Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class Saloon will cost upwards of £27,875 when it goes on sale early next year.
That makes it considerably more expensive than the Audi A3 Saloon – its closest rival – which starts at £23,530 on the road.
However, Merc will aim to justify the price premium with a high level of standard specification.
What kit comes with the new A-Class Saloon?
Equipment will be split over two trims: Sport and AMG Line, with twin seven-inch displays, a central touchscreen, MBUX multimedia system and DAB radio coming as standard.
Every new A-Class Saloon rides on 17-inch alloy wheels (18-inch for AMG Line models) with comfort suspension, while the interior boasts artico and fléron fabric upholstery, automatic two-zone climate control and a keyless-go starting function.
Safety is boosted with the standard inclusion of active lane keeping assist and speed limit assist.
Aside from bigger rims, AMG Line models also get AMG bodystyling, artico and dinamica microfibre upholstery and a three-spoke sports steering wheel.
What engines are available in the new A-Class Saloon?
From launch, the new A-Class Saloon is being offered with one of two engines.
The 180 d will be the most fleet-friendly choice, with its 114bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine returning up to 68.9mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 110g/km. When pushed, it can sprint from zero to 62mph in 10.5 seconds, with speed peaking at 125mph.
Petrol drivers can opt for the A 200, which is powered by a 160bhp 1.3-litre engine, delivering up to 51.4mpg at 121g/km CO2.
Both engines come linked to Merc’s 7G-DCT automatic transmission as standard.
Optional extras for the new A-Class Saloon
For an extra £1,395, the Executive equipment package upgrades the standard seven-inch central touchscreen media display to a 10.25-inch system and adds heated front seats and active parking assist with parktronic.
The Premium equipment line (£2,395) includes all of that, but also throws in ambient lighting with 64 colours, illuminated door sills, keyless-go, an upgraded sound system, rear armrest and a 10.25-inch cockpit display, creating a widescreen effect.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The new A-Class Saloon promises to serve as a high-end middle-ground to the standard A-Class hatchback and the C-Class.”
Posted on 13th September 2018
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