I am really surprised that everyone thinks this looks so good. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a good looking car, but there are so many curves and creases and lines all over the place and a lot of them don’t really fit with each other and especially on a small car I think it’s going to look dated really quickly. But it is capable and seems to be good quality, so it would probably be a good ownership prospect. I just, personally, don’t quite get the hype.
The fourth picture from the top – arghhh.. It’s not classy at all. But I feel the new MB designs are going downhill c.f. the conservative of old. Plus no manual transmissions for supposedly a driver’s/sports car. The only good aspect about this car is the 3 pointed star on the key-ring.
The CLA looks quite interesting from what I’ve seen of it, but the styling of this hatch is utterly rancid!
The base/lower-spec models look alright without the OTT body kits.
because it has a MB badge…if it had a KIA badge the 43 comments would be very different.
I agree Daniel. I think the BMW 1 series hatch looks way better than this ugly thing. What were they thinking with front wheel drive too? I dunno, looks too much like a B Class for me, nothing new at all.
The styling has really, really grown on me, but the red details and grille ruin it.
+1. Red detailing and “diamond” grille REALLY destroys this car.
‘more enjoyable to drive than the 1-series’
MB is getting down to some serious business, and it shows how important the hot hatch segment is these days
Who says a 1-series is interesting? I’ve driven previous and current variants, find it a nothing car, an excuse to have the ‘BeMyWife’ badge for a price that’ll rob your account for purchase, depreciation and service costs. There are better choices. But, saying that, I’m basing it on how us Aussies feel for the price we pay, versus Europe where it’s really the Corolla of hatches for the price, where the comp all makes more sense.
Wasn’t a big fan on look before until I saw one in person (on a truck) few days ago. It look much better in person. Hummm… this or the next Golf R…?
What’s wrong with the current Golf R?
Maybe this is a minor issue but what are the running costs of these cars. They perform well but what if something goes wrong .Can you get an extended full exhaust to grille warranty.
I would love to own a C250 CDI with the fantastic 2.2 litre twin turbo diesel but my wife is concerned about the lack of available information regarding running and repair costs.
Looks handing and comfort are not the only consideration when purchasing a vehicle
Hi..we have been driving the c-class in our family since it first came out here in ’94 (I think!)..never had any issues with any of our cars. Our latest one is the new C250 CDI..love it! Have had it for about 8 months now..already driven 14,000 km, drives beautifully. Drove it from Geelong to Port Augusta on one tank of diesel just last week.
C250 CDI is a standard fare MB car so it follows the standard A/B routine. If you’re really worried, try to get the corporate pack to get 3 years scheduled servicing built into the price.
EDIT: For clarification, I own a MY11 C250 CDI (and bought it before it won COTY after driving it and finding it remarkable in this segment)
MB won’t admit it, but its a shameless copy of the VW GTI, down to the red stitching on the steering. Also, I can’t understand why they couldn’t fully integrate the Nav screen into the dashboard, looks like an aftermarket add-on. I’m going to wait for the CLA 250, at least it comes across as more original (and has the same technical foundations as this one, which is a good thing).
I must be one of the sole few that likes the styling of the vehicle – especially compared with the 125i. Standard features such as pleather and panoramic roof make the price even more appealing too - a Golf GTI with roof, leather, DSG, 5 doors and bi-xenons isn’t cheaper.
Good on MB for making such a compelling arguement – they deserve to sell loads of these.
Absolutely agree. Styling looks modern, crisp and a different take on what MB has done previously, and I’m willing to embrace that.
There are some Golf GTI’s which come close to the A250′s price when fully optioned up; hot hatch buyers rejoice.
Great review. Great car by the looks of it too. For the record, if you were going to buy one of these to keep for ages, the fake leather seats are the best option (IMHO). Real leather is nice but doesn’t age very well and damages easily. Mercedes fake leather (MB-Tex) on the other hand will still look like new after 30 years of use if it is looked after.
It’s definitely better looking than the current 1 series. But the Sirocco R is still at the top in the looks department.
Better looking? I beg to differ!
Does it have different comfort modes – comfort, sport, normal, etc?
Other reviews have criticised the overly firm ride……
Seen a new A class in the sheet metal at Dubai Airport. It’s longer than I was expecting. Looks like a great package and I’m very surprised Mercedes has gone down a Lexus-ish route of including so many standard features (illuminated door sills, panorama sunroof, DSG, pleather, Bi-xenons, and I believe even sat nav!). Fantastic!
I am really suprised by the standard kit on this. Amazing stuff really.
We were pretty much sold on the 1 series, but this is going to change things. I had heard the ride was terrible and the 7 speed box was awful in the UK reviews, but this review seems to think it’s brilliant.
Anyone know when it’s released?
If you were sold on the 1 series why didn’t you buy it? Sounds like deep down you think it’s a waste of money.
Not really. The 1 series 125i still creams this for performance (0-100 in 6.2 and rear wheel drive) but has far less features so I think it levels out somewhat.
