Same old. Only a tad bit better. The ‘better’ bit comes courtesy the smaller wheels. Compared to the older A-Class, the new one rides on 16in wheels with higher profile tyres. And that’s helped the low-speed ride immensely. It is still stiff and a bit noisy, but never uncomfortable. Take bumps, road joints, potholes or even those plastic rumbler strips, and the A-Class rarely crashes into anything.
This is in Comfort mode (remember the driving modes we wrote about earlier?). There are three other modes – Eco, Sport and Individual. The Eco, as the name suggests, is to extract the best possible fuel economy and works almost identical to Comfort. In Sport, the steering weighs up further, the suspension stiffens and there’s change to the engine character as well. Honestly, the difference isn’t telling. But, if you look for it, you will find it. As for Individual, again as the name suggests, it allows you to tune your steering, suspension and engine response to your liking.
Otherwise, the A-Class is just the same. It feels planted and confident in a straight line, disguises high speeds exceedingly well, and around a section of corners, it is still good fun. Just the new tyres begin squealing a little early.
The drivetrain, as we explained earlier is the same. So, it doesn’t exactly feel hot-hatch-like and the diesel engine can sound a bit rough at higher rpms, but in terms of driveability, the throttle response and in fact the way the steering feels at high speeds, we have no complaints. It all comes together well.