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by Jez Spinks

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class will start from $35,600 when it arrives in March 2013.

The German luxury car maker has confirmed pricing for the new hatchback range, which will make its local debut at this month’s 2012 Sydney motor show.

Four variants will feature in the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class line-up initially, with the entry-level Mercedes-Benz A180 joined by the A200 BE, A200 CDI BE and A250 Sport.

Mercedes-Benz says it could have put the new A-Class into showrooms with an even lower price tag but was adamant the car would be well equipped throughout the range.

Every A-Class comes standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle-shift levers, engine stop-start, nine airbags, electronic park brake, reverse-view camera, parking guidance, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, and safety aids such as the radar-based Collision Prevention Assist, Pre-Safe that adjusts seatbelts/seats and closes windows and sunroofs if an imminent crash is detected, and Attention Assist that can detect driver drowsiness.

The Mercedes-Benz A180 BE sits on 17-inch alloy wheels and comes with a sports-focused interior featuring fabric and artificial leather seats, with a ‘Matrix’ trim.

It’s powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with direct fuel injection that produces 90kW of power and 200Nm of torque. Fuel efficiency is officially rated at 5.8L/100km with CO2 emissions of 135g/km.

The Mercedes-Benz A200 BE and A200 CDI are essentially twins separated by their petrol and diesel engines. Both cost $40,900 before on-road costs are added.

Each A200 adds 18-inch alloy wheels, electrically folding mirrors, dual outer exhaust pipes, leather steering wheel, auto dimming mirrors, four-way lumbar seat support, and ‘Diamond’ trim.

The A200 petrol uses a more powerful version of the A180’s engine, with outputs of 115kW and 250Nm. It is slightly less economical at 6.1L/100km (141g/km).

The A200 diesel employs a 1.8-litre four-cylinder with 100kW and 300Nm, and is the most frugal of the A-Class engines at 4.6L/100km (121g/km).

The Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport sits at the top of the range until the arrival of the A45 AMG hot-hatch in late 2013. The A45 will be all-wheel drive compared with the other front-wheel-drive A-Class models.

Mercedes say the A250 Sport is effectively its rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, though it’s much more expensive at $49,900.

It has the same power as the GTI, with 155kW produced by the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder. Torque peaks at 350Nm. Fuel consumption is 6.6L/100km with emissions of 152g/km.

The A250 had significant engineering involvement from Mercedes’ performance division AMG, including suspension tuning.

There are also AMG features such as the 18-inch alloy wheels, bodykit, and steering wheel.

Other highlights include bi-xenon headlights, panoramic roof, privacy glass, artificial leather sports seats, carbonfibre trim, sports pedals and red seatbelts.

Seven optional packages are also available for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, depending on variant and ranging from $490 to $2990.

Satellite navigation is not standard on any A-Class, making it the one surprise omission.

Instead there’s an integrated Becker satellite navigation system that can be ordered for $1190.

Related news: New A-Class about new and younger buyers not volume, says Mercedes

  • Golfmother

    Change over time is going to be a big decision , this car looks very nice indeed , so many hot hatches to mull over .

  • Pauly

    $10,000 more then the GTI for the A250 Sport is annoying. But it does come with more standard kit which you would pay extra for on the GTI.

    – Xenons ($2000 option on VW)- Panoramic Roof (Not even an option on VW, but sunroof is $1900)
    – Leather Seats ($3000 option on VW)
    – 18″ Alloys ($1500 upgrade from 17″ on GTI)
    – DSG Gearbox ($2500 upgrade on GTI)
    – Reversing Camera ($500 option on GTI)
    – Parking Sensors front and rear ($1000)

    So once you compare it apples for apples, the Merc is actually cheaper then the VW!

    • Zaccy16

      Exactly! i would buy the merc anyday over a mk6 but i think the mk7 will have more of those features as standard and will cost less but have more power

    • KC

      Agree with the above except maybe for the leather seats. You get fake leather on the MB but get real leather if u pay $3k to VW. Personally I probably won’t be able to tell the difference and it’s certainly not a deal breaker for me but I wonder how much MB charge for real leather in the A250.

      • Asdf

        The leather in the GTI is still artificial. Mercedes Benz ARTICO wears much better than the VW or BMW stuff.

        • Golfschwein

          You can’t sell list leather as an option if it’s fake. That’s false advertising. It may be part leather, as many makers do. A recent special edition of the Beetle had look-alike leather vinyl that was very clearly stated not to be leather.

          • Zaccy16

            yeah very right Golfschwein, VW call it ‘Leatherette’ in the new Up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737660467 Kit Ho

    This will destroy the GTI let alone 125i, pricing is very sharp. Well played MB.

