Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A-Class Motability carThe Mercedes A-Class has had something of a makeover, we are talking the works – diet, skin peel, teeth whitening and a holiday tan, and boy does it look good, this is a car that turns heads from all angles, if you are after a looker then forget the Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series, it’s the baby Mercedes that you need.  The design joy extends to the inside of the A-Class, the seating position is more race car than MPV and the drive is engaging and precise, on the downsides the rear passengers are a little cramped and rear visibility is hampered by the lack of glass.

 

Mercedes A-Class Motability car interior

Mobility customers have the choice of SE, Sport or AMG line models, all have artificial leather seats and a 7″ tablet on the SE and 8″ on Sport and AMG line that controls the Media and doubles as a reversing camera, controlled from the joypad in the centre console. The SE has 16″ alloy wheels, a 12-button leather multi-function steering wheel, air conditioning, four electric windows and externally chrome strips complete the understated look, in Sport guise the A-Class has twin exhaust pipes, 17″ two tone alloy wheels, a choice of driving modes: ECO, Comfort, Sport, rain-sensing wipers, climate control ambient lighting throughout the cabin and standard suspension, not a bone shaking sports setup. The AMG line comes with AMG bodystyling, striking titanium grey 18 inch AMG alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design are set against front brake calipers with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering, Sports seats featuring leather upholstery with red contrast stitching, brushed stainless-steel sports pedals and lowered suspension.

 

Merceded A-Class Motability car rear

Two Diesel engines and one petrol on on offer, the 1.6 litre petrol offering, badged as A180, performs well and returns a healthy 51.4 miles per gallon and can reach 62 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds from the 122 bhp engine, really quite impressive until you see what the diesel engines can do, the 1.5 turbo diesel with 109 bhp (A180 CDI) can return 80.7 miles per gallon and still break the 0-62 mph tape in 11.3 seconds, but if it is speed you are after the 2.1 litre 136bhp diesel A200 CDI can reach 62 miles per hour from a standing start in 9.3 seconds and still return 68.9 miles per gallon, the 7 speed twin clutch Automatic is an option on both diesel engines.

Spring Best Buy –  Mercedes A-Class A180 CDI Diesel SE Manual  –  £549 Advance Payment (£63.01 wpms) or  £949 as Sport (£64.80 + £133 wpms) or £1749 (£705 wpms) as AMG Line

Spring Best Buy –  Mercedes A-Class A200 CDI Diesel Sport Manual   –  £1449 Advance Payment (£405 wpms) or £1849 (£805 wpms) as AMG Line

Spring Best Buy –  Mercedes A-Class A180 CDI Diesel SE Automatic  –  £1249 Advance Payment (£205 wpms) or £1649 as Sport (£605 wpms) or £2449 (£1405 wpms) as AMG Line

Spring Best Buy –  Mercedes A-Class A200 CDI Diesel Sport Automatic   –  £1949 Advance Payment (£905 wpms) or £2549 (£1505 wpms) as AMG Line