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Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2018–)

Last updated 18 April 2018

Completely re-worked A-Class with new petrol engines. Dash follows design of E-Class. Better ride quality. New voice-operated tech.
Looks similar to 2012 A-Class. New 1.33 petrol engine disappointing.
Updated 2 August 2018
Mercedes reveals 2018 A-Class

The A-Class gets a longer wheelbase and character line along the side. The bonnet slopes down more heavily than in the preceding model series, emphasising the dynamic, upright front. The larger wheel...

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Introduction

A-Class gets sophisticated semi-autonomous tech that will allow it to drive itself under human supervision.

Longer (120mm) and wider (16mm) than the outgoing car, the fourth-generation A-Class has more head and legroom in the front and back. Driver visibility is better too with the corner pillars reduced in size by 10 per cent to minimise blind spots.

The 2018 A-Class is more practical, with 370 litres of bootspace. This means it carries more than both the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series when the rear seats are in place.

Cabin quality is enhanced with more soft touch materials while the design echoes the latest E-Class. The dashboard is dominated by twin HD displays that – depending on spec – will measure between seven and 10 inches apiece.

Like Audi’s virtual cockpit system, the driver gets a digital instrument binnacle that can be customised to show navigation directions, traffic reports and in-car settings.

The central screen operates all of the in-car apps and features, as well as display maps and points of interest for navigation. There will be a new ambient lighting system with 64 colours. The turbine style air vents will also light up in the dark. 

Ride quality and comfort is better than before, even on 19-inch wheels withn 40 profile tyres, thanks to the 30mm longer wheelbase and reworked multi-link rear suspension. Mercedes-Benz promises affordable fuel costs too, with the A180d 116PS diesel returning an official 68.8mpg and 108g/km of CO2.

Given the backlash against diesels, petrol power is far more prominent in the A-Class than before, despite most sales of previous A-Class going to 1,461cc Renault engined A180d. New 1.33 litre engine features cylinder deactivation tech that saves fuel by switching from four to two-cylinders under light loads.

The entry-level 1.33-litre unit is the only engine to get a manual gearbox and produces 163PS with an advertised 55.3mpg. The 2.0-litre 224PS petrol - linked to a more substantial seven-speed dual clutch auto, can return 40.3mpg with 141g/km of CO2. 

As well as all-new mechanical underpinnings, the A-Class boasts an array of semi-autonomous tech that allows it to effectively drive itself under human supervision. Operated by a system of radar and cameras, the A-Class is able to control its speed, change lanes and read traffic signs. It also performs a full automatic emergency stop if required and applies the brakes if it detects a rear-end impact.  

Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2018 Range Road Test 

 

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