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by George Skentzos

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the new-generation of its entry-level A-Class range into Australia which features a completely revised design, improved safety, comfort and economy.

 

The revised 2008 range also includes the A 180 CDI model – marking the first time the A-Class has been offered locally with a turbo-diesel engine.

The new model is defined by its redesigned headlamps, grille and front bumper which incorporates a much larger lower air intake.

 2008 Mercedes-Benz A-Class range

The interior boasts high-grade upholstery fabrics and door linings with the Elegance line featuring leather seats while the Avantgarde models are upholstered in a combination of ARTICO man-made leather and fabric, which is available in three colours.

These two models lines can also be differentiated through the use on smoke-grey brushed aluminium accents in the Elegance range while the Avantgarde uses wood trim.

 2008 Mercedes-Benz A-Class range

The new A 180 CDI is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 80kW of power and 250Nm, paired with the standard-fitment six-speed manual transmission.

Completing the 0-100km/h sprint in an acceptable 10.8 seconds, is consumes just 5.2-litres of diesel per 100kms.

 2008 Mercedes-Benz A-Class range

Standard equipment across all models includes THERMATIC climate control, multi-function steering wheel and display, AUDIO 20 sound system, and a split-fold rear bench seat along with ESP, ABS, Brake Assist, Acceleration Skid Control (ASR), eight full-size airbags and a full-sized spare wheel.

The A-Class also features the same new technologies introduced into its sibling B-Class range with the flashing emergency brake lights and active parking assist system.

 2008 Mercedes-Benz A-Class range

Like all 2009 model Mercedes models, the A-Class features the latest generation infotainment system with a choice of two head units: Audio 20, and the optional COMAND APS.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class range

Model Engine Power Torque Transmission Fuel Cons. Price
Coupé            
A 170 1.7l, 4-cyl, petrol 85kW 155Nm 5-speed MAN 6.9l/100km $35,500
A 200 2.0l, 4-cyl, petrol 100kW 185Nm CVT 7.4l/100km $45,900
A 200 Turbo 2.0l, 4-cyl, petrol, turbo 142kW 280Nm CVT 8.1l/100km $49,500
Saloon            
A 170 1.7l, 4-cyl, petrol 85kW 155Nm 5-speed MAN 6.9l/100km $37,900
A 180 CDI 2.0-l, 4-cyl, diesel, turbo 80kW 250Nm 6-speed MAN 5.2l/100km $39,900
A 200 2.0l, 4-cyl, petrol 100kW 185Nm CVT 7.4l/100km $47,900



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