2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class | new car review

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 by
2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 141,000 - 209,000
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  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

  • 2014 A-Class
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  • Last modified: January 8, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
    User: 97%
  • Interior
    Editor: 85%
    User: 94%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
    User: 99%
  • Features
    Editor: 85%
    User: 99%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
    User: 97%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%
    User: 99%

Review Summary:

The third generation is a ten-fold improvement on its predecessor. Bold new looks, great feel, and well equipped, what’s stopping you? The price?

Pros

* Perfect balance of a striking exterior and brilliantly put together interior.

Cons

* Price tag is enough to make you question if you really want to dish that sort of money out on a .

Looks

The previous gen A-Class was divisive; some thought that its tall, stubby appearance lacked typical Mercedes-Benz grace. Well, whatever your thoughts on the old one were, they no longer matter; as the 2015 version is fabulous looking. It looks like a proper hot-hatch this time, and from front to back it drips style. The creases in the sides are particularly smart, and the front bears a keen resemblance to other tricked out AMG models.

2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class front

Feels

Elegant style is continued inside, with traces of carbon-fibre swooping beneath a handsomely stitched leather or suede dash. Mercedes have struck a chord here; they have made a car that really feels like a hot-hatch. You don’t feel like you are sitting in a smaller car surrounded by bits picked from the C-Class parts bin. It’s all original.

2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class interior

Engineering

Unsurprisingly, the engineering on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class seems to tick all the right boxes. It comes with a 7 speed double clutch transmission, which coupled with a direct select shift lever; which in simple terms basically means you get wonderfully smooth gear changes. Other features include automatically adjustable headlamps and sports suspension.

2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class interior

What’s on offer?

A 2.0 litre turbocharged straight-4 engine that produces 211 horsepower and does 0 – 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds is on offer in the A250, and costs AED 141,000. But then there’s the mightier A45 AMG that coughs up 360 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, but for that your pockets have got to deep; deep enough to dish out anything above AED 209,000.

2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class rear

Summing it

With a price tag that begins at AED 141,000 and soars well into the AED 200,000 range, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class commands an awful lot of money for a hatchback. In fact it’s significantly more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf GTI and while I can’t think of why you would pick an A-Class over the legendary GTI, the longer you stare at it, the more you’ll love it. It’s an achingly pretty car, this, and if I could afford it, I’d probably buy one.

2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class side

Specifications

Specifications2015 Mercedes-Benz A2502015 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre turbocharged / 4cyl2.0 litre turbocharged / 4cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
211 hp @ 5,500 RPM360 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
350 Nm @ 4,000 RPM450 Nm @ 5,000 RPM
Tranmission7 speed dual clutch automatic7 speed dual clutch automatic
DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h6.6 secs4.6 secs
Top speed240 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 141,000AED 209,000

One Response to 2015 Mercedes-Benz A-Class | new car review

  1. LLOYD DESOUZA Reply

    September 9, 2015 at 12:05 am

    • Exterior
      97%
    • Interior
      94%
    • Quality
      99%
    • Features
      99%
    • Performance
      97%
    • Value for money
      99%
    • Rated 5 stars

    I just love the feel and the raw power in s mode and manual beast in a small form

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