Mercedes Benz A-Class Review (2005)
Seven years after the launch of the original A-Class in 1998 Mercedes Benz have introduced the new model which returns bristling with new technology, newly developed transmissions, a wide range of petrol and diesel Euro 4 engines and a choice of 3-door and 5-door body styles.29 June 2005
Seven years after the launch of the original A-Class in 1998 Mercedes Benz have introduced the new model which returns bristling with new technology, newly developed transmissions, a wide range of petrol and diesel Euro 4 engines and a choice of 3-door and 5-door body styles.
The original A-Class was a ground breaking package and after seven years in production, Mercedes sold over 1.1-million of the baby Mercedes model (over 88,000 in the UK).
We purchased an A160 Elegance in September 1999 - we decided on the A-Class because we required a small car with flexible seating and luggage carrying capabilities - plus it had a high level of standard safety equipment unlike other vehicles within its price bracket. For instance it had anti-lock brakes (ABS), four airbags and electronic stability (ESP) with Traction Control. At that time we believe the only other vehicle fitted with ESP as standard was the Mercedes Benz S-Class. Yes, there was the issue with stability (the 'infamoose' - excuse the pun elk test avoidance manoeuvre) which Mercedes handled well with the speedy introduction of a package of safety and stability equipment - although some say this affected ride quality.
The all-new A-Class is available with a choice of six engines (3 petrol and 3 diesel) and in Classic, Classic SE, Elegance SE and Avantgarde SE trim levels. Prices range from £13,655 for the A150 Classic 3-Door model to £20,190 for the A200 CDI (EU4) Avantgarde SE 5-Door.
Transmissions range from 5 and 6-speed manual gearboxes to the AUTOTRONIC continuously variable automatic (£1,160 option).
Since the launch of the original A-Class other manufacturers have jumped onto the lucrative mini-MPV bandwagon with models such as the Audi A2 and Volkswagen Golf Plus We tested the A150 Classic SE, to see how the new A-Class fares within this fiercely competitive segment.
Mercedes Benz A-Class Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mercedes Benz A150 Classic SE|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Colour||Saturn Red Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||109 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||52.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||Three-Year Unlimited mileage warranty|
MobiloLife is Mercedes Benz guarantee to keep you mobile for up to 30 years. Renewed after each service performed by a Mercedes Benz authorised repairer and remains valid until the next service is due
|Price (when tested on the 29/06/05)||£ 13,955 OTR|
Car as tested £14,675
Includes the following options:
Ashtray with cigarette lighter - instead of stowage compartment and 12v socket in front - No cost option
Telephone pre-wiring with hands-free facility and telephone aerial £390
Metallic paint £330