Two new efficient diesel engines are now available in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The A 200 d Sport and the A 220 d AMG Line have been tested to new RDE-2 standards, which means Mercedes-Benz is among the first to offer RDE-2-compliant diesel engines in the UK. These engines will also feature in the new B-Class when it goes on sale in December.
Company car drivers will benefit from tax savings due to the removal of the four per cent BIK diesel surcharge for the life of the vehicle. Private customers will also benefit from a lower road fund licence, allowing a one band saving.
This means purchasing the new A 220 d AMG Line can provide business users, who pay 40 per cent income tax, a cost saving of £460.68 over three years in comparison to the old model.
Priced at £28,805, the A 200 d is the more economical of the two new additions. It is powered by a two-litre diesel engine with an output of 148bhp and 320 Nm of torque. On the combined cycle, it delivers up to 67.3 mpg, emitting 110 g/km of CO2, and given a straight road, it can get from zero to 62mph in 8.1 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 137mph.
Meanwhile, the A 220 d (£30,005) also uses a two-litre diesel engine, but it has been tuned to churn out 187bhp and 400 Nm of torque. Running costs are still impressive, reaching 65.7mpg at 114 g/km CO2 combined, while 0-62mph is doable in seven seconds. Speed peaks at 146mph.
Both engines come standard with an 8G-DCT eight-speed automatic transmission.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “These two new diesel engines report some attractive figures but the entry-level A180 d remains the most efficient A-Class available right now, with 108g/km CO2 and 68.9mpg.”
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