The arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz A 180 model for just $42,300 in February 2019 signals a new starting point for the A-Class range, which will be further beefed up with the addition of two new variants for the upper spec A 250 range.
The A 180 hatch features Mercedes’ new MBUX multimedia system that is standard across the A-Class range destined for Australia. This includes two fully-digital 10.25-inch screens and the intuitive ‘Hey Mercedes’ interface that not only recognises and enacts common commands, it also has the ability to learn the habits and preferences of its driver and prompt them with helpful suggestions.
The central display screen responds to touch, and there is also a touchpad in the centre console as well as the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz steering wheel equipped with buttons that respond to smartphone-style swipes and presses.
A comprehensive range of active safety and security features are also equipped as standard, including Active Lane Keep Assist, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, Blind Spot Assist with exit warning, Active Brake Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, a reversing camera and LED headlights.
Convenience and comfort features include satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, smartphone integration, keyless start, and sports seats in ARTICO upholstery.
Style wise, the A 180 sports the Style Equipment Line with its distinctive diamond radiator grille complementing the predator face styling. The 17-inch, 5 twin-spoke alloy wheels complete the fetching external appearance.
A 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 7G-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch automatic makes 100 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque, with a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.7 litres per 100km.
For comparative purposes, the A 200 model on sale now for $47,200 adds 18- inch alloy wheels, Progressive Equipment Line, wireless charging, Adaptive High Beam Assist, and 120 kW / 250 Nm from the same engine-transmission combination.
The A 250 family will also expand with two new models: a front-wheel-drive version of the A 250 4MATIC ’Limited Edition’ which will share the same generous equipment and technical specification, and the A 250 4MATIC with AMG Line, which will include standard equipment such as 18-inch AMG bi-colour alloy wheels, AMG Line body styling, Night Package with window tint, Keyless-Go, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting and upholstery in ARTICO/DINAMICA.
2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class range
|A 180||A 200||A 250||A 250 4MATIC|
|Rated output||100 kW||120 kW||165 kW||165 kW|
|at||5500 rpm||5500 rpm||5500 rpm||5500 rpm|
|at||1460 rpm||1620 rpm||1800 rpm||1800 rpm|
|0 to 100 (seconds)||8.8||8||6.2||6.2|
|Kerb weight (kg)||1,365||1,375||1,455||1,505|
Australian pricing (excluding on-roads) and availability
|A 180||$42,300||February 2019|
|A 200||$47,200||Available now|
|A 250 (FWD)||$48,800||March 2019|
|A 250 4MATIC Limited Edition||$49,500||Available now|
|A 250 4MATIC with AMG line||$54,800||February 2019|