    • andrew b

      Destroy the GTi? Doubtful. The GTi is a much more complete car – low end Benzes have poor build quality and use cheap materials. Also VW know how to set-up a great FWD chassis – Benz is still learning. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737660467 Kit Ho

        Got to disagree on the build and materials, they’re great on the B

      • Devil666

        These low end Benz’s you refer to have had a complete overhaul bout 7 years ago. The second generation of A class had materials to shame a Passat and the build quality went through the roof. Sounds like you are speaking from memory over experience – anything 06+ is really a cut above..

    • Sam

       We will see how sharp once they are in the showroom.  Add dealer delivery and insurance and rego and you will be hard pressed to get change from $45k for an absolute bottom of the range.  And lets be honest, a new Mercedes model is never one to jump on instantly.  The upgrade will sh*t all over it in 2 or 3 years time.  Give them a chance to get the car right.

  • Nerdbustermd

    This is very sharp pricing. Merc will do well. This is much better looking than the 1-Series and Mercedes version VW? No contest. 

    • Nerdbustermd

      Sorry, that’s meant to say, Mercedes versus VW

      • Martin

        The little MB is better looking than my 1 series. 

    • Force-15

      Hey, BMW, THIS is how you style the exterior (and interior) of a small luxury car!

  • PotentialBuyer

    How’s the MB dual clutch compared to VW?

    • Pauly

      Apparently they are good gearbox’s, but watching the reviews of the A250 Sport on youtube from overseas, everyone has said it doesnt change gears quite as fast as you have come to expect from other dual clutch auto’s.

      • http://5reasonreviews.com/ Stephen Alfris

        Second that – it has got a good wrap so far

  • Pauly

    Maybe this car will make VW Australia finally understand that they are NOT a premium brand, and thus lower the price of the MK7 Golf.

    • Philthy

      The golf starts at  $21,990, versus $35,600 start price for this, but don’t let the facts get in the way of good story.

      • Noel

        You can’t compare a base Golf to a base A-class.  Yes, you’re right, don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

        • Philthy

          I did not compare VW to MB, nor did i say that VW was a premium brand. Pauly did.

          Back in your box.

      • Noel

        Actually, just a further quick point, drive away price for the base Golf auto 77TSI is $2,000 more than the base Corolla Ascent auto, just FYI

  • Daniel

    I like it, but the design is too busy. So many curves and lines that don’t really flow into each other. It works on some of Mercedes’ larger cars but I think this will date quickly. The A250 sounds really good though. I’m sure it will sell well. 

    • Noel

      I think you’re right, VW will be the big losers out of this, they will need to realign  their pricing   

      • Philthy

        And again, base Golf is the price of a Corolla.

        • Noel

          I think if someone is looking at a base Golf they won’t consider this car however, if they are looking at a Comfortline with a couple of extras then the MB will be on their shopping list.

        • Matt

          The base golf that has paddle-shift levers, engine stop-start, nine airbags, electronic park brake, reverse-view camera, parking guidance, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth connectivity, and safety aids such as the radar-based Collision Prevention Assist, Pre-Safe that adjusts seatbelts/seats and closes windows and sunroofs if an imminent crash is detected, and Attention Assist that can detect driver drowsiness?

          That’s what I thought.

          • Blair Waldorf

            The base Golf? LOL please the base Golf specs havent even been released for Australia yet, and those arent the base specs for overseas models either. You’re also suggesting the base Golf will be an Auto? dont think so.

          • Matt

            Are threaded comments so hard to understand? 

            Philthy thinks this is a rip off because the Golf is cheaper. Of course, golf has next to nothing of these specs, hence it’s lower price.

          • Philthy

            Hi Matt, please don’t put words in my internet keyboard warrior mouth. I don’t think the base MB is a rip off. However I don’t see why “VW needs to realign their pricing” because of this car as the posters above keep whining.

          • Matt

            The highest non-gti Golf is very close in pricing to the MB. Only crazies (which I’ll admit, are a few) would grab the golf. The MB has a bunch more features, not even counting the fact it’s a MB and not a VW (wow, defending MB for being value for money, there’s something I thought I’d never do)

          • Noel

            The reason @bce84a85d8feb4c1aac617cd70b8ce92:disqus that VW will have to realign their pricing is because they currently ask premium amounts for their options, this pushes the Golf well into the MB territory, hence a realignment of pricing or in increase in specification.

          • Roy_110500

            All those features you just quoted are for the A-Class; pre-safe is not available on VW as it’s MB techology… :)

          • Roy

            oops.. just re-read your comment – sorry dude! :)

          • Matt

            Yep, that’s why the base golf is cheaper!

