Mercedes-Benz A-class prices revealedNew Merc to take on Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series

12 July 2012

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.

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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.

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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).

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