A for effort: 2019 Mercedes A-Class revealed

Posted on Feb 3, 2018 by

The Germans have kept things more pure and less immature with the fourth-generation Mercedes A-Class , which has just been revealed and is ready to go on sale in late

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The third-generation wasn’t the most popular hatchback in the Auto Middle East office, with its completely indifferent dynamic characteristics and the most front-wheel drive-looking design in the segment with quite a dash-to-axle ratio to put you right off. Still, the A-Class sold in crazy numbers because it’s a Mercedes-Benz, and because you can afford one.

The AMG cars of course weren’t joking around at all when it came to handling and performance, the the A 45 impressed more than most in the hot hatch segment, but that didn’t change the fact that this budget Merc still had fake vents, fake intakes, fake centre-lock wheels, and lots of other tacky additions that detracted from the concept of luxurious hatchbackery. 

2018 2019 mercedes a-class 1

Now Mercedes-Benz has revealed the fourth-generation A-Class and it’s decidedly more confident than the outgoing model, with its clean, adult-contemporary design completely free of any racing graphics and tacked on plastic go-faster bits. In fact, it looks mighty fine… Except of course for the side-on view revealing the acres of front overhang that still muddle up our minds because we have trouble accepting a front-wheel drive Merc, but otherwise it’s some fine work from the Germans indeed.

2018 2019 mercedes a-class 1

At launch the new A-Class will come in three petrol-fuelled flavours including a range-topping (at least before the Affalterbach-developed AMG models arrive) A 250 powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. The A 250 is rated at 224 horsepower at 5,500rpm and 350Nm of torque from 1,800rpm pinning it right up against stuff like the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Performance is right on the money too — the A 250 sprints from zero to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds and tops out at 250km/h.

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The pure exterior design however is somewhat contrasted by the interior once you step inside, where you’re greeted by lots of detailing and a pair of massive seven-inch displays. If you’re busy scoffing at that don’t worry, because you can also optionally spec up a pair of 10.25-inch displays for ultimate screen envy from your friends.

We expect the car to arrive in our Middle East region as a model later this year, and in the meantime you can bide the time over by wondering how bonkers the fourth-generation AMG A-Class will end up being once Mercedes lets us have a look at it.


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