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As an introduction, Mercedes-Benz has added a line to their A-Class brand of products in an A-Class sedan. This joins the A-Class hatch, coupé like CLA and the soon-to-arrive, next-gen GLA. All following what Mercedes refers to as “Sensual Purity” in their clean design language.
After spending a week with Mercedes-Benz’ new A-Class sedan I was left with the question - could an A-Class sedan replace the C-Class sedan in-terms of sales popularity?
It’s not a ridiculous notion. Here’s my thinking - the new A-Class has a fresher design aesthetic when compared to the C-Class sedan that now looks less modern by comparison. From a size perspective, the two sedans are only marginally different. Yes, the C-Class is a smidgen roomier and comfortable. And now, the important topic of coin: an A200 vs C200 - you are looking at a R106 000 differential. That’s a fair amount of coin!
Makes you think, right?
Additionally, the A-Class sedan is new while C-Class has a few years under its belt. Being newer, the A-Class sedan features the new-look interior - the floating dash-mounted tachometer and touchscreen infotainment system, which is the class-leading amongst its peers.
There are 5 turbine-inspired air vents, borrowed from the E-Class and the multifunction steering wheel is the same as the latest S-Class.
Technology is the keyword when it comes to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Safety systems straight from the flagship S-Class make their debut into the range. The car's cameras and radar will be able to scan the road 500 metres ahead and is able to recognise pedestrians and cyclists. There is a fair degree of autonomy, too - the A-Class can prevent bumper bashings by applying an automatic brake and it can automatically follow the traffic in front of it.
If you’ve always wanted a personal assistant, you get one as standard with the new A-Class - just holla the phrase “Hey Mercedes”. Users can then adjust the air-conditioning, send a text message or find the quickest route out of the city centre on a Friday afternoon.
The A200 is endowed with a feisty 1.33-L turbocharged motor. Good for 120 kW/250 Nm, this power output means the compact Mercedes will dash to 100 km/h in 8 seconds.
The new A-Class range is gorgeous to look at, has the most advanced interior that is beautifully put together, offers driver adapted and user-centric technology and is a lot of fun to drive. Noise levels from the compact engine are too audible and take away from the car’s upmarket feel. Comfort levels from the Comfort Suspension are spot on. Mercedes-Benz have upped their game – A is for attack!
So, why buy a C-Class?
Sedan - Audi A3/S3, BMW 2 Series grand coupé, Subaru’s WRX/WRX STi
Service and warranty
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class comes standard with a 6-years/100 000km maintenance plan.
A200 R533 906
A200d R570 400
A250 R607 710
AMG A35 4Matic R766 566
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