Mercedes-Benz has confirmed pricing for it’s new A-class hatchback, the German carmaker’s rival to the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 .
The new car goes on sale in December this year priced from £18,945 – sitting between it’s closest competition, with the BMW 1 Series, which starts at £17,300 and the 2012 Audi A3, priced from £19,205. The entry-level vehicle is £280 less than a similar specification Audi A3 and £615 cheaper than the equivalent BMW 1 Series.
Three trim levels for Merc A-class
Mercedes’ new A-class will be available in three trim levels – SE, Sport and AMG Sport – offering a similar range structure to its Audi and BMW competitors.
Entry-level SE trim will cost £18,945 and will come with a good level of standard equipment, including Bluetooth, a 5.8-inch colour infotainment display and climate control. Upgrading to Sport spec costs £2,295 and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and rain sensitive wipers.
The range-topping AMG Sport trim costs £23,445 and features sports suspension and seats, radar-guided cruise control and 18-inch alloys fitted as standard. All A-class examples are fitted with Mercedes’ Collision Prevention Assist and Attention Assist systems as standard.
Two petrol, two turbodiesel engines
The new car’s engine range will comprise two petrol and two turbodiesel units.
The 120bhp 1.6-litre petrol – badged A180 BlueEfficiency – marks the entry point into the range, while the 208bhp A250 petrol represents the range-topping model. Performance of the latter is strong, with 0-62mph taking 6.6 seconds.
Two diesel engines will be available – a 108bhp 1.5-litre turbodiesel and a 1.8 134bhp CDI unit. The smaller engine will be the most efficient, returning a claimed 74.3mpg combined with 98g/km CO2 emissions, meaning zero car tax (VED).