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with outputs of 120kW and 250Nm. Key claimed performance figures for this derivative are a 0-100km/h sprint in 8.0 seconds and a 225km/h top speed, with fuel consumption quoted at 5.6l per 100km.
The A250 gets moved along by a 2.0l petrol turbo with hothatch outputs of 165kW and 350Nm, for a factory-claimed 0-100 in 6.2 seconds a top whack of 250km/h, and a thirst of 6.5l/100km.
Both cars are front-wheel driven via a seven-speed dualclutch 7G-DCT automatic gearbox operable by steeringmounted gearshift paddles.
Like its predecessors the new A-Class has a McPherson front suspension, with the more powerful A250 Sport equipped with adaptive damping in combination with larger wheels, and sophisticated four-link rear suspension (the A200 has a more traditional torsion beam at the rear).
The adaptive damping enables the driver to choose between a softer or firmer ride at the flick of a switch.
The rear axle is mounted on a subframe isolated from the bodyshell by rubber bushings so that fewer vibrations are transferred from the suspension to the body.
Both derivatives are equipped as standard with Dynamic Select, where the driver can change between Comfort, Sport, Eco or Individual driving modes which affect the responses of the steering, throttle and gearshifts, as well as the adaptive damping where fitted.
Mercedes-Benz says the car ‘uses technology to create an emotional connection between the vehicle and driver’.