The initial Mercedes Benz A Class for sale was not taken too well by the majority of the motoring community. In fact, it was seen as a joke by lot of the major players in this industry. Cars in the same price range, like the Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series were much better looking and gave you more bang for your buck. The new model launched in 2012 completely changed this negative perception and made the Mercedes A Class a force to be reckoned with. This can be seen by the 463 000 units sold across the globe in 2014. One interesting point is that South Africa has the tenth biggest market for this A Class Mercedes.
So what’s different in the new Mercedes Benz 2016 models?
The Look of the Mercedes Benz A Class
When compared to the 2015 Mercedes Benz A Class for sale, there have been some minor tweaks. There are new arrow shaped front bumpers that were taken from the 2011 A-Class concept design. A new diamond grille with optional high performance LED headlights. The guys at Mercedes Benz have redesigned the taillights and incorporated the exhaust outlets into the design of the bumper. You get a choice between three different design and equipment lines and a further choice of three optional Design packages with various attractive materials, colours and new light-alloy Mercedes wheels.
Inside the new Mercedes Benz is where the design has really been changed from the previous models. The interior has been enhanced with a sporty flair. Mercedes went out of their way to harmonize the interior by using shapes, materials and surfaces that melt together into a luxury image of the highest standards. The three seat variations that you can choose from are all ergonomically styled with high quality trims on all visible surfaces and switches.
The instrument cluster has been reworked with a stylish tubular design, new dial graphics, a frameless head unit display and galvanized switches. Apple CarPlay and the MirrowLink systems have also been incorporated to give the car smartphone integration.
The A Class’ Drivability and Handling
Mercedes has created a few new engines to bolster it’s A class engine range and then they have improved the existing ones by extending their range and improving on their emissions. The most efficient being the A180d SE engine variant has had its consumption lowered to just 3.5 liters per hundred kilometers with emissions of only 89 grams per kilometer.
The A229d, A250 AMG and A250 AMG 4matic have all been bolstered by 5 kW of extra power. The A229d can now produce 130kW of power whilst the A250 AMG and A250 AMG 4matic are both capable of 160kW. Giving these engine variants the performance they needed to compete with the other cars in their class.
Mercedes Benz A45 AMG 4Matic engine variant has also been revamped and now gives off a respectable 280kW/475Nm.
New to the range is the A220d with 7G-Tronic transmission and the A220d 4Matic and the all new ‘Motorsport Edition’ package that will get racing fans’ blood pumping. We will go into the specifics later on in this article.
All of the A class variants have been further improved the Mercedes new Dynamic select system with adaptive damping. This system has three modes: Comfort (which is the default), Sport, Eco and the new Individual mode.
Models and Variants of the New Mercedes Benz
One change that Mercedes has made was to do away with the old CDI nomenclature and have opted for a more elegant “d” to denote their diesel line of engines.
The A200 d
The Mercedes A200d is an accomplished all-rounder Mercedes Benz A Class for sale and this starting 2.1-litre turbodiesel variant has a 6-speed manual transmission variant that will pump out a respectable 100 kW of power with a speed of 0 to 100 kph in 9.3 seconds.
Mercedes Benz A200 d Specifications
|Power||100 kW (136 HP)|
|Transmission||6-speed manual transmission|
|Acceleration 0-100km/h||9.3 s|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||4.1 - 4.5 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions (combined)||116 g/km|
A220 d Mercedes
Compared to last year’s diesel powered A Class Mercedes, this one has seven more break horse power to play with. The A220 d has 175bhp and produces 130 kW with 7.5 seconds from start to 100 kph. This one comes with the 7G-Tronic transmission so you have quicker and quieter gearshifts. Fuel economy is also great here, the A220d is said to consume just 4.2L per 100km.
Mercedes Benz A220 d Specifications
|Power||130 kW (177 HP)|
|Acceleration 0-100km/h||7.5 s|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||4.0 - 4.2 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions (combined)||109 g/km|
Mercedes Benz A200
The Mercedes Benz A200 is the newest car on the Mercedes line up and really does put Mercedes in pole position in the prestige compact hatch class. The 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine hits 100km/h 8.3 seconds when you put your foot down. It’s not really about the speed here but it’s about the value. This variant come with Bluetooth streaming, cruise control, a reversing camera, auto lights and wipers, self-parking software and a dual clutch transmission that makes changing gears feel like you are driving an F1 car.
Safety wise you will get collision prevention assist, ABS with EBD, ESC, TC and 9 airbags. With all of this, we can easily say that the Mercedes A200 will beat most cars in this class for value.
Mercedes Benz A200 Specifications
|Power||115 kW (156 HP)|
|Transmission||6-speed manual transmission|
|Acceleration 0-100km/h||8.1 s|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||5.5 - 5.7 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions (combined)||140 - 134 g/km|
The A250 Sport
The Mercedes Benz A250 sport has stiffer springs, thicker roll bars, firmer dampers and bigger brake disks. This means you get a punchier ride and special seats inside with suede trim and red accents. The dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox coupled with the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine will produce 208bhp.
Mercedes Benz A250 Sport Specifications
|Power||155 kW (211 HP)|
|Acceleration 0-100km/h||6.4 s|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||5.8 - 6.0 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions (combined)||143 - 139 g/km|
Mercedes Benz A45 AMG 4MATIC
The A45 AMG is the ultimate hot hatchback and the most powerful car in its class. Mercedes has used shorter gear ratios with better transmission mapping and various tweaks to the driving modes. Here you have a sport + option on top of the usual driving modes.
This variant will get you from 0 to 100 km per hour in 4.2 seconds and is limited at 250 kph. This car has racing spec brakes and is all wheel drive so cornering is a breeze.
Mercedes Benz A45 AMG 4MATIC Specifications
|Power||280 kW (381 HP)|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports|
|Acceleration 0-100km/h||4.2 s|
|Fuel consumption (combined)||6.9 - 7.3 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions (combined)||171 g/km|
The motor sport edition is a premium Mercedes package that can be applied to either the A200, the A200d or the A250 Sport upon purchase. It has been inspired by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team. With the motorsport edition you will receive an AMG spoiler with some new Alloy wheels and nice “petrol green” highlighting on all the bumpers and side mirrors. These accents are also on the air vents, stitching, seats and seatbelts. All wrapped in a Dinamica microfiber material and black leather.
Mercedes Benz A class price
- A200 BE – R 389 200
- A250 Sport – R 491 500
- A 200 d – R 419 200
- A220 d – R 460 100
- A45 AMG 4MATIC – R 683 600
If you want to make the perfect entrance, and leave a lasting impression, then you need to get your hands on the new A Class Mercedes. This car not only represents the pinnacle of what’s possible but it sets new benchmarks for others to follow. You will find a Mercedes Benz A Class for sale on Auto Mart. Whether you are looking for a stylish Mercedes Benz A250 or even a used Mercedes Benz. Auto Mart has the widest selection of models to choose from.