Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 7" colour screen in instrument panel
  • 7" tablet style colour display
  • Active lane keep assist
  • Attention assist
  • Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
  • Bulb failure indicator
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Direct steering
  • Dynamic drive mode selector
  • External temperature gauge
  • HDD Navigation system
  • Low fluid warning light
  • Remote online services
  • Radio aerial integrated into roof spoiler
  • Reversing camera
  • Service indicator (ASSYST PLUS)
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Stop/start system
  • Trip computer
  • Voice control system
  • Warning lamp for direction indicators

Entertainment

  • 2 usb ports in centre console
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX Multimedia system including digital instrument cluster and phone mirroring

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG body styling
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Chrome beltline
  • Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and silver louvre + chrome insert
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Headlamp assist
  • Heated rear window with timer
  • High level third brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • LED rear lights
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wiper
  • Twin Trapezoidal tailpipes

Interior Features

  • 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
  • 12V socket
  • 3 spoke flat bottomed nappa leather sport steering wheel
  • Ambient lighting
  • AMG floor mats with red stitching
  • Artico leather/Dinamica upholstery
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Black headlining
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Controller on centre console with chrome surround
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Exit lights
  • Footwell lights
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door sills with Mercedes lettering
  • Front head restraints
  • Front seat backs luggage nets
  • Front sport seats
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated cup holders
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated storage compartment
  • Integrated head restraints
  • Interior door handle illumination
  • Isofix rear child seat preparation
  • Load securing rings in luggage compartment
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Oddments tray lighting
  • Reading lights
  • Rear head restraints
  • Storage compartment under load area floor
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • touchpad
  • Twin front cupholders

Packs

  • Seat comfort pack - A Class

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Active bonnet
  • Brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
  • Child proof door locks
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front head airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill start assist
  • Occupancy sensor for passenger seat
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Keyless ignition
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Lowered comfort suspension

Trim

  • Chrome air vent surrounds

Wheels

  • 18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels in titanium grey with highsheen finish
  • Tirefit sealant with electric air pump

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

136

HC+NOx

Noise Level dB(A)

69

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1332

Compression Ratio

10.6:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

72.2

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

81.4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

47.1

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

60.1

EC Urban (mpg)

34.9

General

Badge Engine CC

1.3

Badge Power

163

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

AMG Line

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

23E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

30

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

67

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

15500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.2

Engine Power - BHP

163

Engine Power - KW

120

Engine Power - RPM

5500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184

Engine Torque - MKG

25.5

Engine Torque - NM

250

Engine Torque - RPM

1620

Top Speed

140

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/40 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/40 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1440

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4419

Wheelbase

2729

Width

1796

Width (including mirrors)

1992

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

43

Gross Vehicle Weight

1870

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1210

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

370

Max. Loading Weight

515

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1600

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

675

Minimum Kerbweight

1355

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11

On The Road

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

Mercedes turned things around with its third generation A-Class, recreating it into the kind of car a younger, sportier buyer could consider. This sleeker, more sophisticated, bigger and better connected fourth generation model version continues that theme and lays down quite a challenge to its Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series rivals. And in summary? Well those who can afford the asking prices and like the driving experience will find this hatch sporty, self-assured and possessed of a feel-good factor that really does make you feel special if you've specced your chosen variant correctly. Which is exactly what owning a car of this kind should be all about.

Background

Want a case study in how to change brand perception? You're looking at it right here with this third generation Mercedes A-Class. Almost singlehandedly, this car has taken this famous marque and made it one a younger buyer could consider. Plus at the same time, this MK3 design has also paved the way for a whole new generation of compact models that have done wonders for the Stuttgart maker's bottom line. Time to check out this significantly revised version. As before, we're told to regard this A-Class as what the market calls a 'compact premium family hatchback' - in other words, a Focus or Astra-sized car with superior quality and a bit of extra badge equity. It's the kind of very profitable product that all the mainstream makers wish they could sell but which is primarily defined by this car and its two closest competitors, the Audi A3 and BMW's 1 Series. The frumpy first and second generation A-Class contenders didn't really threaten these two rivals in any meaningful way, but this car's MK3 model predecessor really did. With its successor, Mercedes has sharpened up the looks, improved interior space and dialled in a great deal more safety and media connectivity.

