Mercedes-Benz A-Class A160 SE 5dr Manual

Mercedes-Benz A-Class A160 SE 5dr Manual
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  • 3 Years Servicing
  • 3 Years Tax
  • 3 Years Warranty
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Fuel Consumption
EC Combined (mpg)52.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)65.7
EC Urban (mpg)39.2
Insurance
Insurance Group13E
Emissions
CO2 (g/km)124 (g/km)
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

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This video features the Mercedes-Benz A-Class range.

Ten Second Review

Mercedes-Benz is a company often portrayed as being deeply conservative, though in fact, no other manufacturer has such a record of innovation. Today, the brand is bolder, more forward-thinking and younger in feel, attributes very much in evidence in this fourth generation version of its smallest A-Class model. This car's now pitched even more directly against sporty premium compact family hatches like Audi's A3 and BMW's 1 Series thanks to key new driving features, plus sharper looks, extra media connectivity and greater efficiency. It's a step forward.

Background

Want a case study in how to change brand perception? You're looking at it right here with this third generation Mercedes A-Class. Almost singlehandedly, this car has taken this famous marque and made it one a younger buyer could consider. Plus at the same time, this MK3 design has also paved the way for a whole new generation of compact models that have done wonders for the Stuttgart maker's bottom line. Time to check out this significantly revised version. As before, we're told to regard this A-Class as what the market calls a 'compact premium family hatchback' - in other words, a Focus or Astra-sized car with superior quality and a bit of extra badge equity. It's the kind of very profitable product that all the mainstream makers wish they could sell but which is primarily defined by this car and its two closest competitors, the Audi A3 and BMW's 1 Series. The frumpy first and second generation A-Class contenders didn't really threaten these two rivals in any meaningful way, but this car's MK3 model predecessor really did. With its successor, Mercedes has sharpened up the looks, improved interior space and dialled in a great deal more safety and media connectivity.

Driving Experience

From launch, the A-Class range is based around three key engines, with others scheduled for the future. The entry-level A200 variant is likely to be most popular featuring a new 1.4-litre 163hp unit available with either 6-speed manual or 7G-DCT dual-clutch auto transmission. Rest to 62mph in the manual model takes 8.2s. Next up is the A250, which uses a 2.0-litre petrol powerplant developing 224bhp and is only offered with the 7G-DCT auto 'box but is available with Mercedes' 4MATIC AWD system. Rest to 62mph here takes 6.2s. The diesel alternative is the A180d, which puts out 116hp and uses the 7G-DCT auto gearbox. What else do you need to know? Well the suspension is the usual torsion beam rear set-up on most models, but if you go for a variant with 4MATIC AWD, you'll get a more sophisticated multi-link rear set-up. The 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system is standard, as usual enabling you to tweak steering feel and throttle response. At extra cost, adjustable damping can be added into it. Some of the autonomous driving capability from larger Mercedes models has been built into this one, meaning that, in certain situations, your A-Class, if appropriately equipped, will effectively be able to drive itself on dual carriageways at cruising speeds.

Design and Build

From the outside, this fourth generation A-Class delivers a more progressive design with a low bonnet and flat, more angular LED headlamps. The car is visually extended by its now longer wheelbase and a smart character line along the side. The bonnet slopes down more heavily than in the preceding model series, emphasising the more dynamic, upright front. Larger wheel arches housing bigger rims (ranging from 16 to 19 inches) help too, making this A-Class sit more squarely on the road. The premium hatch has a wider look at the rear end thanks to a more heavily waisted greenhouse and at the rear, there are slim, two-section tail lights. It's the interior that sees the really big changes though. The usual instrument binnacle cowl has been completely dispensed with, so the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard can extend from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. A virtual instrument screen (of either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) replaces the usual dials and can be joined with a centre-dash infotainment display (again either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) to create one continuous monitor, much as you get in larger Mercedes models. That extra wheelbase means more interior space - and the 370-litre boot is 29-litres larger than before too.

