Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2018–)

Model History

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 arches for wheels from 16 to 19 inches emphasise the sportiness of the new A-Class and make it sit more squarely on the road. The dashboard is divided into two three-dimensional, horizontal sections: the lower section is visually separated from the main body of the dashboard by a "trench", and it appears to float in front of the dashboard.

The ambient lighting enhances this effect, accentuating the free-floating impression of the substructure. The 64 colours of the optional ambient lighting make five times as many colours available than before. And it is not just the variety that has increased, as the emotive presentation also sets standards in this segment: the different colours are composed into ten colour worlds to allow an avant-garde lighting display with spectacular colour changes.

More shoulder, elbow and headroom plus easier access to the rear are clear benefits, as is the larger and more family- and recreation-friendly luggage compartment. All-round visibility has also been considerably improved. This enhances both safety and the impression of spaciousness.

The capacity of the luggage compartment behind the rear seats is 370 litres – 29 litres more than in the preceding model. Thanks to two-section rear lights, the loading aperture is 20 cm wider than before, and the luggage compartment floor is 11.5 cm longer.

During the development of the A-Class, particular attention was given to high overall structural rigidity and the connecting points between the body, suspension and powertrain. Significant increases in introduction rigidities were especially achieved at the suspension connecting points that are so important to road roar, and the interior noise level was considerably reduced.

The comprehensive noise insulation concept of the new A-Class includes components such as the air and coolant management systems or trim parts in the interior being configured so as to improve noise insulation as well. Wind noises have also been significantly reduced compared to the preceding model.

The following three engine variants are available on the launch of the A-Class.

A 200 (163PS and 250Nm) with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission combined fuel consumption 5.1 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 120 g/km) or six-speed manual transmission (combined fuel consumption 5.6 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 133 g/km)

A 250 with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (224PS and 350Nm; combined fuel consumption 6.0 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 141 g/km)

A 180 d with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (116PS and 26 Nm; combined fuel consumption 4.1 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 108 g/km)

There is a choice of suspension systems for the A-Class, depending on engine variant and driver preference. 16-inch wheels are standard equipment. DYNAMIC SELECT is standard equipment, and at the touch of a button also provides an individual driving experience in conjunction with the suspension with active damping control (optional).

Like all its predecessors, the new A-Class has a McPherson front suspension. The more powerful versions such as the A 250 and all 4MATIC models have a sophisticated four-link rear suspension.

As standard the new A-Class is equipped with a comfort suspension with steel springs and DYNAMIC SELECT. The comfort suspension lowered by 15 millimetres has specially configured springs and dampers for more sporty characteristics. The suspension with active damping control enables the driver to choose the preferred damping characteristics.

September 2018

Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic launched

It is powered by a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with output of 306PS and 400Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 4.7 seconds. Prices start at £35,580.

The AMG Speedshift DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission also contributes to the agile and dynamic character of the new A 35 4MATIC. The gear ratios have been configured so that the driver experiences very spontaneous acceleration in all speed ranges, combined with fast shifting and optimum connections when shifting up.

The standard RACE-START function allows maximum acceleration from stationary and is a highly emotional experience. The functions of the DCT 7G transmission are rounded off with a temporary M mode activated by operating the steering wheel shift paddles in any driving mode, and with the manual transmission mode “M” for manual gear shifting with the shift paddles.

The optional Adaptive Damping System enables the driver to choose between three different suspension control modes. The spectrum ranges from comfort-focused to sporty. The system operates fully automatically, adapting the damping forces for each wheel according to the driving situation and road conditions. This happens within milliseconds and is infinitely variable, with a wide spread of damping characteristics. The result is that ride comfort and agility are enhanced in equal measure.

The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. Depending on the drive program selected the sound is modulated from balanced to powerful.

In the new A 35 4MATIC too MBUX replaces the previous COMAND systems and creates an even closer connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers. Emotionally appealing presentations underline the clear control structure and feature brilliant maximum-resolution 3D graphics.

November 2018

A 200 d Sport and A 220 d AMG Line added to range

Two new diesel engines have been added to the A-Class range: the A 200 d Sport (£28,805 OTR) and the A 220 d AMG Line (£30,005 OTR).

The clean and efficient OM654q engines have been tested to new RDE-2 standards. These engines will also feature in the new B-Class.

Company car drivers will benefit from tax savings due to the removal of the four per cent BIK diesel surcharge for the life of the vehicle. Private customers will also benefit from a lower road fund licence, allowing a one band saving.

This means purchasing the new A 220 d AMG Line can provide business users, who pay 40 per cent income tax, a cost saving of £460.68 over three years in comparison to the old model.

The A 200 d features a 2.0-litre diesel engine with an output of 150PS and 320Nm of torque. It delivers up to 67.3mpg on the combined cycle and emits 110g/km of CO2. It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 137mph.

The A 220 d is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine which produces 190PS and 400Nm of torque. It can achieve 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 114 g/km of CO2. It can travel from 0 to 62mph in 7.0 seconds and has a top speed of 146 mph.

Both engines come standard with an 8G-DCT 8-Speed automatic transmission.

The A 200 d is available in two trims: Sport and AMG Line, while the A 220 d is only available in the AMG Line trim.

The Sport trim line comes as standard with: MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation; seven-inch cockpit display and seven-inch touchscreen media display; reversing camera; 17-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels; hard-disk navigation; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Speed Limit Assist; comfort suspension; DAB radio; Keyless-Go starting function; automatic two-zone climate control; LED high performance headlights and tail lamps; and dark carbon fibre trim with Artico and Fléron fabric upholstery.

