Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2012–2018)

Model History

March 2012

Mercedes-Benz A-Class revealed

There is a selection of petrol and diesel engines ranging from 1.6 to 2.2-litres, with power outputs from 109 to 211hp. Emissions start from 99g/km, and all engines get start/stop technology. A six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard and a dual clutch automatic is offered as an option.

AMG, Mercedes-Benz’ performance arm, has worked on the AMG Sport styling package which adds even more beefed up styling in the form of a new grille, and larger wheels.

Mercedes-Benz says that the interior is of exceptional quality, and it has made efforts to create a trim that looks to have been carved from one piece of material. A large amount of customisation is possible in the cabin, with buyers given the choice of various upholstery options.

Safety equipment is important in the new A-Class, too – hill start assist, attention assist and collision mitigating braking are fitted as standard while automatic high-beam, blind spot warning and park assist are optional, amongst other equipment. On sale in the UK from Summer 2012.

Automatic transmissions are 7G-DCT, twin oil clutch, not dry clutch. This pdf explains: 7G-DCT.

December 2013

Four wheel drive A 250 4MATIC announced

Available from January 2014. Has 1,991cc 4 cylinder turbo petrol engine offering 211PS and 350Nm from a low 1,200-4,000rpm coupled to 7G-DCT dual clutch transmissiom and automatic four wheel drive. Top speed 149mph, 0-60 6.3, 45.6mpg combined, 145g/km CO2. Standard wheels 18" with 225/40 R18 tyres. Price £28,985, but 'Command' satnav not standard and extras can soon bump that up to £39,420.

June 2015

Revised A-Class launched

The A160 with 102PS is the new entry-level model. The new efficiency champion is the Renault engined 109PS A 180d BlueEFFICIENCY Edition with CO2 emissions of 89 g/km.

It gets a diamond grille, new LED High Performance headlamps (optional extra; standard for A45) and newly designed rear lights with exhaust tailpipes integrated into the bumper.

The A220d is now 7PS more powerful than before with 177PS, while the sport models A250 Sport and A250 Sport 4MATIC now develop 218PS instead of the previous 211PS. In combination with the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, the A-Class now has "Launch Assist" for even faster acceleration from standstill. All in all the model range has 17 versions.

Mercedes-Benz is also using the A-Class model facelift as the opportunity to introduce the new nomenclature for the drive variants in this model series. While the petrol models have no suffix, the small letter "d" replaces the previous "CDI" – the A200CDI is now called the A200d, for example.

The new-generation A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be available with comprehensive smartphone integration: from the beginning of 2016 the infotainment systems Apple CarPlay (for iPhone owners) and MirrorLink will become available.

At the same time the new generation telematics are being introduced into the A-Class. Operation is now even more intuitive, with the functions accompanied by animated menus and visual depictions on the even larger display in the head unit. On request the screen diagonal now measures 20.3 cm (8 inches), making it at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) larger than before.

Diesel

A 160 d

A 180 d

A 180 d BEE 1

A 200 d/
A 200 d 4MATIC

A 220 d/
A 220 d 4MATIC

Number of cylinders/
arrangement

4 in-line

4 in-line

4 in-line

4 in-line

4 in-line

Displacement (cc)

1461

1461

1461

2143

2143

Rated output
(kW/hp at rpm)

66/90 at
2750-4000

80/109 at
4000

80/109 at
4000

100/136 at
3200-4000

(at 3400-4400)

130/177 at
3600-3800

Rated torque
(Nm at rpm)

240 at
1700-2500

260 at
1750-2500

260 at
1750-2500

300 at
1400-3000

350 at
1400-3400

Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)

4.1-3.7
(3,9-3,7)

4.1-3.7
(3.9-3.7)

3.5

4.5-4.1
(4.1-3.8)
[4.9-4.6]

(4.2-4.0)
[4.9-4.6]

Combined CO 2 emissions from (g/km)

107-98
(104-98)

107-98
(104-98)

89

116-106
(108-99)
[127-121]

(109-104)
[127-121]

Efficiency class

A+ (A+)

A+ (A+)

A+

A (A+) [A]

(A+)
[A]

Acceleration
0-100 km/h (s)

13,8
(13,6)

11,3
(11,3)

11.3

9,3 (8,8)
[8,8]

(7,5)
[7,5]

Top speed (km/h)

180
(180)

190
(190)

190

210 (210) [210]

(224)
[220]

Petrol

A 160

A 180

A 180 BEE 1

A 200

A 220 4MATIC

Number of cylinders/
arrangement

4 in-line

4 in-line

4 in-line

4 in-line

4 in-line

Displacement (cc)

1595

1595

1595

1595

1991

Rated output
(kW/hp at rpm)

75/102 at
4500-6000

90/122 at
5000

90/122 at
5000

115/156 at
5300

135/184 at
5500

Rated torque
(Nm at rpm)

180 at
1200-3500

200 at
1250-4000

200 at
1250-4000

250 at
1250-4000

300 at
1200-4000

Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)

5.6–5.4
(5.4-5.1)

5.7-5.5
(5.4-5.1)

5.2

5.7-5.5
(5.4-5.1)

[6.6-6.3]

Combined CO 2 emissions from (g/km)

128-124
(126-119)

134-127
(126-119)

120

134-128
(126-119)

[154-148]

Efficiency class

B (B)

B (B)

B

B (B)

[C]

Acceleration
0-100 km/h (s)

10.6 (10.4)

8.9 (8.6)

8.9

8.1 (7.8)

[6.9]

Top speed (km/h)

190 (190)

202 (202)

190

224 (224)

[228]

Petrol

A 250/
A 250 4MATIC

A 250 Sport/
A250 Sport 4MATIC

A 45 4MATIC

Number of cylinders/
arrangement

4 in-line

4 in-line

4 in-line

Displacement (cc)

1991

1991

1991

Rated output
(kW/hp at rpm)

155/211 at
5.500

160/218 at
5.500

280/381 at 6000

Rated torque
(Nm at rpm)

350 at
1200-4000

350 at
1200-4000

475 at 2250-5000

Combined fuel consumption from (l/100 km)

6.7-6.6
(6.0-5.8)
[6.6-6.5]

6.8 (6.2)
[6.6]

[6.9]

Combined CO 2 emissions from (g/km)

154-151
(139-136)
[154-152]

158 (143)
[154]

[162]

Efficiency class

D (C)
[C]

D (C)
[C]

[D]

Acceleration
0-100 km/h (s)

6.5 (6.4)
[6.4]

6.4 (6.3)
[6.3]

[4.2]

Top speed (km/h)

240 (240)
[240]

240 (240)
[240]

[250]

What does a Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2012 – 2018) cost?

List Price from £23,755
Buy new from £20,520
Contract hire from £181.07 per month