The A-Class is a hugely important car for Mercedes-Benz. The hatchback managed more than 3500 sales in 2015, giving it an impressive 20 per cent market share in its segment. Add the (soon to be updated) CLA sedan to the mix and it easily outsells all rivals, including the Audi A3.
While it may take a trainspotter to catch the exterior styling changes, they do improve the A-Class experience. The front-end now features an arrow-shaped grille, newly designed LED daytime running lights and the option of LED headlights on some models. The rear offers the biggest change with an integrated lower diffuser now encapsulating the exhaust pipes.
Inside the cabin, it’s a similar story. A larger 8.0-inch infotainment screen is standard across the range, as is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto functionality and a reverse-view camera.
With power and torque outputs remaining unchanged, the A180 is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces a modest 90kW of power and 200Nm of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and sends torque through the front wheels. It uses just 5.8L/100km on the combined cycle.
The A200 also carries the same drivetrain as the outgoing model, powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 115kW of power and 250Nm of torque. It too is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and uses 6.1L/100km on the combined cycle.
The A200d diesel model remains the same as the previous model, producing 100kW of power and 300Nm of torque from its 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. It sends torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and uses a mind-boggling 4.2L/100km.
Published: Friday, January 22, 2016