Mercedes A-class starts at £18,945 29 | 06 | 2012
MERCEDES HAS CONFIRMED its all-new A-class will start from £18,945 when it enters showrooms across the UK in December. The range-topper will be the 208bhp A250 which will set you back £28,775.
Five trim levels will be available — the base A-class, SE, Sport, AMG Sport and Engineered by AMG — and there is a range of petrol and diesel engines.
Diesel-lovers get the choice of 1461cc and 1796cc units with 108bhp, or a 1796cc with 134bhp, while the petrol engine options include a 1595cc unit in either a 120bhp or 154bhp state of tune, and a 1991cc with 208bhp.
The entry-level A180 comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and emits 129g/km of CO2. The £18,945 model also comes with comfort suspension, fabric upholstery, MP3-compatible CD/radio with 5.8in colour display, aux-in socket, USB port in the centre armrest and Bluetooth all as standard.
For £20,125 you can purchase the entry-level SE model, which adds fabric sports seats, Nappa leather steering wheel and fabric trim parts with contrast stitching, 16in 10-spoke alloys, plus a two-plate grille in the same colour as the car’s body. The SE is available with either the manual ‘box or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which costs an additional £1450.
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Step up to the £21,240 Sport model — which, not surprisingly, Mercedes says is 'designed to look more dynamic than the SE' — and you get more goodies.
There's a silver-coloured grille with chrome highlights, 17in five-twin spoke alloys and twin exhaust pipes. Inside the Sport's cabin, there's ambient lighting, cruise control, rain sensors and a perforated Nappa leather steering wheel.
The new A-class range range is completed by two AMG-inspired models. Starting at £23,445, the AMG Sport includes 18in AMG five-spoke alloys, AMG floor mats and door sill panels, plus the Dynamic Handling Package with sports suspension, perforated disc brakes and cruise control. Inside there's a flat-bottomed perforated Nappa leather sports steering wheel and Alcantara trim parts with red stitching to the Sport’s equipment level.
The range-topping ‘Engineered by AMG’ trim level, is only available — at least initially — with the A250. It will though be added to the A220 CDI line-up with an automatic transmission next spring.
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The Engineered by AMG model includes a different grille to the cars beneath it in the range, AMG sports suspension, red brake callipers, 18in AMG twin-spoke alloys fitted with 235/40 R18 tyres and tweaks to the characteristics of the ESP system.
Other features include bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, red trim parts in the front and rear bumpers, privacy glass, red seat belts and air vent rings and wheel arch and floor mats with Sport badges.
The range also includes the first Mercedes-Benz to dip below 100g/km of CO2 emissions, the 108bhp turbodiesel A180 CDI SE which, when fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, produces 98g/km. Start-stop technology is standard across the whole of the new A-class range.
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