A250 SPORT AWD
A recent facelift brought minor styling tweaks, upgraded tech and suspension, more power and all-wheel drive. Ample luxury with leather sports seats and sports wheel. AMG gear includes 18-inch alloys and five-mode ride control that has settings from Comfort to Race. There is more driver engagement and sporty dynamics. Capped servicing costs $1980 over three years. Sleek and angry-looking, with long snout, striking and effective LED headlights, diamond grille and sharp highlight lines running rearward. Small rear screen means less than ideal vision. Front pews are snug but it’s tight in the rear. The dash looks classy and is feature-rich. Functional items include Apple CarPlay. Peppy 2.0-litre turbo (160kW/350Nm) produces peak torque from a low 1200rpm and imparts a seriously sporty feel. Shared transmission puts power to the wheels with rapid-fire paddle-shift changes or it can be a smooth as silk in Comfort mode. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 6.3 seconds with a claimed 6.7L/100km (not achieved). Five stars with nine airbags and a raft of driver assist technology like attention assist, radar cruise, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, active bonnet. Pre-safe collision preparation gives some peace of mind. The responsive dynamics aid collision avoidance before the fact — better than relying on survival tech. It’s a worthy, more affordable alternative to the A45 AMG hyper hatch. A far more rewarding drive all-round — brakes, steering, AWD, stirring exhaust — than the Q30. Acceleration on the move is rapid and it cruises around town like an everyday hatch. Take it to the track and put it in Race mode. Tyre inflation kit is a pain.