The new Mercedes A Class 2013 completely turned its back to the old grind, abandoned its status as urban wagon for a connected compact sport tracksuit! The Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Volvo V40 are on their guard, Mercedes arrived with a spiked competitor!
Rather Mercedes SLS AMG that Sprinter!
The constructor is a young product for a young clientele! On paper, this sounds a bit like a dull and pompous marketing speech, but in practice, when the result comes as a body nerve, incisive and balanced, this is simply looking forward! As it is the finest from an aerodynamic point of view, with a 0.27 Cx (or even for the eco version 0.26).
4.29 Meters long, the new class A (only available in 5-door) is especially markedly lower than the previous. And to say the least, that this is! Happily dynamic class A squarely can become sports, including finishing Mercedes AMG Sport. Finishes, let’s talk about because they are three: Style, Urban and AMG Sport, each offering an atmosphere, a finish and a level of equipment specific.
And with the AMG Sport pack, it only laughs even more at all, with red stitching, a sky of roof black, aggressive, specific rims, a rear diffuser shields, dual outlet exhaust, and above all, specific chassis settings!
For the more demanding: AMG!
It remains the Sport finish, only available with 250 engine (we will return) and brandishes red to Micmacs, including on the front bumper slide! Chassis settings are still reworked and all was overseen by AMG.
A true AMG version is expected! If we do not yet know the specific details of the beast, we can already announce its color: 4 wheel drive, 4 cylinder turbo and power around 350 horses, to the large ladle. Mercedes AMG announces that it will be there, record specific power!
Dynamic, of course, but safe all! Mercedes deploys a wide range of security equipment including the Collision Prevention Assist, which alerts the driver in case of risk of collision through light and sound signals, and prepares the brakes! The “PRE-SAFE” system, he closed the Windows and the sunroof, and tightens the belts detected risk of collision. As such, for sports driving, belts are likely to leave traces on your body!
Other facilities include the Focus Assist (which detects a fatigue in the driver), Adaptive Headlights, of blind spot in the mirrors, the alarm of crossing white line, the panels of limitation of speed, the back-up camera detector, auto parking aid.
A product of its time, the class fact share beautiful modern technologies and connectivity. A tablet to invite at the top of the instrument panel and option, it is possible to integrate completely into your iPhone via a specifically dedicated interface! If you are not fans of Apple products, be reassured, Internet connections, Twitter, Facebook, Internet radios and other functions are always available.
Engines: Renault under the hood!
On the side of diesel, the range starts with 180 CDI engine having a well known, but which here makes a great first under the hood of a Mercedes: Renault dCi 1.5, with 109 horsepower and a torque of 260 Nm (10 Nm more than 180 CDI of German home!), office here mated to a 6-speed manual box. Its weight argument: CO2 emissions limited to 98 g/km!
But if you opt for the automatic box (7 reports and dual clutch), this is a House (of a displacement of 1.8 l) engine which operates under the hood, despite an appellation and a power unchanged. 200 CDI, 1.8 l diesel is pushed to 136 horses. Finally, for the gourmands, he will be waiting the 220 CDI, 2.2 l diesel 170 horses.
On the species, there are two blocks: a whole new 1.6L turbo 122 (180) or 156 horses (200), and a 2L turbo 211 horses (250). In the meantime the thunderous block AMG!
In the passenger compartment, the confined and suggestive atmosphere, the presentation of the instruments and ergonomics give sporting connotations at all. The driving position is impeccable and livability of in good average. Panoramic sunroof is a real, while the Harmann Kardon stereo is prodigious… The trunk is correct, just like the feature, but at this level, the class A is located in the soft belly of the segment. The only regret is the head too intrusive, on the level of comfort than the visibility.
If Mercedes does not have the experience of some of its comrades in the area of the front-wheel drive, can say that their engineers have quickly understood how to move the power to the front wheels! The mean to go: this class is exciting. Really! This long that is a series of Mercedes (excluding AMG) not us was more thrilled at this point on the dynamic plan. It is said!
The train is sharp, accurate, finger and eye position. As the rear train, found subtly mobile foot lever, without dangerous or unstable. A quasi equilibrium perfect, it is true sublimated by the roads winding and perfect of the Slovenian country, this first taken place. AMG Sport Pack ensures excellent support to all, when other finishes are a more clumsy strand, to the benefit however the comfort. Mercedes announces the vitality and it is damn question!
1.6L turbo gasoline that excels!
On engines, this is going rather well for the new 1.6 l turbo gasoline. Tried under the hood of the 200 version (156 horses), he seduces by its availability to low plans and his elongated in the towers. Tried diesel (200 CDI) is a little less at ease, fault, as always, clearly too long box reports that stifles his good will. In these cases, it regrets especially a manual transmission too further articulation and a clutch in the race too long, two little in accord with the sporty philosophy of the model.
With its dual clutch box and its 7 reports, his 211 horses and its chassis refined by AMG, we expect an explosive! And in fact, engine and chassis seduced by their homogeneity, while the engine displays a ranging convincing! We regret only a sound too wise, but reworked and a lazy manual box. But in the end, our choice is always the 200 gasoline, equipped with the AMG Sport pack!
The first prize is advanced to €24.926 to the A180 BlueEfficiency petrol and €25.289 to the A180 CDI BlueEfficiency diesel. The top of the range, the Mercedes A Class A250 Sport is posted to €35.574.