The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been around for nearly two decades now from its first introduction to the global automotive market in the late ’90s. Shortly after its 2018 model release, Auto Nation Group introduced the 2019 A-Class to the Philippine market. Following the success of the A-Class in the local market, Mercedes-Benz Philippines introduced a new model of the said nameplate in September 2019.
Since its initial launch, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class’ design drastically evolved from looking like a compact hatchback to the sleek and modern luxury hatchback it is today. The A-Class generation embodies the brand’s signature aesthetic with added functionality. On each side of the vehicle are horizontal lines that run from the front to the rear, adding to the sporty vibe of the façade. Each line on its surface has been aerodynamically optimized to reduce fuel consumption and driving noise. The front fascia is decked with a hexagonal design matched with more round edges that add to the strong character of the vehicle.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class comes with angular LED headlamps, daytime running lamps, and elongated LED taillights. It rides on 17-inch alloys made of vanadium silver.
The German brand is known for its impressive attention to detail which can be seen and felt inside the A-Class through its large cabin, which is a vast leap from its previous generation model. All seats of the new A-Class are upholstered in premium leather materials which are electrically adjustable. The dashboard sports a minimalist design and layout accentuated with three turbine-like AC vents. Its three-spoke steering wheel completes the timeless yet modern look of the interior.
Technology & Safety Features
On the dashboard of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is an LCD screen for the infotainment system that comes with the latest MBUX system and Hey Mercedes. It is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with audio controls on the steering wheel. The built-in system is navigation ready which can also be connected to via USB port and Bluetooth.
Likewise, safety features are top-notch as it includes the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive. It is an innovative system that warns the driver or intervenes itself when it detects an emergency. On top of this are rear parking sensors, push start button, keyless entry, ABS with EBD and brake assist, active lane keep assist, blind-spot assist, electric parking brakes, electronic stability, skid control, speed limit assist, traffic sign assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Platform & Chassis
The 5-door hatchback is equipped with independent MacPherson strut suspension in front and a torsion beam at the rear. Stopping power comes from disc brakes in both front and rear. Additionally, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is equipped with four drive modes that can easily be switched with just one click- comfort, sport, eco, and individual.
Engine & Drivetrain
All three variants of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class are powered by a 1.3L 4-cylinder gasoline engine. The maximum output varies among the variants with the base 180 Progressive variant producing 136 hp and 200 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, both the 200 Progressive and 200 Edition variants power out 163 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The engine sends power to the front wheels through a 7G-DCT 7-Speed Dual Clutch transmission.