    • Norm

      I’m inclined to agree. I’m not a big fan of “sharp ‘n creasy” which appears to be all the rage at the moment. 

      I know some are seeing this as a very good looking car but i’m not sure comparison with a 1 series makes that so?

      I’ll reserve judgement until i see it in the flesh.

  • MisterZed

    So much for super sharp sub-$35k pricing, which a lot of people were expecting. FYI, the previous model A-Class sold in Australia was the cheapest ever, with the base model selling for $29,990.  This is a big step up in price, and $35,600 is what a C300 costs overseas.

    • Pauly

      The price increase is due to far more standard equipment being fitted.

      • MisterZed

        Doesn’t explain why an E-Class today costs the same as it did 20 years ago, despite having more standard equipment.

        • Jas

           Pricing is good, considering the old A class which started at $29990 was
          a 3 door, and if you got a base 5 door IT DIDNT HAVE REAR ELECTRIC

          • Karl Sass

            It probably costs them less than $40 to fit them on the production line.

          • MisterZed

            Yes, but in the model before that, the A140 5-door sold for as little as $30,900. Anyway, I stand corrected – the cheapest 5-door in the previous A-Class was $39,500 for the A170 automatic with 7-speed CVT. So this new model is less expensive than the 2nd gen A, but more expensive than the 1st gen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737660467 Kit Ho

      Except that this A class and the previous A class are completely different cars, despite sharing a name. And that everything here is more expensive than overseas.

    • Zaccy16

      the old a class had barely any features while the new one is fully loaded, also the new one doesn’t look like a van and won’t fall over in turns

  • Andrew Gesus

    AWD AMG pricing please? 

    • Zaccy16

      around the m135i price so probably $65, 70 thousand

  • Xristo303

    There a articles floating around that the AMG A45 will be around $80k. Add delivery delivery, stamp duty and other crap fee’s we pay etc it’s going to tip well into $90k+.

    a250 sport looks great but I find the front grill very wanky and blingy.

    • King.Kongy

      why would the A250 be 90k when a C250 coupe is only 70k? 

      • Zaccy16

        not a250, the AMG version he means

  • gasman

    There should be the option of a manual transmission, particular on the A250. Otherwise, it seems like a good all rounder.

    • Zaccy16

      i would like a manual version too but mercedes know that our aussie market sells alot more autos unfortunately 

  • Unidexter Hopping

    I don’t like the side crease lines, not my cup of tea styling wise, however, I can see this car doing big business for MB in Oz. Looks like VW and BMW may need to re-think pricing.

  • Phil

    Is the second photo a bad photoshop job or are the tyres flat?

  • twincharger

    Wow a budget priced Merc hatch.That looks like an expensive Merc,well done Mercedes.

  • Poison_Eagle

    I love the interior that looks like it was lifted straight from an SLS. Does anyone else think, that a 6 cylinder small car like this would be nice though? Turbo fours just lack the character, I’m surprised only BMW fill that niche. 

    • Devil666

      6 cylinder small car is prohibitive due to the length of the engine. Plus, these days a turbo 4 is more powerful, lighter, uses less fuel and has more torque than a naturally aspirated 6. Just wait till AMG release their version – it will be a ridiculously hot engine

  • Yetiman

    What about the service cost? I hope it wouldn’t be over the top.

    • Chevrons

      Very nice car but yes, I’d be checking this too before signing anything.

  • Venu

    Please (X100) MB, have the 250 with an manual transmission. 

  • Mike

    I reckon the BMW 125i will be seeing a price drop soon!

    • http://5reasonreviews.com/ Stephen Alfris

      Haha – Merc would hate that – this car is clearly priced to compete with the 1 series

    • Petexxy

       and other cars in the mid 35k bracket, eg. focus titanium…always wondered how it would sell at that level

  • Kieran

    The A250 sounded OK until I got to “panoramic glass sunroof”.
    Should be great in the next hailstorm and those 45 degree summer days.
    How to totally screw up an otherwise good car.

    • KC

      You have a point but I am actually surprised that they have made this standard equipment on the A250. Thought this would be an option on ALL A-Classes.

    • MisterZed

      Panoramic roofs are made of pretty tough glass designed to withstand a rollover and support the weight of the car.  The glass is also much thicker than the steel used in car panels, which dent very easily.  In a minor to moderate hailstorm, you might get dents on your normal roof, but a pano roof might be unscathed.

    • Mark

      i assume a pano roof add a lot of weight to the car, and increases the height of the centre of gravity as well 

  • Wongdennis


    I have just preliminary ordered the a250 with an opt out clause, been waiting a long long time….

  • Luke Brinsmead

    This is not a Golf nor a Golf GTI rival, it’s priced to compete with the A3/S3 and the 1 Series’.

