Mercedes Benz A Class cars are indeed a class apart and there is no denying the fact that the Stuttgart based manufacturer of the vehicle is respected by car enthusiasts and critics alike. The A Class vehicle is the entry level product and a limited edition and has been Christened as ‘Edition- 1’, which is majorly very stylistic. It is considered to be the only front wheel drive vehicles. The first edition is said to have plenty of features than that of the existing A Class. A quick drive, when taken can help one to better understand as to what the car has in common with its earlier versions and what are the changes that has been introduced and how does it score overall and it if it’s worth the purchase.
Currently, Mercedes Benz India has been leading the overall luxury car segment with the introduction of back-back models. Just a year ago, the ‘A Class’ hatchback version, had been launched by the manufacturer for the first time in the country. The automaker now has come out with the limited edition trim for this model series that has been christened as the Mercedes Benz ‘A Class’ Edition One. But, this version is available only with the diesel engine being a standard one. The vehicle has been bestowed with several exclusive features that are just interesting, innovative and offers a good amount of luxury to its passengers. The exterior of the vehicle has been given a finish that is sure to make heads to turn. The engine of the vehicle is very powerful and can provide maximum comfort and speed and also hold well on the Indian roads.
The Mercedes Benz A Class has been introduced in two variants, petrol and diesel and the manufacturer claims that the engines are very much fuel efficient, since they are helped by the ECO stops/start functions. The engines are switched off temporarily, if the car is at standstill and hence, improves fuel economy largely. The hatchback also has aerodynamic body structure that has been fitted with the trademark exterior features.
It is clear that the German car maker has offered the Mercedes Benz A Class to set a bigger trend not only within the country but also across the globe for bigger hatchbacks, making it offer practical drive. So Does this A class have everything to create a brand new segment in the hatchback market? Our experts of Ecardlr drive this car to find more about it.
The Mercedes Benz A Class does appear like a jewel when seen from the outside. This is because of the expressive shoulder lines along with the distinctly grille that is present in the car. The rear profile is said to have tailgate that is smiley shaped and is accompanied by a wiper and a small windscreen. Furthermore, it is decorated with the manufacturer’s logo that is chrome plated and variant’s lettering. Enclosing this is the taillight clear lens cluster that gives out a stylish look and powered by turn indicators, courtesy lamps and LED brake lights. Also is present a trendy rear spoiler having integrated LED 3rd brake light that adds to the elegance of the vehicle. Rear bumper has been designed having pair of high quality air ducts that are fitted with black protective cladding. Besides it, there houses pair of exhaust pipes that are chrome plated, giving this hatchback a wonderful and sporty appeal. But, according to the experts, the main highlight of the vehicle is the radiator grille, which has been designed with around 302 diamond type pins. The sport variant does have Single louver present on the grill and the Style trim having two louvers.
Enclosing this is a radiant headlight cluster, which is powered with bi-xenon headlamps with running LED daytime lights including turn indicators. Front bumper does have sporty structure that features wide air-intake console along with pair of air-ducts, for giving the front facet a rugged stance. Overall appearance of the vehicle has been complimented by the logo of Mercedes Benz that is embedded on its radiator grille. Side profile appears very elegant having black B pillars and sleek window frames. Edition 1 trim that has been very recently introduced by the manufacturer has external wing mirrors that are black colored, with stylish alloy wheel set, while existing variants boast of having body color. The model series has been blessed with stylish five twin spoke design set of alloy wheels that adds further to the urbane structure. the manufacturer also is offering an exclusive and trendy sporty kit as optional fitment that provides a much more rugged stance. The fitments includes several aspects such as front bumper lip, stylish set of alloy wheels that are light weight in nature, Black B high gloss pillars, along with ORVMs. Besides this, it does include stylish body decals that further adds to the sporty appeal of the hatchback.
It is without doubt that the Mercedes Benz A Class is regarded to be a stylish hatchback, which has definitely left a long lasting impression on the buyers. All the new vehicles are likely to come with alloy wheels. The sunroof is another upgrade that has been introduced in both the variants. This particular model having such embellishments does get that additional glam and definitely is the best chic looking hatchback in the country.
