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NEW Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon: A More Affordable C-Class?

Although this car may have caused controversy in the automotive world, we couldn’t resist the urge to talk about it and what Mercedes-Benz has to offer.

Let me introduce you to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon.

A few questions popped up when this vehicle was brought to attention. “What’s going to happen to the CLA?” and “But it just looks like a C-Class”.

It certainly is much like a petite C-Class, naturally with it fitting in the category of the A-Class range. It will be useful for beginner saloon drivers, or if you don’t want all the space a regular-sized saloon has to offer.

CLA lovers, you’ll be happy to know there will be a new model coming to 2019. A very comforting thing to know especially with all these new models being released by Mercedes-Benz.

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NEW Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon: Pricing

Mercedes-Benz have mentioned the launch and production of the new A Class Saloon in January of 2019 with an OTR from £27,859. The first year of road tax should cost you £165.

There are three trims with the A Class Saloon including the SE, Sport and AMG Line.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon – Sport Line From £28,120

The A-Class Sport boasts an athletic image with beautifully designed LED high performance headlamps and 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels. The A-Class Sport follows its sportiness inside, where you are welcomed to a black ARTICO man-made leather and Fleron fabric theme against a dark carbon-fibre look trim. The multifunction sports steering wheel features black top stitching and a bezel in silver chrome. To give the car that extra luxurious feeling, you get two-zone automatic climate control fitted as standard.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon - AMG Line From £29,100

The A-Class AMG line gives you the famous side sill panels and an AMG rear apron with chrome trim and visible exhaust tailpipes. The diamond radiator grille has chrome pins, while the 18-inch AMG 5-twin spoke alloy wheels completes the powerful stance this line offers.

NEW Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon: Exterior and Design

Mercedes have done an exceptional job at re-designing the A Class. The vehicle looks so much more desirable and definitely the type of vehicle many of us have been itching to see on the road. The Saloon will be introduced to the roads just as the excitement for the face-lift quietens down.

Mercedes have included the expressive front section of the A-Class Saloon. A beautiful diamond radiator grille with optional chrome pins featuring a single Louvre with a centered Mercedes-Benz Star.

You can tell from a glance that the A-Class Saloon is inspired by the CLA four-door coupe. It is 130mm longer than the hatchback, but still has the same wheelbase, engines, trim structure and design. The extra length sits at the boot, offering 50 litres (420 litres in total) of lidded extra space.

NEW Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon: Interior and Technology

Surprisingly, the interior is incredibly spacious with plenty of room for you and your passengers. The hatchback is pretty impressive with the amount of space it provides, so naturally you would expect it’s saloon sister to be a little better in that front.

The style is where it’s at with the A-Class Saloon however, with its premium-style interior, you have the illusion of being in something close to the S-Class cabin. The A-Class turbine air vents and trim pieces make this possible.

If you select the top-of-the-range infotainment system, you get two high-resolution 10.25-inch displays which provides you with the Mercedes’ augmented on-screen sat-nav directions. This shows the road ahead with directions that appear to be hovering above it – Nifty!

As we are all aware, the MBUX voice activation system will recognise spoken commands when activated by the words ‘Hey Mercedes’. This is something that has been introduced in the A-Class and has been advertised largely across the UK.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard across the trim range, which is a massive plus. You should expect this when you are buying in to Mercedes-Benz.

NEW Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon: Safety and Driver Assistance

There’s a fantastic range of safety systems with the A-Class Saloon, you get Active Braking Assist, Pre-Safe System, Traffic Sign Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist.

Another cool feature is the Head-Up Display (HUD), which helps make driving that much more pleasant. You can use the HUD for checking your speed, viewing your cruise-control or speed limiter character set and more.

NEW Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon: Engines and Performance

The Mercedes A-Class Saloon comes with a choice of four engines. Three petrol and one diesel. The A180D, A200 and A250 engines come with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The A200 gives you the option of either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic. The Petrol A200 will most likely be the favoured of the range. Although the engine is a 1.3 litre, it punches a nippy 162hp and offers a fuel economy of over 50mpg.

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Posted on 11th January 2019 at 5:44 PM

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