Mercedes Benz A-Class Review
Mercedes Benz A class is the hatchback car from Mercedes and it was initially introduced in year 1997. It uses the usual fitments from the Mercedes' bench, but still it has one of the finest quality attributes to show the company's efforts behind giving its name. This is a 5-door car which had a three door version during its earlier iterations. The engines options available with this car include economy to power puffed units which are manufactured to suit different kind of people's demands. The Mercedes SLK inspired front fascia is bold and the rear has a simplicity in its design. Overall, the A-class is like any other big hatchback with a superior touch of luxury.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
The Mercedes A Class is equipped with two types of engines in three variants – A 200 Urban, A 250 Sport and A 45 AMG 4MATIC. The 1.6-litre in-line 4 cylinder is the least powerful one here. It pulls the car with 115 kW of power at 5300 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1250 rpm to 4000 rpm. The other two variants consist of a 2.0-liter in-line 4 cylinder engine. With first one here, the car churns out 155 kW of power at 5500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. The second 2.0-liter one generates 265 kW of power at 6000 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 2250 rpm to 5000 rpm. They count their zero to 100 kmph acceleration in 8.3 second to 4.6 seconds with 224 to 250 kmph of top speed as per the engine range.
One can easily identify the CLA inspired front architecture of this sporty hatchback. However, the smooth character-lines on the sides and attractive rear lights give a distinct yet sporty appeal to the A Class. The dimensions of this car counts itself with 4292 mm of length, 2022 mm of width and 1433 mm of height. Its wheelbase is measured as 2699 mm which is good enough for stability and maneuverability. With 17 inch and 18 inch alloy wheels, the boldness of the car gets one more point and the upper models get the same employed with AMG edition. However, the rear of the car may show off a bit lagging part and won't suit with everyone's plans, but the SUV alike looks are good to see.
Mercedes has produced its own benchmarks for the amount of equipment level they are providing. The luxury has met the sharp luster of the cabin which organizes everything well proportioned and endows an aficionado's feel while stepping inside the car. The infotainment system comprises of 6 CD changer, USB and Aux support, Bluetooth, FM radio reception and 5.7 inch display. The seats are also equally supportive with 4-way lumber support and heating system. The steering carries all the controls over it and is wrapped in leather to make it feel up market. The seats are supportive enough at and are electrically operated, while the luggage area can hold 341-liters of load and 1157 of load with rear seats folded.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Mercedes A class is built with the inspiration of other big players in the company's lineup. It possesses a highly well isolated cabin which keeps its parted with the noise from engine compartment and tyres. It is highly stable on long runs and offers ample support to keep the passengers out of tiredness by the end of the day. The multilink suspensions judges the corners correctly and their rigidity is optimum to absorbs the bumps and pot holes. The anti lock braking system, traction control, skid control and all other related safety jacks have also been inserted into the car. However, the German drivers would feel it a bit different to their taste and would take time to get used to. To name a few safety traits, adaptive high beam assist, BAS brake assist, electric parking brakes etc can be mentioned.
The A-Class is a new segment for automotive industry and it has played its part well. The quality of ride, equipments, fit and finish are exceptionally good. The drowning part of the car is the price range over which it is made available. One can have good set of similar features in a car worth more than half its price, but at the end you will be getting a Mercedes here.