The total length of the hatchback is about 4292 mm and width of around 1780 mm (which excludes the external wing mirrors). The total height of the vehicle is 1433 mm and the wheelbase is said to stand at 2699 mm that is quite long. It boasts of having 1552 mm rear track and 1553 mm front track that is excellent.
Mercedes Benz A Class has been introduced in the following colors like Northern- lights Violet metallic, Cosmos Black, Mountain grey, Cirrus White, South Seas blue, Jupiter Red, Universe Blue, Night Black, Polar Silver and Megalith Grey Metallic.
The Mercedes Benz A Class has been reported to have few cosmetic changes, which are minor. The manufacturer has introduced no major changes. To start with, the diesel variant comes with a sunroof and there is reverse parking camera present. Rear seat gets armrest, which is considered to be a feature that was previously not seen on the MFA platform type of vehicles. The quality of this hatchback is just top class having excellent finish and fit. The vehicle’s interiors are magical, very well like the exterior design. The cabin is large and spacious having plenty of space for the passengers, while the engine has been mounted transversely. Instrument panel present is quite stylish, giving out a trendy and young appearance.
‘Sport’ variant is known to get black colored (ARTICO Larochette) internal cabin, having diamond patter look. Furthermore, there is a contrasting top stitching present on the seat covers, steering wheel and door panels. The Style trim possess black colored (ARTICO Messancy) interiors having top stitching and red inserts present on the seats. Besides this, the star-shaped AC vents, center fascia and dashboard do get plenty of chrome inserts that further includes to the elegance of the vehicle. Seats have been designed ergonomically and the front seats boast of having four way lumbar support. Present variants are known to have driver seat that are electrically adjustable along with memory function and the Edition-1 trim is provided with electrical adjustments in the front seats. Dashboard has been designed elegantly, while being equipped with instrument cluster, music system, the latest touch screen infotainment unit and air conditioning system. Furthermore, it has been fitted with 3 spoke steering wheel that is mounted with various multi-functional switches. The Mercedes Benz A Class has been given provision to incorporate gearshift paddles that contributes towards offering the driver, the much desired driving experience, something that can be cherished. It is decorated with the badge of the company and wrapped in leather upholstery. The cabin is given a wonderful look with the extensive usage of leather and more specially the seats, dashboard and door panels, thereby giving the vehicle a captivating appearance. Front doors do have switches to adjust windows and seats. Instrument cluster present has round shaped pair of meters and multi information display that offers information in regards to the speed of the vehicle, its fuel consumption, tachometer, service interval reminder, trip meter and other important notifications. There is a mammoth boot compartment of 341 liters that can be further extended to about 1157 liter simply by having the 2nd row bench seat folded to make way.
There are several exclusive features present in the Mercedes Benz A Class that includes the rear center armrest having two cup holders, rear view camera, panoramic sunroof and the front seats that are electrically adjustable. Due to the lengthy wheelbase, height and width, the hatchback is completely spacious from the inside. The cockpit section does have 1017 mm of total head space and 532 mm of legroom space, with 1391 mm decent shoulder space. The rear cabin boasts of having shoulder space of about 1350 mm, head and leg room of 952 mm and 494 mm respectively. Moreover, it is bestowed with 341 liter roomy boot space hat can be increased to a further of 1157 mm. besides this, the vehicle has been fitted with huge 50 liter tank which has reverse capacity of about 6 liters.
HEART OF THE MATTER
The road test proves that the engine of Mercedes Benz A Class is much more better than what is mentioned on the paper. The diesel variant has been equipped with 2.2 liter engine, having 4th generation general rail direct fuel supply injection system. It consists of four cylinders and 16 valves that are based on the double overhead camshaft configuration valve that displaces 2143cc. the motor also possesses turbocharger having variable nozzle turbine that permits it to pump out optimum 107.3 bhp power between 3200 and 4000 RPM, while generating commanding 250 Nm of torque output between 1400 – 2800 RPM. Whereas, the petrol variant has been fitted with an in-line engine of 1.6 liter, having high pressure fuel direct injection system that features piezo injectors. The vehicle of this type has 16 valves and 4 cylinders that are based on similar DOHC valve configuration along with variable valve control and timing. Also, it has 1595 cc of displacement capacity, integrated with turbocharger. The petrol variant has 120.7 bhp of commanding power at 5000 RPM, which yields in 200 Nm torque output between 1250 – 4000 RPM. Besides this, the petrol engine has been assisted by the standard ECO stop/start function that diminishes carbon emission, while improving fuel efficiency. Both engines are mated with the advanced 7 speed, 7G DCT, dual clutch auto transmission gearbox, which is said to work with the different modes such as ‘Manual’, ‘Economy’ and ‘Sport’ for deducing optimal performance.
