Com­pact Benz fast­for­wards into the fu­ture

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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’.

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