    • Pauly

      If you check out what I wrote at the top of the comments section, you will see that the A250 Sport if you compare it apples for apples is actually cheaper then a GTI (with the same level of options fitted).

      This will give the MK7 GTI a run for its money, especially if VW Australia make everything on the car an optional extra.

      Dont also forget that Ford have prices the Focus ST from around 38K and that comes with HEAPS of standard kit that you need to pay extra for too.

      What VW do with the GTI pricing will be very interesting.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737660467 Kit Ho

        I’d expect VW would have the GTI at least $7k cheaper, feature-for-feature. Stuff like bi-xenon, satnav and reverse camera should be standard on the Mk7. That, along with capped price servicing, is the minimum requirement to make the GTI a more attractive prospect.

        To really lure customers away from the A250/125i they should go with  ~$40k driveaway for an auto GTI.

        • Pauly

          Then VW Australia will need to have a completely change their approach with all their cars.

          VW have always set the base price for their cars and then left all the options out which you need to pay extra for. This applys to all their cars.Im extremely happy that Mercedes Australia have done this, because it will really make VW reconsider sticking to their $40,000 starting price with absolutely no options.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737660467 Kit Ho

      At $50k the A250 is definitely a GTI rival. Add sunroof and bi-xenon (standard on the A250) to the GTI and the difference is only $3k.

      S3 is a $70k car, more comparable to M135i and the upcoming A45 AMG.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737660467 Kit Ho

        Oh I forgot the 18″ alloys and reverse camera, difference down to $1300.

        • Pauly

          You also forgot Sunroof and Leather, difference now swings in favor of the A250 by about $2000

  • gt86.com.au

    This looks much nicer than a VW GTI and also has much better luxury pedigree and resale value.
    Its a no brainer. I also dare say it would be much more reliable than a vw product, being a luxury make. This would be at audi quality levels.

  • Jerry

    Overall I loke the look, but there is a distinct taste of Hyundai/Kia about it. Personally I’m a fan of the 1 series with the M Sport kit. The long nose and distinctive look stand out from the crowd at least. Amazing how much better it looks in the metal.

  • Golfschwein

    Lose the lower crease, I say. Otherwise, very nice.

  • MM

    Much stronger strategy that the previous Aclass/Bclass duo. They were quite close in concept. There is now some solid differentiation between the two models. The new A has received solid reviews o/seas – will be interesting to see how it rides on our far from ideal road surfaces.

  • Aussie

    I hope Merc will eventually use that 2 litre petrol engine (155 kW 350 Nm) in the C-Class.

    • Pauly

      The A250 Sport is using this engine.

  • Andrew

    I’d like to see this car do well, but I think it’s a big assumption to think the a250 will drive better than the gti.
    Vw have had plenty of time & iterations to fine tune the gti. This is Mercedes 1st crack at it.

  • O123

    Amazing value, try speccing the same models on the UK website. they are much more expensive than over here.

  • Trevor

    oooh a kia rio with a merc front!

  • Andrew

    What are servicing costs like for the A Series? Comparable to VW for the Golf?

  • Bruiser

    Volvo V40 much nicer car.Why does the A-Merc look like a B-class now?

  • into the fray

    furrari shatz all over these vw and mb wannbeez.

  • F1MotoGP

    Engine test benches: Trial by ordeal

    the new engines were allowed onto the roads for practical endurance
    trials, they had already absolved a series of tortures on the engine
    test benches of the test facility in Untertürkheim. 24 of the very
    latest engine test benches are installed on each floor of this imposing
    three-storey building. These 72 test benches are in operation by day and
    night, on 365 days of the year. Overall, all of the petrol and diesel
    engines for the A-Class were subjected to some 256,290 hours on the test
    benches – that corresponds to 57.3 test bench years (based on 4500
    operating hours per year). Tests for both transmissions (six-speed and
    7G-DCT), meanwhile, clocked up some 14,979,237 kilometres.Source: Daimler Global Media Site

  • Bestumesh

    The car should be more of mechanical driving facilities than electronic driving. I prefer manual gear transmission than automatic. But Merz does not provide the same. Bad luck for me


  • Theuns

    Merc is best,going change my 130 hatchback for the Benz. My Dads a machanic specializing in Mercedes
    He always says a “rich man’s-poor car”, coz engine wise they built so well that nothing much breaks so it is affordable to own, even though u aren’t a rich man. Plus they last, they built to last can’t compare it to another car. If u should try compare apples to apples, compare it to a Volvo, not the GTI.

    • Mike

      Right. And then get the Volvo.

  • sexy sam

    Looks is not impressive, 120 bhp engine with 17 KMPL mileage , Remove the merc batch from it and it will become a ugly car.