The Mercedes Benz A Class is regarded to be a fuel efficient hatchback in both the variants. The vehicle’s light body feature is what makes it quite fuel efficient and also has ARAI mileage of about 20km/l. The petrol variant has ability in producing mileage between 12 and 15.5 kmpl, while the diesel engine has been integrated with the rail diesel 4th generation technology that assists the vehicle in producing maximum mileage of about 20.06 kmpl that is considered to be the very best in the segment.
The vehicle’s acceleration is very good and the power delivery fairly smooth and linear. The double clutch does enhance acceleration. The petrol variant just takes 9.2 seconds for breaching 100 kmph mark and attains top speed close to around 202 kmph that is simply incredible. The diesel variant can attain speed of about 190 kmph and reach 0 to 100 in just 10.6 seconds.
Handling and braking of the new Mercedes Benz A Class is simply excellent and the ride is settled and composed. It has enough ground clearance for a smooth drive. The rear axle has been paired with redesigned 4 link suspension and front axle has been paired with improved McPherson strut that offers excellent drive comfort. The front wheels have been fitted with internal vented brake discs, while rear ones have been given conventional disc brakes. They are loaded with top class brake calipers to provide optimum braking performance. Besides this, the model series has been integrated with curve dynamic assist and electronic stability program for gliding through the sharp curves, without much effort. The vehicle is loaded with a brake assist system that features auto recognition emergency brake situation that assists in keeping the hatchback very much stable in all road conditions. There are also other aspects present such as brake drying, hill start help, adaptive braking along with hold function. There is an advanced pinion and rack based steering that features integral Steer control system for offering excellent support, especially in the critical driving situations. Also, it features speed dependent control that diminishes power delivery with increase in speed.
Mercedes Benz A Class boasts of being provided with several safety features like ESP, ABS and airbags for added protection for both the vehicle and the passengers. There are present adaptive brake lights, flashing that get activated if there is sharp breaking from above 50 kmph speed. also, it has hazard warning lights that get auto activated when the hatchback slows down from 70kmph to standstill. It is said to work in conjunction with the BAS for increasing safety quotient. Attention Assist function also has been fitted in the car that detects if the driver is drowsy when driving between 80 and 180 kmph speed. The sensor analyses driving behavior of the person and detects signs of the increased inattention, while warning the driver. Warning system for tyre pressure loss is another interesting feature present in the vehicle that alerts in case, there is sharp drop in the pressure of tyre. Rotational speed of the individual wheels is constantly monitored and significant pressure loss in tyre is identified and warned.
There are present 7 airbags in Mercedes Benz A Class that completely safeguards the occupants in any critical condition. It features electronic stability program that stabilizes the car by simply having the engine performance adjusted and to apply brake force to each of the wheels. Furthermore, it collaborates with the anti-lock braking system that permits the driver in steering and braking simultaneously. There are more safety features included in the vehicle like the ISOFIX child seat having fastening points, lamp failure indicator, crash responsive lighting, brake-pad wear indicator exclusively for the front wheels, electric parking brake, auto-dimming interior mirror, driver-side exterior mirror having auto dimming function. Also there are audible warning signals present for the front seat belts, headlights, parking brake left-on, and much more.
The Mercedes Benz A Class Diesel variant’s Ex-showroom Delhi price is Rs. 27,90,000, while the petrol variant price is Rs. 26,20,000. Overall, the Edition 1 did get some important upgrades that cannot be seen in regular models, such as rear entertainment, etc. According to the experts, the A Class is undoubtedly worth the investment, unlike the other editions that has been introduced in the luxury car segments.
Moreover, it has plenty of positive points that does get the vehicle noticed like the impressive pickup and acceleration, comfort and safety features, interior design and space, stylish external appearance and wonderful performance.