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Spiritual successor to the original 190 becomes the sixth member of Mercedes’ compact car line-up
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26 July 2018

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the standard version of its new A-Class saloon, which is set to go on sale in the UK by the end of the year.

The A-Class has already been seen in hatchback and China-only long-wheelbase saloon form. The global saloon version, designed to rival the Audi A3 saloon and upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, will make its public debut at the Paris motor show in October.

It slots into Mercedes' line-up beneath the C-Class saloon to become the German car maker’s most affordable four-door model, in a move that mirrors the 1982 launch of the original 190, which sat beneath the E-Class and was subsequently rebadged as the C-Class.

Mercedes has confirmed that the A-Class saloon will be offered with just two engines when it goes on sale, although further units are planned once production is ramped up.

The launch options are a turbocharged 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 161bhp and 184lb ft (badged A200) and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel with 114bhp and 192lb ft (badged A180d).

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Both come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, although, as with the hatchback, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic 'box with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles is an option.

When mated to the latter, the petrol engine is claimed to return combined fuel economy of 54.3mpg and average CO2 emissions of 119g/km, while the diesel records 70.6mpg and 107g/km.

Together with standard front-wheel-drive versions of the A-Class saloon, Mercedes also plans to offer a limited number of four-wheel-drive 4Matic variants, including A35 4Matic and A45 4Matic models from its AMG performance division.

The A-Class saloon adopts the same front-end styling treatment as the A-Class hatchback, with a prominent grille and angular headights that taper into the leading edge of the front fenders.

It’s only behind the B-pillars that saloon differs from the hatchback, with a longer roof, longer rear doors and a longer rear overhang to accommodate a short, separate boot.

At 4549mm long, 1796mm wide and 1446mm tall, the saloon is 130mm longer, the same width and 6mm taller than the hatchback, with an identical wheelbase of 2729mm.

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In comparison, the Audi A3 saloon measures 4458mm long, 1796mm wide and 1415mm tall, with a 2637mm wheelbase.

Mercedes says a relatively small frontal area and the extended rear overhang of the saloon makes it highly aerodynamically efficient. It has a Cd of 0.22, beating the 0.23 Cd of the firm’s previous aerodynamic production champion, the CLA.

Inside, the A-Class saloon features the same dashboard and advanced infotainment functions as the new hatchback, including Mercedes' new MBUX infotainment system with touchscreen control and speech recognition.

Mercedes claims the saloon offers above-average shoulder, elbow and head room for front seat occupants and class-leading head room for those in the rear. Its 420-litre boot capacity, however, doesn’t quite match the 425 litres of the smaller A3 saloon.

The A-class saloon is built on Mercedes-Benz’s MFA II platform and, as with the hatch, utilises two rear suspension layouts: a torsion beam arrangement on cheaper models and multi-link system on higher-end variants.

The model will be built at Mercedes' Rastatt plant in Germany and in Aguascalientes, Mexico, at a new joint venture factory run in co-operation with Renault-Nissan.

The long-wheelbase version for the Chinese market is built at Beijing Benz Automotive in China.

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Prices for the A-Class saloon are expected to start from £26,500, making it around £3000 more expensive than the rival Audi A3 saloon. 

The A-class saloon is the sixth member of Mercedes-Benz’s compact car line-up, joining the A-Class hatchback, B-Class MPV, CLA coupé, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA crossover in an expanded line-up that will also include an Audi Q3 and BMW X1-rivalling SUV called the GLB by the end of 2019.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class review 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class review 

Mercedes-Benz CLA review 

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ZenBass 27 July 2018

Bonnet Gap

I suspect the bonnet gap is for the new pedestrian safety regs...I suggest Merc take a look at the new Pug 508 to see how it should properly be done

The back also has a resemblance to the Alfa Giulia but nowhere where near as pretty and the lights look strangely BMWesque

The standard A Class hatch , like the old just is not proportioned right and the new Slimer headlights really don't help with make the nose look unnaturally lower than the rear, this is much the same

Also not convinced by the interior, it may look smart but upon closer inspection you can definitely find where costs cuttings have been made in regards to some of the quality of the trim and switch gear

I'd get the Alfa any day as noone will buy this in standard spec i maybe wrong but the models price range will probably extend north of £40k once a few options are ticked

robhardyuk 28 July 2018

ZenBass wrote:

ZenBass wrote:

I suspect the bonnet gap is for the new pedestrian safety regs...I suggest Merc take a look at the new Pug 508 to see how it should properly be done The back also has a resemblance to the Alfa Giulia but nowhere where near as pretty and the lights look strangely BMWesque The standard A Class hatch , like the old just is not proportioned right and the new Slimer headlights really don't help with make the nose look unnaturally lower than the rear, this is much the same Also not convinced by the interior, it may look smart but upon closer inspection you can definitely find where costs cuttings have been made in regards to some of the quality of the trim and switch gear I'd get the Alfa any day as noone will buy this in standard spec i maybe wrong but the models price range will probably extend north of £40k once a few options are ticked

 

Except it is not aimed at the Alfa. What a stupid comment.

 

Not to mention the fact, take the Alfa badge away and you have a frumpy looking 10 year out of date looking car. And then lets discuss the dreadful panel gaps on the whole Alfa Romeo product range, rubbish plastics, bad electrics (yes still) etc. Way way way behind the times, utter rubbish. Go back to bed.

a6rnh 27 July 2018

why?

a poor mans CLA? what is the point of this thing?

catnip 26 July 2018

Its got that 'humped' look

Its got that 'humped' look that Mercedes saloons seem to have adopted now. Doesn't appeal to me at all.