Market and Model

Prices for mainstream models start at around £26,000 or the A180d diesel variant, rising to £27,500 for the petrol A200 and just over £30,000 for the petrol A250. There are three trim levels - 'SE', 'Sport' and 'AMG Line'. Every model comes well equipped. The entry-level 'SE' trim features twin seven-inch displays including a central touchscreen with MBUX multimedia system featuring 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation. Plus there's comfort suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, a DAB radio, Artico man-made leather and Bertrix fabric upholstery, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, a Keyless-Go starting function and air conditioning. The 'Sport' trim line adds LED high performance headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, Artico and 'Fleron' fabric upholstery and automatic climate control. 'AMG Line' customers will benefit from 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, an AMG bodystyling kit, Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery and a three-spoke sports steering wheel. This fourth generation A-Class is much better connected than before. Navigation functions, for example, can now be based on traffic feedback from so-called 'Car-to-X communication' where information gets fed in from other similarly-equipped road users. As usual, there's a dowloadable 'Mercedes Me' app that connects you into your car and can tell you things like local fuel prices or the availability of parking spaces at your destination.

Cost of Ownership

The economy champion of course, is the A180d variant, which exhales just 108g/km of CO2, while only drinking a gallon of fuel on the combined cycle every 68.9 miles. With respectable performance figures, it's a tempting package - albeit one that in its standard form, forgoes the big wheels and aggressive bodykits of more dynamic-looking versions. If you plan on adding the extra features, then economy will obviously take a hit. As for the petrol engines, well the A200 in manual form manages 51.4mpg on the combined cycle and 133g/km of CO2, figures that improve to 55.3mpg and 120g/km if you go for auto transmission. The auto-only A250 2.0-litre petrol variant manages 45.6mpg and 141g/km. The warranty may be an industry standard 3 years but is for unlimited miles, handy to know if you spend a lot of time on the road. Just remember that a mid-range diesel is the sensible option for high resale figures. With that in mind, something like a mid-spec A180d model might well represent the sweet spot of the range. On the other hand, an 4MATIC petrol variant with every option thrown at it will lose a lot more of its value over the years.

By Jonathan Crouch

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Key Standard Features*

  • Solid - Cirrus white
  • Solid - Jupiter Red
  • Solid paint
  • Mercedes connect me
  • Artico leather - Black
  • Artico leather - Grey
Specification
Body Glass
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Rear wiper
Heated rear window with timer
Brakes
Adaptive brake system
ABS with Brake Assist
ESP with ASR
Electronic parking brake
Hill start assist
Chassis/Suspension
Comfort suspension
Communication
Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Driver Aids
Attention assist
Collision prevention assist plus
Speedtronic cruise control
Speed sensitive parameter assisted steering
Reversing camera
Driver Information
7" tablet style colour display
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
Trip computer
Low fluid warning light
External temperature gauge
Service indicator (ASSYST PLUS)
Bulb failure indicator
Driving Mirrors
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Body coloured door mirrors
Embellishment Trims
Chrome air vent surrounds
Honeycomb effect trim
Entertainment
Mercedes Audio 20 radio/single CD + telephone keypad
USB port
Media interface
SD card slot
6 speakers
Exterior Body Features
Diamond radiator grille in black with one louvre in body color + chrome insert
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Body colour side skirt
Chrome beltline
Exterior Lights
Headlamp assist
Daytime running lights
Adaptive brake lights
LED tail lights
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Air conditioning
Interior Features
12V socket
3 spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel
Illuminated glovebox
Storage compartment under load area floor
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Leather gearshift
Luggage compartment cover
Grey headlining
Front seat backs luggage nets
Front door sills with Mercedes lettering
Twin front cupholders
Artico leather upholstery
Load securing rings in luggage compartment
Storage compartment under front seats
Packs
Seat comfort pack - A Class
Safety
Active bonnet
Front head airbags
Front and rear seatbelt reminder
Crash responsive emergency lighting
Front side airbags
Occupancy sensor for passenger seat
Child proof door locks
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
3 rear 3 point seatbelts
Drivers knee airbag
Window airbags
Seats
Rear head restraints
Height adjustable front seats
Adjustable head restraints
1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear seats
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Front head restraints
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Security
Remote central locking
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Keyless Go access/ignition system
Keyless ignition
Wheels - Alloy
16" 5 twin spoke alloy wheels painted in black with high sheen finish
Wheels - Spare
Tirefit sealant with electric air pump
Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)10.6
Engine Power - BHP102
Engine Power - KW75
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM4500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT133
Engine Torque - NM180
Engine Torque - RPM1200
Top Speed118

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