The A-Class is an entry-level hatchback in Mercedes-Benz’s range. It is the most affordable of the three-pointed-stars, offering buyers exquisite looks and lots of bragging rights. The all-new third generation A-Class, which was launched in 2012, is a front-wheel-drive car based on Merc’s MFA (Modular Front-Wheel Architecture).
There are no changes to the exterior design .
The A-Class is really comfortable in the front-row, but the seating in the second row might be a bit of an issue for full grown adults. It gets all the standard Mercedes-Benz bells and whistles including the latest version of their proprietary COMMAND system. The boot on the other hand is big enough for a vehicle of its size. The A-Class is currently imported to India as CBU.
ENGINE & GEARBOX
In India, the A-Class is available in three variants – one petrol and two diesel. Contrary to the norms, the A180 Sport petrol variant is more expensive than the diesel version with panoramic sunroof and few extra features. It is powered by 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit developing 122bhp and 200Nm of torque, all the power is transmitted to the wheels via even-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The ARAI efficiency of this variant is pegged at 15.5kpl. The diesel versions of the other hand are the A180 CDI and A200 CDI which both get the 2.2-litre mill churning out 139bhp/250Nm and 134bhp/300Nm respectively.
The car competes with the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Volvo V40 but has an advantage in terms of price when it comes to the rivals.