The A-Class appealing to youth
Ever since the A-Class’ appearance at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the car has been extremely highly anticipated ever since.
But why did Mercedes-Benz feel the need to change the vehicle in such dramatic fashion? The older generation appealed to just that, the older generation. The car had passed it’s sell by date, considering it hasn’t changed too much since 1996 when it was released. That family image was good while it lasted but that needed to be changed.
Mercedes-Benz wanted their new A-Class to appeal to the youth and compete with cars such as the Audi A3. The refreshed A-Class will not go without it’s rivals however. As mentioned before the A3 will provide some tough competition, but the car will also have to compete with the Volvo V40, car which has received rave reviews. Rivalling such cars is an achievement itself for Mercedes-Benz.
Just by looking at the new car, you’ll instantly be amazed. From the front, you will see a wonderful wide grille below shapely and modernised headlights. The rear of the car looks somewhat like an Audi A3! But from any angle you will like what you see. The whole model has been revitalised, in-fact there are no similarities with the outgoing generation.
Quality wise, inside the cabin, it can be said that the Audi A3 is better than the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The choice of material as well the actual design is of a higher standard within the Audi A3.
The driving position is very comfortable with a great view of the road ahead. At the back you are able to seat two tall adults, they will have plenty of and leg room to stretch. Perhaps that’s where the A-Class may beat the Mercedes-Benz. The boot has a decent amount of room for suitcases a large amount of family shopping.
There will be three turbo diesel engines made available and three petrol engines. The transmissions made available include a six speed manual or a Mercedes-Benz developed seven speed twin clutch transmission.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class will start from less than £19,000 for the 1.6 litre petrol. The 1.8 litre turbo diesel will be able to produce a maximum of 105 BHP.
The new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class sounds like a great vehicle to purchase in our opinion.