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MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS

A180 AMG Line Executive Edition 5dr Auto

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Review

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has traditionally sold to a high proportion of female motorists. But will this improved third generation version have as strong an appeal to the fairer sex? June Neary decides

Will It Suit Me?

Early generation versions of the Mercedes A-class offered the small 'Benz model that admirers of the brand had been waiting for. Prior to the arrival of this car, you had to stretch up to a C or an E-Class you get yourself ownership of something with the coveted Three-Pointed-Star upon the bonnet. First and second generation A-Class models proved to be a quiet success, especially with female buyers and small families, progress built upon by the third generation A-Class that launched in 2012. Now we've a fourth generation model, a car I tried recently and one that gets a smarter look and greater efficiency.

Practicalities

Does this dinky Mercedes still suit the female motorist? Certainly, I liked the looks at first glance. Someone has thought long and hard about this car. The first time you climb into one, you'll be astonished at the way that the A-Class manages to pack so much into such a small exterior length. Its dimensions are similar to a regular Focus-sized family hatch and there's almost as much front and rear passenger space in this five-door-only design as you'll find in Mercedes' C-class saloon, plus a decent 370-litre luggage bay. One of the things I really noticed about this fourth generation model was the vastly upgraded interior. 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. As our Road Test Editor recently said, about the best compliment you can pay this car is that it now actually feels much more like a Mercedes.

Behind the Wheel

Ride quality was always an issue in MK3 model A-Class derivatives. Here, it's much better and at extra cost, adjustable damping can be added in. The brand's 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system is standard, as usual enabling you to tweak steering feel and throttle response. Some of the autonomous driving capability from larger Mercedes models has been built into this one, meaning that, in certain situations, you're a-Class, if appropriately equipped, will effectively be able to drive itself on dual carriageways at cruising speeds. On to engines. 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 A220 with a 190hp 2.0-litre engine and is the only derivative to offer a 4MATIC 4WD option. That variant sits just below the A250, which uses that 2.0-litre petrol powerplant in a 224hp state of tune. Rest to 62mph here takes 6.2s. Both the A220 and the A250 are only offered with a 7G-DCT auto 'box. At the top of the range is the 2.0-litre hot hatch Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC which offers a potent 306hp. There are three diesel alternatives, all offered only as automatics. The first is the A180d, which puts out 116hp and uses the 7G-DCT auto gearbox. Next up is the A200d which has a 2.0-litre 150hp engine. Beyond that lies the top A220d, which tunes the same unit up to 190hp. The A200d and A220 use an 8G-DCT auto.

Value For Money

The A-class isn't cheap - but which Mercedes is? Prices start from around £26,000, but you can easily spend over £30,000 on one of these cars. So yes, it's pricier than that mainstream family hatchback you were considering - but you should get much of the difference back in better residual values at trade-in time.

Could I Live With One?

Certainly - if I could afford the car to start with. The A-class is still a classier way to buy into a compact car. I rather like it.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions137.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed134mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Ultrasonic sensors positioned in the front and rear bumpers
  • 10.25" media display
  • 180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines
  • 7" colour screen in instrument panel
  • Active parking assist with visual and audible warning of detected obstacles
  • Attention assist
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Car wash mode
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Direct steering
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Lane keeping system
  • MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual in English
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Trip computer

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

  • Lowered comfort suspension
  • Rear axle torsion beam

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Mercedes-Benz sound system - 100W

Exterior Features

  • 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG bodystyling - Front apron with splitter in chrome, rear apron with chrome trim and chrome visible trim elements in tailpipe
  • Black weather strip
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
  • Exclusive diamond radiator grille
  • Exhaust system - Twin visible tailpipes in polished stainless steel
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • High gloss black beltline
  • LED High level third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Privacy glass
  • Radio aerial
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wiper
  • Window line trim strip in high gloss black

Interior Features

  • 3 Spoke flat bottom leather multi function steering wheel with perforated leather in grip area
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with contrast stitching in light grey
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Black air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Controller on centre console with chrome surround
  • Floor mats with black top stitching and embroidered edition logo and piping in light grey
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Front seat backs luggage nets
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Interior mirror with reading lamps in black and frameless
  • ISOFIX and top tether child seat fixing points in two outer rear seats
  • Manual height adjustable front seats
  • Rear head restraints
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Sports seats with integrated headrests
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control

Packs

  • Light and sight pack - A Class
  • Mirror package - A Class
  • Night pack - A Class Saloon/Hatchback
  • Seat comfort pack - A Class

Passive Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Active bonnet
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Black seatbelts
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage driver/passenger airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Keyless Go
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Urban guard vehicle protection system with immobiliser and interior protection

Trim

  • Matrix look light longitudinal grain aluminium trim element

Wheels

  • 18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels aerodynamically optimised painted in black with highsheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit sealant kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.101
  • HC
    0.027
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    69
  • NOx
    0.031
  • Particles
    0.0003
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    137

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • 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
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    47.9

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    136
  • Based On ID
    86047
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Execut Ed
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    20E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    92
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    136
  • Engine Power - KW
    100
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    148
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    20.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    200
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1460
  • Top Speed
    134

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/45 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)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4419
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1796
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1992

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    43
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1880
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1195
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    355
  • Max. Loading Weight
    515
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    680
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1365
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11
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Customer Reviews

   
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Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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