Driving Experience

From launch, the A-Class range is based around three key engines, with others scheduled for the future. The entry-level A200 variant is likely to be most popular featuring a new 1.4-litre 163hp unit available with either 6-speed manual or 7G-DCT dual-clutch auto transmission. Rest to 62mph in the manual model takes 8.2s. Next up is the A250, which uses a 2.0-litre petrol powerplant developing 224bhp and is only offered with the 7G-DCT auto 'box but is available with Mercedes' 4MATIC AWD system. Rest to 62mph here takes 6.2s. The diesel alternative is the A180d, which puts out 116hp and uses the 7G-DCT auto gearbox. What else do you need to know? Well the suspension is the usual torsion beam rear set-up on most models, but if you go for a variant with 4MATIC AWD, you'll get a more sophisticated multi-link rear set-up. The 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system is standard, as usual enabling you to tweak steering feel and throttle response. At extra cost, adjustable damping can be added into it. Some of the autonomous driving capability from larger Mercedes models has been built into this one, meaning that, in certain situations, your A-Class, if appropriately equipped, will effectively be able to drive itself on dual carriageways at cruising speeds.

Design and Build

From the outside, this fourth generation A-Class delivers a more progressive design with a low bonnet and flat, more angular LED headlamps. The car is visually extended by its now longer wheelbase and a smart character line along the side. The bonnet slopes down more heavily than in the preceding model series, emphasising the more dynamic, upright front. Larger wheel arches housing bigger rims (ranging from 16 to 19 inches) help too, making this A-Class sit more squarely on the road. The premium hatch has a wider look at the rear end thanks to a more heavily waisted greenhouse and at the rear, there are slim, two-section tail lights. It's the interior that sees the really big changes though. The usual instrument binnacle cowl has been completely dispensed with, so the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard can extend from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. A virtual instrument screen (of either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) replaces the usual dials and can be joined with a centre-dash infotainment display (again either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) to create one continuous monitor, much as you get in larger Mercedes models. That extra wheelbase means more interior space - and the 370-litre boot is 29-litres larger than before too.

Market and Model

Prices for mainstream models start at around £26,000 or the A180d diesel variant, rising to £27,500 for the petrol A200 and just over £30,000 for the petrol A250. There are three trim levels - 'SE', 'Sport' and 'AMG Line'. Every model comes well equipped. The entry-level 'SE' trim features twin seven-inch displays including a central touchscreen with MBUX multimedia system featuring 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation. Plus there's comfort suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, a DAB radio, Artico man-made leather and Bertrix fabric upholstery, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, a Keyless-Go starting function and air conditioning. The 'Sport' trim line adds LED high performance headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, Artico and 'Fleron' fabric upholstery and automatic climate control. 'AMG Line' customers will benefit from 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, an AMG bodystyling kit, Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery and a three-spoke sports steering wheel. This fourth generation A-Class is much better connected than before. Navigation functions, for example, can now be based on traffic feedback from so-called 'Car-to-X communication' where information gets fed in from other similarly-equipped road users. As usual, there's a dowloadable 'Mercedes Me' app that connects you into your car and can tell you things like local fuel prices or the availability of parking spaces at your destination.

Cost of Ownership

The economy champion of course, is the A180d variant, which exhales just 108g/km of CO2, while only drinking a gallon of fuel on the combined cycle every 68.9 miles. With respectable performance figures, it's a tempting package - albeit one that in its standard form, forgoes the big wheels and aggressive bodykits of more dynamic-looking versions. If you plan on adding the extra features, then economy will obviously take a hit. As for the petrol engines, well the A200 in manual form manages 51.4mpg on the combined cycle and 133g/km of CO2, figures that improve to 55.3mpg and 120g/km if you go for auto transmission. The auto-only A250 2.0-litre petrol variant manages 45.6mpg and 141g/km. The warranty may be an industry standard 3 years but is for unlimited miles, handy to know if you spend a lot of time on the road. Just remember that a mid-range diesel is the sensible option for high resale figures. With that in mind, something like a mid-spec A180d model might well represent the sweet spot of the range. On the other hand, an 4MATIC petrol variant with every option thrown at it will lose a lot more of its value over the years.