City cars need to be compact, fuel efficient, attractive and fun. Mercedes seems to be doing its best in order to make such a car, with the new better looking A-Class models set for global release on the 25th of July.
The A-Class line has received a exterior look upgrade with more aggressive restyled tail lamp lenses a new better looking front bumper, integrated tail pipes and bold looking headlights with an optional LED variant.
The new car lineup leaves more of a image presence drawing looks and with the newly fitted expanded front grill. Small visual upgrades have also been implemented in the interior, with a slightly redesigned instrument arrangement and a new 8 inch screen with incorporated infotainment system offering complete Smartphone integration.
While the new model is still the most affordable new Mercedes you can buy, both in fuel consumption and starting price, it is still a little bit too expensive compared to the competition when it comes to extra options.
Many buyers and car enthusiasts complained that the A-Class had the least comfortable ride compared to its competition, like the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3. Mercedes is trying to address this issue by offering the new optional adaptive damping system.
The new A-Class line offers several types of models with very different interests in mind.
The best example is the new environmentally friendly A180d Blue Efficiency Edition with the 1.5 liter four cylinder common rail engine with a listed fuel consumption of only 3.5L/100 km.
Such a low fuel consumption might attract buyers who have long commutes to work or live in highly congested cities, where fuel consumption every month can cost a customer as much as a quarter of a his salary.
On the other end of the A-Class line sits, the swift A45 AMG with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder direct injection petrol engine. With four wheel drive and a seven speed gearbox even the standard model is a fast, fun urban tracker.
The A45 AMG fitted with the optional Dynamic Plus Package can reach 100 km/hour in 4.2 seconds with a fuel consumption of a 6.9 liter/100 km. The Dynamic Plus Package consists of a front mechanical locking differential, a two stage Ride Control , a Race Mode , and the coveted Ride Control sport suspension with adaptive damping.
Regardless of the model, the new A-Class Mercedes models are well equipped to challenge the hatchback competitors in their class like the Audi A3, even if the ride is not as comfortable as it should be especially for the standard models.
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