A posh new compact luxury sedan that promises to be more practical than the popular CLA sedan it replaces.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine is a big leap ahead of the retired CLA sedan. Though it’s still very much a compact sedan, it looks and feels like a bigger car and drives like one too. The interiors are superbly built and richly appointed. The top-notch quality and level of luxury is what you would expect from a modern Merc. However, the rear seat experience, due to the low-seating, could have been better. Even though the A 200 petrol is smooth, it isn’t very efficient, and tends to feel strained when pushed. For those who enjoy driving, the diesel makes a more compelling case, with its well-rounded character, strong performance and impressive fuel efficiency. The heavier diesel also has the better ride. Handling, too, is rather predictable and inspires confidence while driving fast. Yes, the A-Class’ pricing seems out of sync for a car of this size, but factor in the technology, performance features and the allure of the three-pointed car and it makes a more convincing case for itself.
For someone looking to get a taste of what AMGs are all about, the A 35 AMG strikes a good balance between sportscar levels of performance and everyday usability, without breaking the bank.