2013 Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport | Road Test

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 by

Stuttgart’s ugly duckling comes of age

It took 16 years and 3 generations for the A class to finally grow into a that actually looks good and is sporty enough to compete with the likes of the Audi A3, the BMW 1 series and even the car that started it all, the VW Golf. Gone is the odd tall body with a short wheelbase that you wouldn’t want to be caught dead in. The  2013 Mercedes–Benz A250 Sport is loud, aggressive and well, like the name suggests quite sporty.

The A 250 Sport comes with an aggressive AMG bodykit. Add 10 bhp for the red lip on the front spoiler.

The A 250 Sport comes with an aggressive AMG bodykit. Add 10 bhp for the red lip on the front spoiler.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport is nothing like you ever imagined an A Class to be. This range topping model comes with an aggressive body kit, 18” AMG light alloy wheels, cross drilled front brakes, in red of course and a lot of red bits on the inside, along with a bright red front lip beneath the massive tristar badge. But what is really interesting, is the turbocharged 2 liter engine(1991 cc actually) putting out 208hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Enough to keep you entertained. With a 0-100 km/h time of 6.6 seconds, this is a fairly quick hatch. Peak torque kicks in at a measly 1200 rpm allowing for a smooth ride during normal driving. The front wheels are powered via a 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. As quick as the gearbox is, this much power to the front wheels mean that more often than not all the electronic might in this little german is required to keep the front wheels from breaking traction.

Fake leather and faux carbon fibre trim does justice to the sport badge

Fake leather and faux carbon fibre trim does justice to the sport badge

The torquey engine coupled with a quick gearbox ensures there is enough power on tap at all times. Apart from the occasional hesitation at standstill, the engine is pretty responsive. Engage sports mode and upshifts are delayed and quicker, disturbing the otherwise smooth transmission. Our only real complaint with the drivetrain was the lack of any aural entertainment from the dull exhaust note. The noise does no justice to the shiny dual exhaust tips.

18" AMG lightweight alloys shod in 235/40 Continental rubber take care of any enthusiastic handling needs

18″ AMG lightweight alloys shod in 235/40 Continental rubber take care of any enthusiastic handling needs

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport is not just a pretty face. The bigger brakes and AMG suspension makes you want to attack every single corner with so much gusto making even your grocery run something to look forward to. As always, this comes at a price and the stiff suspension can get a bit bouncy on not so level roads. Going over speed bumps is hardly pleasant. So JLT residents, beware. You have been warned. However, mastering the steering input can be a little tricky. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz A250, comes with a direct – steer system (first introduced on the face lifted SLK). What this translates to, is inconsistent steering as the steering ratio varies based on the steering wheel angle which can catch you off guard. Great in a parking lot. Not so much fun when you get it wrong on a high speed corner. We must admit, it still makes for an excellent drive around town. Although we reckon, it isn’t exactly your weapon of choice if you are a road warrior.

That is one nice looking behind.

That is one nice looking behind.

While the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport scores big on drive and looks, the tradeoff is on the inside. The cockpit, while very sporty with all the faux carbon fibre, fake leather seats and excessive use of red paint, is a lot more compact than its predecessor. It is reasonably spacious for a compact car making the sports seats up front nice and comfortable. Sadly, the rear passengers will beg to differ. In spite of having reasonable leg space in the rear, the low roofline can make tall adults feel claustrophobic. Save the rear seats for the little ones and they will thank you for an entertaining ride. The massive sunroof and ambient lighting is a nice touch while the Harman Kardon sound system is loud enough to announce your arrival.

Boot space is typical of a hatchback. Don't expect to use it for your IKEA shopping

Boot space is typical of a hatchback. Don’t expect to use it for your IKEA shopping

Competing in the hatchback segment means you have to offer a sporty element in a compact form factor while not compromising on practicality. Mercedes – Benz may have missed a thing or two on this one. The small side view mirrors and thick B pillars mean blind spots are rather large for a little car while the tiny rear window further limits visibility. The parking brake is oddly located near your knee while the indicator stalk is too busy with controls for a lot of things. And unless you plan on doing track days regularly, the stiff ride can get tiresome. Running costs? It isn’t exactly frugal on the fuel consumption as we averaged 10L/100km as opposed to the claimed 6.4 km/100L.

The new A250 Sport is a huge step up from the out going model. But is it enough?

The new A250 Sport is a huge step up from the out going model. But is it enough?

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport comes in at AED 160,000 loaded with goodies which is not a bad price point for someone looking to buy into the brand (Still cheaper than the RWD BMW 125i). However, for someone purely looking for a sporty hatch, picking this over other models with a reputation won’t be easy. All in all, this is a fun little hatchback with a premium feel to it. The tri star have finally got the concept of a sporty hatch but with a much higher price tag compared to its rivals, it may be hard to overlook the flaws. Evolution tells us, the next iteration will definitely be better than this but until then you will have to make do with this premium “hot-ish” hatch. For those with deeper pockets, hold your horses as the A 45 AMG is expected to hit our shores pretty soon and going by this preview it should be an absolute cracker.

 

One Response to 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport | Road Test

  1. Akshay Dubey Reply

    October 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    HI
    Its a awesome car

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