The Sport variant is designed to look more dynamic than the SE, so gets twin exhaust pipes, 17in five-twin spoke alloys and a silver-coloured grille with chrome highlights. Inside, the Sport has a perforated Nappa leather steering wheel, cruise control, rain sensors and ambient lighting. Prices start at £21,240.
Two AMG-inspired models complete the Mercedes-Benz A-class range. The AMG Sport, from £23,445, includes the Dynamic Handling Package with sports suspension, perforated disc brakes, cruise control, 18in AMG five-spoke alloys, plus AMG floor mats and door sill panels. Inside it adds a flat-bottomed perforated Nappa leather sports steering wheel and Alcantara trim parts with red stitching to the Sport’s equipment level.
Completing the A-class range is the ‘Engineered by AMG’ trim level, which is initially only available with the A250. It will be added to the A220 CDI line-up with an automatic transmission next spring.
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 most frugal car in the A-class range is the oilburning A180 CDI in SE trim. When equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 108bhp diesel produces 98g/km. It costs £21,200 and is the first Mercedes-Benz to dip below 100g/km of CO2 emissions. All engines across the A-class range feature stop-start as standard.
The Sport and AMG Sport model lines can be ordered with two optional packages.
The Night package offers privacy glass, black gloss beltline and mirror caps, dark 18in alloys, a grille with black gloss and chrome accents and bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights.
The Exclusive package includes stitched upper dashboard and leather upholstery, four-way lumbar support, heated front seats, an armrest with stitching and velour floor mats.
Drive Kit Plus, available as an option across all models, enables drivers to access iPhone content through the in-vehicle display.
The Mercedes-Benz A-class goes on sale in the UK in December.