“The Mercedes A-Class saloon is stuffed with the most recent expertise, however with a extra conservative and slippery form than the hatchback”
Anybody contemplating a Mercedes A-Class could also be stunned to be taught a saloon can be obtainable in showrooms. The three-box bodystyle is one thing of a dying breed within the UK, however consider the A-Class saloon as a mini-Mercedes C-Class and it might start to carry extra enchantment.
The small four-door even has a number of benefits over its massive brother, beginning with its svelte form. Mercedes designers and engineers have spent many hours optimising the most recent A-Class within the wind tunnel, not solely making it probably the most aerodynamic automobile it sells, however that any producer sells, which pays dividends for effectivity, emissions and refinement.
Secondly, the A-Class has Mercedes’ newest and biggest infotainment system, which is extra highly effective than the one within the C-Class. Eliminating mechanical gauges altogether, the twin-screen setup boasts slick graphics courtesy of the most recent MBUX working system. It additionally includes a new type of voice management for the model, that you just get up by saying ‘Hey Mercedes’ and may interpret the type of questions you may usually ask ‘Siri’ in your cellphone or ‘Alexa’ at residence.
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Trim ranges embody Sport and AMG Line, each of that are nicely outfitted, however packs of extras (known as Govt, Premium and Premium Plus) might be added to ramp up the expertise and options. As you’d anticipate for a Mercedes, there’s additionally a broad array of choices to choose from.
Because of a rise in size, the A-Class saloon has a 420-litre boot – 50 litres larger than the hatchback’s and simply 5 litres shy of the Audi A3 saloon’s. There’s loads of area for adults in the back and front seats, too, however some could be delay by the very fact the boot opening is not fairly as giant as a hatchback’s
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Engines embody a 1.Three-litre turbocharged petrol A 200 with a stunning 161bhp, giving it a Zero-62mph time of eight.1 seconds. It is nippy on paper, however feels strained should you demand an excessive amount of from it. As with each early A-Class saloon, it comes with a seven-speed automated gearbox as normal and returns 53.3mpg. For even higher gas economic system, there’s the 1.5-litre A 180 d diesel, returning upto 67.3mpg. It is the slowest model, although, making 114bhp and taking 10.6 seconds to get to 62mph from relaxation.
As with the A-Class hatchback, Mercedes has focused on boosting consolation, so whereas the saloon is a wonderful motorway companion, it would not really feel as sharp because the Audi A3 saloon or a BMW 2 Sequence. There’s loads of grip, however the steering is slower to reply, which means right here it resembles a C-Class that is shrunk within the wash.