Af­ford­able Merc

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

A rel­a­tively af­ford­able model in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class range, the A180 hatch­back will go on sale in Fe­bru­ary.

It has a rec­om­mended re­tail price (MRLP) of $42,300.

Merc A180 uses the Style Equip­ment Line with its dis­tinc­tive di­a­mond ra­di­a­tor grille com­ple­ment­ing the so-called “preda­tor face” styling.

New A180 has the same MBUX mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem as in all other vari­ants in the new A-Class range.

This in­cludes two 10.25-inch screens and the “Hey Mercedes” in­ter­face that recog­nises and en­acts count­less com­mon com­mands. It also can learn the habits and preferences of the driver and prompt them with help­ful sug­ges­tions.

The cen­tral dis­play screen re­sponds to touch, there is also a touch­pad in the cen­tre con­sole.

The lat­est-gen­er­a­tion Mercedes steer­ing wheel has but­tons that re­spond to smart­phone-style swipes and presses.

Con­ve­nience and com­fort fea­tures in­clude satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio, smart­phone in­te­gra­tion, key­less start, and sports seats in ARTICO up­hol­stery.

Though the name sug­gests a 1.8litre pow­er­plant the A180 is pow­ered by a 1.3-litre four-cylin­der turbo-petrol en­gine with a neat 100kW of power and 200Nm of torque. It drives through to a sev­en­speed dual-clutch au­to­matic. Of­fi­cial com­bined fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure is 5.7 litres per 100km.

Safety fea­tures in­clude ac­tive lane keep as­sist, ac­tive park­ing as­sist, with Park­tronic, blind spot as­sist with exit warn­ing, ac­tive brake as­sist, traf­fic sign as­sist, a re­vers­ing cam­era and LED head­lights.

Though not land­ing here un­til Fe­bru­ary, the Mercedes A180 is now avail­able for or­der from all Aus­tralian Mercedes deal­ers.

The new Mercedes A180 uses the Style Equip­ment Line.

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