Luxury brands are coming at more modest prices and in smaller sizes
BENZ’S A200 ticks all the boxes in the prestige small hatch class— by having fewer boxes to tick.
This isn’t a battle about the quickest car— that’s the domain of the hot A250. It is a battle about price and features, to the point where potential top-end Golf owners will cross- shop with the baby Benz. As the newest car on the lot, Mercedes has the edge. It matches the tactile feedback of a BMW1 Series with the build quality and interior refinement of Audi’s A3, then adds threepointed star badge snobbery.
The biggest problem for Mercedes-Benz will be getting enough cars to sell. The range starts at $35,000, however the A200 (starting price $40,900) is predicted to be the volume seller.
It’s fitted with a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine and sevenspeed dual-clutch transmission that get you to 100km/h in 8.3 seconds and comes with Bluetooth streaming, rever camera, self-parking softw cruise control and auto ligh and wipers.
The engine is good with being sensational. It uses 5.8L/100km to put it on a p with the Audi and BMW powerplants and the dualclutch auto rolls through th