Mercedes-Benz A-class Limousine review, road test

    Published on Jun 02, 2021 08:00:00 AM

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    A posh new compact luxury sedan that promises to be more practical than the popular CLA sedan it replaces.

    Offered in just one fully-loaded variant for the petrol and diesel, the A-Class Limousine features auto-LED headlamps, 17-inch alloys, sunroof, cruise control, rear-view camera, dual-zone climate control, wireless charging, rear AC vents and more. It gets a crisp and clear 10.25-inch full-digital instrument cluster with multiple display options, a 10.25-inch screen for the infotainment, which is very easy to use and is touch operable, has dedicated shortcut controls on the centre console, and many functions can be operated via advanced voice commands. It includes wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus Mercedes’ e-SIM-based connectivity features via the ME connect app.

    Twin 10.25-inch screens seamlessly integrated into a single binnacle look great.

    There’s ambient lighting on offer, too, but what’s really nice is that these can be configured to suit the preference of the users. A small but significant feature is the seat kinetics function for the front seats, which makes minor adjustments to the seats at regular intervals, to prevent fatigue during long drives. Uniquely, both front seats are not only electrically adjustable, but also get a memory function. Amongst the safety features is the active brake assist, which first emits a warning, then applies the brakes automatically in case it detects an impending collision, at speeds of up to 55kph. At speeds beyond that, the system only warns the driver, but doesn’t apply the brakes automatically.

    Alters seat position periodically to reduce fatigue over long drives.

    In addition to the above, the AMG version features 18-inch alloys, launch control, a 590W Burmester sound system, sporty screen options for the instrument cluster, and adaptive dampers as the key additions.

    Crisp, highly customisable cluster; AMG’s has even more display options.

     

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