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New Mercedes A-Class 2018 review

The Mercedes A-Class is a premium family car that others wish to beat. Not since it’s utterly spacious, good to expostulate or easy to live with, yet since it sells by a bucket load.

Even as it neared a finish of a life, Mercedes shifted 43,717 examples of a effusive automobile in a UK final year. That’s some-more than every Jaguar saloon, sports automobile and SUV combined. But 6 years after it launched, a code has been behind to a sketch board.

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The new A-Class looks different, and it sits on a revised platform, too, with a new interior, tech and engines. The neat extraneous moves a aged car’s aerodynamics into a new dimension.

Mercedes A-Class - rear

Mercedes says a changes it has done are homogeneous to shred 100kg from a kerbweight, while a cooling systems are so effective that a double shiver grille can sojourn sealed roughly wholly from Aug to April, apparently.

From behind a wheel, a A-Class is unrecognisable from a predecessor. Every indication has digital dials and a far-reaching executive touchscreen as standard. But it’s a tech contained within these screens that impresses most. The program is some-more modernized than in the S-Class flagship.

Standout facilities embody augmented-reality navigation, that overlays images from a car’s camera with instruction arrows, travel names and residence numbers. It activates as we proceed junctions and valid surprisingly useful on a unknown exam route. It’s partial of a Advanced Navigation Pack (£495), yet to spec it you’ll need to ascent from a customary seven-inch executive shade to a incomparable 10.25-inch display, too.

Mercedes A-Class - dash

The firm’s new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) is customary on all A-Class models, however. It facilities a voice-activated ‘Hey Mercedes’ system, permitting we to adjust a meridian control and ambient lighting or even ask for a continue foresee yet holding your hands off a wheel. It’s a bit of a gimmick, though.

There will be 3 trims in a UK; SE, Sport and AMG Line – and all cars get 16-inch alloys, DAB radio, keyless go and air-conditioning. The aged Garmin sat-nav complement is transposed by a slicker in-house set-up, too.

Frustratingly, a A-Class adds ‘future proof’ USB-C ports, so unless you’ve got a latest smartphone, you’ll need to buy an adapter to assign your device. Sport cars supplement 17-inch wheels, LED lights and involuntary meridian control, while AMG Line boasts sportier styling and 18-inch rims.

On tip of this, we can supplement an Executive Pack (£1,395), that includes that 10.25-inch executive screen, as good as Active Parking Assist and exhilarated seats. Every automobile on a launch had a Premium Pack (£2,395), too, that keeps a incomparable screen, yet also replaces a seven-inch instrument binnacle with another 10.25-inch display. They demeanour great, and set a new benchmark in a class.

Mercedes A-Class - full front

Mercedes will be anticipating for a full five-star Euro NCAP rating as well, interjection to a latest collision slackening tech. Active Brake Assist and Lane-Keeping Assist are included, as are a horde of sensors from a S-Class. Quality is impressive, too. The mix of excellent metals, plastics, timber and leather surpasses all in a A-Class’s segment, as good as cars from a category above. Everything feels severely luxurious.

At launch, a A-Class engine operation comprises one diesel (A 180 d) and dual petrols (A 200 and A 250). A cheaper A 180 petrol will arrive in a autumn, while dual serve A 200 d and A 220 d diesels should seem in 2019.

The height has been designed with foundation in mind, and an EQ A hatchback will materialize around a spin of a decade.

Mercedes A-Class - dials

While a A 180 d is a growth of a comparison 1.5-litre Renault-sourced dCi unit, a A 200 is a new 1.33-litre four-cylinder turbo, combined within a same alliance. With patron attitudes to diesel changing, this is expected to infer renouned in a UK. But this dinky new engine feels underpowered, and it can’t compare a in-gear force of a diesel. It sounds stretched underneath tough acceleration, and a oppressive engine note encourages gentler use of a throttle.

The A 200’s 51.4mpg fuel economy can’t contest with a A 180 d’s 68.9mpg best, either. The petrol automobile does lay two Benefit in Kind percentage points reduce than a diesel, though, that might infer appealing to business users.

And while a A-Class can reason a possess in corners, it’s transparent that Mercedes has prioritised comfort over sporty appeal. The steering is light, and notwithstanding minimal physique roll, it doesn’t feel like it’d take most to mangle a boundary of grip. The sharp seven-speed DCT box (a primer will be accessible later) had no difficulty selecting a right cogs, however.

Mercedes A-Class - sat-nav

But a infancy of these cars will spend their lives on motorways, and here, a new A-Class is improved than ever. At a solid journey it’s quiet, fast and composed. Bosses explain it offers ‘C-Class levels of comfort’ – an avowal that is substantiated after a few hours on a road. It feels like a loyal Mercedes, and is simply as inside as an Audi A3.

Basic models come with a twist-beam behind axle, yet each launch automobile had a multi-link set-up with adaptive dampers, nonetheless a latter won’t be accessible in a UK. On a whole, a set-up works well, yet over oppressive bumps it felt as if a cessation couldn’t keep up. We’ll have to wait until we try a UK-spec automobile before giving a outcome on float comfort.

Merc has extended a A-Class’s wheelbase by 30mm, yet while this would customarily supplement some-more cabin space, that additional length has been consumed by all a new reserve pack and inner packaging. Headroom in a behind is better, yet a building is set utterly high.

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