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Review | 05.07.2013 - 11:25

Mercedes-Benz Adapt Premium Hatchbacks for 2013 : The New A-Class

15 years after its original launch, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is back with its third attempt at conquering the premium hatchback market.
Mercedes Benz A-Class
Mercedes Benz A-Class, Covent Garden, London 07/04/2013

Its a sporty looking little number, and the newer size of 4.3 metres long, compared to the previous A-Class, means its more easily digestible as a family car for the masses.

The appeal of this car has been greatly increased with its new look. The development team have obviously spent a huge amount of time ensuring this latest release to the premium hatchback market is something worthy of providing competition to Mercedes rivals brands. The styling of the new A-Class is typically Mercedes. Meaning you could remove the oversized badge from the front grille and still find the car unmistakably recognisable.

 

The car is lower, wider and longer than both previous A-Class, combine this with the aggressive looking headlights and Mercedes have turned the A-Class from an average style city car into an athletic head-turner.

The petrol version is available with a 1.6 or 2 litre engine and the diesel with 1.5, 1.8 or 2.1 litre. The most popular version with the masses though, appears to be the “Engineered by AMG” model, which makes sense, this is about as attainable as an AMG car has ever been. The 2 litre TDI AMG sport model can achieve 0-60 in 6.6 secs, which is pretty quick! The steering is electronic, rather than hydraulic and its front wheel drive, but this doesn’t cause much problems as the Mercedes A-Class uses its traction control system to keep the car nailed nicely to the ground.

The inside oozes a quality interior that is unquestionable Mercedes luxury. The well groomed cabin offers us sports seats and a sports steering wheel with leather trim, making the new A-Class superior to its predecessors in style. All the new A-Class models are sold with a 7 inch tablet which can be used for many things from satellite navigation to watching TV to browsing the internet! The tablet isn’t touch screen though, its controlled by the centre console making it easy to operate when driving.

While previous versions of the Mercedes A-Class suffered various criticisms such as being too expensive or not sporty enough, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has adapted accordingly to become a serious contender to both the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 hatchback. For this reason, some automotive reviews are remarking on the “unoriginality” of the 2013 model, but this appears to be the only downside to the new design as the A-Class is now rated one of the top 5 premium hatchbacks available on the market today.

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