AMG Line customers will benefit from 18-inch five-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels; diamond radiator grille; AMG bodystyling; Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery; and three-spoke sports steering wheel.

There are a number of option packages available. The Executive equipment line costs £1,395 and includes 10.25-inch media display; Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC; Heated front seats; and mirror package which includes electrically folding exterior mirrors and automatically-dimming driver’s side mirror and rear view mirror.

The £2,395 Premium package – only available in conjunction with Sport or AMG Line trims - adds 10.25-inch instrument cluster; ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; illuminated door sills; Keyless-Entry (lock/unlock); Mid-range sound system; and rear armrest.

For £3,595 customers can opt for the Premium Plus equipment line (in conjunction with Sport or AMG Line trims) which, in addition to the Premium equipment line, adds electrically-adjustable front memory seats; Multibeam LEDs with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; and a Panoramic glass sunroof.

The Driving Assistance package is available for £1,695 – only in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines - and comprises Active Blind Spot Assist; Active Braking Assist with cross-traffic function; Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC; Active Emergency Stop Assist; Active Lane-change Assist; Active Speed Limit Assist; Active Steering Asist; Evasive Steering Assist; Pre-Safe Plus; and route-based speed adjustment.

The £495 Advanced Navigation package can be added, only in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines, and includes MBUX augmented reality for navigation; and traffic sign assist.

The Advanced Connectivity package (in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines) costs £495 and includes smartphone integration; pre-installation of digital vehicle key for smartphone; and wireless phone charging.

July 2019

Mercedes-AMG A 45 and A 45 S announced

With an output of up to 421PS, the completely newly developed 2.0-litre engine is the world's most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder manufactured for series production. Mercedes-AMG has bettered the output of the preceding engine by 40PS while maximum torque has also increased from 475 to up to 500Nm.

In the 45 models, the four-cylinder ensures extremely agile performance in two output classes: with 421PS as the S model and with 387PS in the basic version.

The A 45 S 4MATIC+ takes 3.9 seconds to reach 62mph (CLA 45 S 4MATIC+: 4.0 seconds), while the A 45 4MATIC+ model hits 62mph in 4.0 seconds (CLA 45 4 MATIC+ in 4.1 seconds).

The driver and front passenger are seated in an active position on contoured sport seats with firm lateral support. The standard upholstery as a combination of black ARTICO man-made leather and DINAMICA microfibre is timeless, and creates typical AMG highlights with double topstitching in red. The colour scheme is echoed by the red designo seat belts and the dashboard support trim in black DINAMICA microfibre with a red border. The chromed air vents are likewise upgraded with a red ring. As an alternative an upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather in neva grey/black with mid-grey double topstitching and light-longitudinal-grain aluminium trim is available.

The A 45 S and CLA 45 S even go a step further: yellow highlights reoccur throughout the interior to emphasise the motor racing character of the more powerful models. Also included in the standard equipment are the AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre with contrasting yellow topstitching, a yellow 12 o'clock marking, AMG steering wheel buttons and AMG logo, plus ambience lighting.

In all models, the centre console in high-gloss black with a touchpad as standard has a further control array with additional switches controlling the 3-stage ESP®, the manual transmission mode and the optional adaptive damping system AMG RIDE CONTROL. In combination with the optional leather package, it features a silver chrome console surround.

The characteristic, sporty AMG ambience is also enhanced by the sports pedal cluster of brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, black floor mats with AMG lettering and a surround in a nubuck leather look, the black fabric roof liner and AMG front entry sills in brushed stainless steel with "AMG" lettering.

August 2019

Mercedes-AMG A 45 S priced from £50,570

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S is available to order now with prices starting from £50,570 and rising to £56,570 for the Plus model.

Standard equipment on the A 45 S includes 19-inch five-twin-spoke alloys; red brake callipers; AMG Suspension with AMG Ride Control; AMG-specific radiator grille with a wider lower contour and 12 vertical louvres; wider front wings with flared arches; wider AMG side skirts; two sets of round, twin tailpipes; diffuser; spoiler lip in vehicle colour; AMG DYNAMIC SELECT; AMG Night pack; ARTICO and DINAMICA microfibre performance seats; AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibre; AMG DRIVE Unit with driver’s package and AMG TRACK PACE; heated front seats; mirror package; parking package; 10.25-inch touch screen media display and 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster; Mercedes-Benz sound system; KEYLESS entry; Mercedes-Benz illuminated door sills; 64-colour ambient lighting; rear arm rest; smartphone integration with wireless charging; and augmented reality satellite navigation.

The Plus model adds AMG Aerodynamic package, including modified front splitter, additional flics on the front apron, an additional diffuser blade, side spoiler lips on the rear apron and a rear spoiler; Adaptive Damping suspension; panoramic sunroof; Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; 19-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels; electrically-adjustable front memory seats; leather package; Traffic Sign Assist; multi-contour seat package; Burmester surround sound system; and Blind Spot Assist.

Standard safety and assistance equipment on all models includes Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keep Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, and Speed Limit Assist.

Model

CO2 (g/km)

P11D (£)

Road fund licence (£)

OTR price (£)

BiK (%)

A 45 S 4MATIC+

192

49,235.00

1,280.00

50,570.00

37

A 45 S 4MATIC+ Plus

192

55,235.00

1,280.00

56,570.00

37

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

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