This is the smallest Mercedes Benz, way smaller the C-Class. The Mercedes Benz A-Class is a compact sized hatchback. If you want to start buying Mercedes Benz, this is the first car you’ll be able to afford. The car is facing fierce competition from its arch-nemesis the BMW 1-Series and the Audi A3. Each make a compelling case in this class. However unconventional this is for the German luxury automaker, they aren’t doing too badly in this niche.
The car was launched in 1997 as a hatchback and currently it is on its third generation. The third generation was minted out first in 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show. The current generation of the Mercedes Benz A-Class has become bigger, making it a fully-fledged compact family car. However, the car isn’t competing for family drivers, but rather for the younger driving audience. Its size has increased to 169” in length that is now considerably larger than the B-Class’s first generation.
The Mercedes Benz A-Class is powered by an either diesel or petrol four cylinder engine. Unfortunately, due to the car’s size there isn’t enough space to cater for a hybrid option. The engines range from 107 hp to 355 hp, depending on the model. According to Car and Driver estimates the car is able to go 0 – 60 mph in 6.5/8.5 seconds. Each engine is fitted with either a 7-speed auto or 6-speed manual option.
The A-Class has a long range of hatchbacks, varying in specs to best suit each customer:
- AMG Line
- Motorsport Edition
- 250 AMG
- Mercedes-AMG A 45 4Matic
Out of this list the most powerful of the A-Class range is the A 45 which has been tuned up by Mercedes AMG division. It is fitted with a 2 L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 355 hp and 450 Nm of torque.
For the interior there isn’t much to write home about, you have got a 7” tablet styled screen, Bluetooth and USB. The leather seats are comfy enough to do your daily driving in. Nothing much to talk about, or the price would shoot up.
Quite blatantly, this car is quite bland, it doesn’t have the Mercedes Benz idiosyncrasies. However, I find any class with an AMG tag to its name looks rather chic. The spoilers and the upgraded chassis make it truly worthwhile to look at.
However, there are optional packages that will help you get more advanced individual options on your car such like premium and exclusive packages.
Audi have a different approach to the Mercedes Benz, the A3 is a luxurious hatchback option. Now, to be honest companies like Nissan have discovered that a brand can have real value on a single niche. That’s why Nissan made Infiniti to sell their high end performance cars. There is a lesson to be learned here Mercedes Benz need a subsidiary to sell its low-end performance cars. Mercedes has done well with its S-Class, C-Class and even E-Class. These cars are quite luxurious to say the least, and as such the brand value could be diluted in an attempt to please all motor consumers.
The car is priced at $ 23,700.
Do you think that Mercedes should invest more in making this hatchback a true thoroughbred or should they continue with their nondescript approach? Have your say, leave a comment.