The brand new Mercedes-Benz A-Class
This time round the new A-Class looks more stunning than ever. It has been described as the biggest transformation of a single vehicle in the company’s history, which is quite a big statement indeed. It looks as if Mercedes-Benz finally has a vehicle to enter the premium hatchback segment.
The previous Mercedes-Benz A-Class was simply not good enough, it was just too level-headed. It appealed to mothers who drop their children off at school in the mornings or the elderly. We expect the new generation to appeal to the younger generation. The front end of the car has a wide grille, giving it a more intimidating and aggressive type of look. It looks more like a sports hatchback, being wider and 16cm lower than the outgoing model.
Styling wise the like likes BMW and Audi have a lot to contend with. For the updated and upgraded looks the spacious interior has been sacrificed. The boot has 341 litres of space, smaller than the outgoing model and the Audi A3. The seats do fold flat but only from inside the vehicle, meaning the car loses an element of practicality.
The A200 CDI AMG Sport has a leather seats with wonderful red stitching, offering a great contrast. Some reviews have stated their dismay at the quality of other interior features, with the material not quite being up to scratch. The Mercedes-Benz smart screen display is an optional extra with the likes of Audi offering it as standard.
It has been commended for its iPhone compatibility however. You are only able to fully utilise the system if you are parked up. Whilst on the move the system has limited functionality. The driving performance of the car is perhaps not the sharpest out compared to rivals but it will be able to satisfy most. The 18 inch alloy wheels variants really do stand out, with such large wheels on a small sporty hatchback. The new A-Class grips the road very well with the electromechanical power steering helping to enhance the handling. The quietness of the engine has been praised. You’ll feel comfortable and at ease whilst on the move. The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will without doubt be the best one yet.