Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2005–2012)

Model History

February 2005

New A-Class launched

Mercedes Code W169. More sharply styled, more car-like A Class in 3 and 5 door versions. 3,838mm long by 1,764mm wide by 1,595mm high. Standard tyres sizes seem to be 185/65 x 15 or 195/55 x 16.

Base engine 95PS 1,498cc 1.5 twin cam, plus 116PS 1.7, 134PS 2.0 and 193PS 2.0 Turbo. 2.0 litre diesels with 82PS, 109PS or 140PS. In UK from early 2005. Vastly better than old A Class. Has the feeling of solidity a Mercedes ought to have. 193bhp A 200 Turbo from October 2005, from £20,695 on the road for 3-dr and £21,295 for 5-dr. Insurance Group 14E. 2,035 cc, 193 hp and 280 Nm. 0-60 mph 7.2 seconds with standard six-speed manual gearbox (reduced to 7.1 seconds with optional AUTOTRONIC CVT), top speed 141 mph, 34.9 mpg combined, CO2 192 g/km.

A low fuel consumption of just 62.8 mpg – corresponding to CO2 emissions of 119 g/km – is a key feature of the A 160 CDI, due to be launched in June 2008. The reduction in fuel consumption can be attributed to intelligent optimisation in all relevant vehicle components.

July 2008

Facelifted Summer 2008 and made safer, more economical and greener than before. The design has been revised and new technical developments have further enhanced levels of safety with crash responsive lighting and adaptive brake lights. The car is more comfortable as a result of new interior materials, with improved adjustment and support in the seats. All models have new infotainment systems with Bluetooth connectivity, and the engines are now more fuel efficient as a result of three new BlueEFFICIENCY models.

What does a Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2005 – 2012) cost?

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