Mercedes Benz A-Class Review

Mercedes Benz A150
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Mercedes Benz A-Class Review

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Having owned an outgoing A-Class model we were keen to see the new A-Class' interior.

How It Looks - Interior

Having owned an outgoing A-Class model we were keen to see the new A-Class' interior. We were very impressed with the interior of the new A-Class which is of a much higher standard than the outgoing model. The switchgear is tactile and ergonomically laid out and you would think that you were sat in a more expensive Mercedes model.

We had issues with the upholstery used in the previous model but in the new A-Class Mercedes seem to have got it right. Our Classic SE specification test car featured Black/Multi-Colour “Eindhoven” upholstery and we were more than happy with the finish and materials used.

Infotainment

Fitted to the A150 Classic SE is an integrated Mercedes Benz Audio 20 system featuring a single slot CD player and RDS Radio. The integrated system comes in various guises and specifications, which can be seen throughout the Mercedes Benz and smart ranges. It is simple to use with one rotary dial control for volume, with an on/off switch incorporated into the centre and audio controls on the steering wheel. Sound quality was above average and we were not disappointed. A six disc autochanger can be located in the glove compartment for an additional £350. Navigation options start at £880 for a CD ROM system or £1630, for a colour screen with moving map, driven by a DVD ROM.

Rivals
  • Audi A2, Volkswagen Golf Plus
What We Liked
  • Ride and handling
  • Build quality and choice of materials
  • Spacious interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Flexible cabin space
  • High driving position
What We Disliked
  • The A150 engine felt slightly underpowered for country sprints
  • Positioning of the handbrake too close to the driver’s seat
  • Steel wheels with plastic wheel trims on a car costing £13,995
  • Wind noise evident from the top of the drivers window
What We'd Like To See
  • Alloy wheels as standard throughout the A-Class model range
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Mercedes Benz A-Class Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz A150 Classic SE
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourSaturn Red Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph12.6 Seconds
Top Speed 109 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban35.8 mpg
Extra Urban52.3 mpg
Combined45.6 mpg
  
Insurance Group5
Euro NCAP Rating5
WarrantyThree-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

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