes upgraded trim across the range, the front seats and added equipment such as a front armrest in Elegance models. In the range was facelifted slightly, the key change being the addition of bumpers, and the A170CDi engine a slight boost in power.

Early 2003 saw another of the line-up. A 75bhp A160CDI was added and door mirrors integrated indicators were introduced. Trim levels also tweaked with an Classic SE version slotted the range. The Avantgarde model got air con in place of the rather unpopular sunroof.

Production of the A190 and Evolution models ended in 2004 and in the early part of an all-new sharper-looking A-Class to replace the old model range in its


Equipment are quite high for a supermini-sized car you’d expect a good for the price. As well as all the safety mentioned earlier, every has power steering, tinted central locking, all-round windows and a six-speaker stereo as standard. Opt for an Elegance and you get alloy air conditioning (essential in summer all that glass) and a higher of trim.

The Avantgarde, on the other hand, has glass with a band-tinted a slatted folding sunroof swapped for air conditioning), ivory-coloured and alloy wheels. Bear in that there is a vast list, so it is quite likely no two cars you consider will be alike. You’ll find, for that some early have optional air conditioning in of the sunroof and that a wide of audio systems are fitted the range.

Leather upholstery, in bright colours, is a popular option; the Avantgarde has grey trim.


The oldest A-class models are S-reg examples and prices at around £3,600 for a manual Classic. Another £200 or so secure you a 99S model. Elegance costs about £400 and you can expect to pay around another for the sporty Avantgarde.

The larger 1.6-litre petrol is about £450 extra and the models, available from 99T start from £4,600. recent A140s with trim are currently retailing at £4,900 on 04 plates, with the facelift models stretching to on a 54-plate. Diesels start at £4,400.

Add £300 for Elegance and another £50 or so more for Avantgarde. The Automatic Clutch (ACS) adds about and automatic transmission around A 52-plate Avantgarde auto cost in the region of £8,600.


A Mercedes dealer service is absolutely essential, especially for the recent models whose warranty – effectively for the of the car – is dependent on proper by an authorised agent. Check all the accessories work and watch out for damage which can be expensive to These are popular family so check for wear and tear in the

Also look for the usual of wheel kerbing and poorly accident damage.


The handling won’t excite the driver but there’s nothing with the performance. Of the two smaller engines, the A160 is the more to drive while the 1.9 majors on pulling power so you need to gear less around and it feels less frantic on the The clutchless manual takes a getting used to but is very once mastered.


(approx. Based on A160 Allow around £40 for a set of brake pads and £25 for the and about £175 (excluding for a factory exhaust system. A clutch replacement would around £175, a radiator is £135 whilst a starter can be up to £250.

A new alternator would be in the of £445 and a front headlamp cost about £95.

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