I was very impressed by the new A-Class at the Sydney Motorshow last year; the cabin is very high quality and even the base A180 didn’t feel particularly lacking in equipment.
i agree, this looks fantastic, sls inspired interior for $50,000, great handling and a MB badge, what more do people want? this is what the a class should have been, another car that has around the 150 kw mark but is a whole 1.5 seconds quicker than the proceed
Boring… Bring the AMG with more resolved styling/body kit. This looks like a few glued on details, eg the red plastic and interior stitching. Cheap in my opinion. Bit like a Golf GTi. I would expect MG to differentiate…
Not a fan of the “St.Andrew’s Cross spider” style vents inside
Which car’s vents do you like?
I like it except for the bonnet. Why isn’t the bonnet full length? I don’t like the extra gap between panels where the bonnet meets the front bumper. Same can be said for the new CLA.
I love the styling of this car, i’ve found out that on-road the A250 is going to be $57k brand new though. Hardly worth it for something that is supposed to be a GTI competitor, even if it does come with some extra kit.
try pricing a GTI up with the same options (xenons, roof, DSG, etc)…. it’s lineball in pricing.
I sat in this car at one of MB dealers while waiting for my Merc getting serviced. Its just brilliant. Definitely getting the diesel.
Which Mercedes model are you going to trade in?
Love every MB review!
I’ve driven the C250 petrol. Massive turbo lag. It’s a girl’s car and so is this.
I’ve driven a c250 and it’s a luxury rocket. Dont mistake it for a wrx or 200sx
I’ve driven it too and it was great.
Maybe you were driven another car, maybe Hyundai ?
Check the badges next time and write it down so you don’t forget.
Haha. He probably can only afford nissans and subarus.
love the side profile and overall quality feel, should sell very well the a class
I’m very keen on this for the missus, but the reviews dont say what the rear seating is like. Does anyone know whether it is a 4 or 5 seater, and what the rear legroom is like?
GTI wannabee ffs why don’t Mercedes have their own character?
I think it’s a good thing.
I’ve just placed an order for a merc a250 for 54k, however i won’t get it till AUG.
They also told me the A45 will available around Oct, with a price tag starting from 60k
60k? That’s a bargain. If a standard A45 AMG comes with similar level of equippments as a standard A250 sport has, M135i, 1M and RS3 will be stormed without mercy!
Whats interesting is that this review says this is a great car. Funny, After looking through a MB dealer recently they said this car was coming. So we researched and looked all over the net for reviews and words to read. Amazingly, we found lots. We reviewed and watched over 27 opinion pieces on this car – only 1 said this car was worth buying, and it was the 250 we looked to review. So, who has it right, Car Advice + 1, or 26 others.
You’re right in your observations.I think Australian journalists tend to become a little over excited when they review something from Mercedes.Overseas reviews were not entirely happy with the 250.Some commented about the the gear shifts being sluggish.The hatch space was relatively small compared to it’s rivals and the ride was so-so.
I’m not saying it’s not a good car,all the reviews I did read liked the interior and the dash.
But I feel that the A250 sport will be,in the performance stakes at least,shown wanting.A ST Focus will most likely have better performance and the A250 will definately not beat a Megane RS 265.
the A250 and A250 sport are not the same car, Australian market held out for the A250 sport and are not getting the A250, you cant confuse the reviews of the A250 and A250 sport.
the A250 sport has been tweaked by AMG; faster gear changes and ECU changes , lower harder ride, exhaust tweaked as well, front camber has also been changed.
Its a lot more focused than a standard A250
great car, already ordered an A180 for my wife!. German build quality is stunning for the price. A45 will be a rocket 0-100 in 4.5 seconds…
dont worry about the overseas reviews, the Australian cars have a MUCH higher standard equipment list and are even tuned differently to our roads. Any Golf is absolute rubbish compared to this.
In oversea market, there are A250 BE, A250 AMG Sport and A250 Sport engineered by AMG. They are 3 different cars thus don’t mix some reviews with others. Especially on A250 Sport engineered by AMG which this review addressed, has totally different settings on engine response, transmission, suspension even exhaust note. Get in a Merc dealer and try getting 1 for test drive. You will be definitely amazed everything the A250 Sport brings you.
I took it for a test drive last week from MB dealer at Mascot. It has a beautiful interior although the salesman wasn’t sure what was the standard and what is an optional equipment on this demonstrator vehicle.
It is a little bit slow for my taste. I have expected a much more performance from 155 KW and 350 Nm of torque. My Golf GTi feels much faster from the standstill. I am not sure is this due to A250 being too heavy, 1445 kg or is it due to transmission. even BMW 118i with only 125 KW feels faster than A250.
Feel can be deceptive I think, Gorry – especially in a car that has a luxury feel. 0-100 time is the same as a GTi. Reports are that it outdoes the GTi in every respect around Nurburgring, so it’s no slough. but it’s not an out and out sports car. For that you’ll need to go for the (much more expensive) A45 in September.
I pulled the trigger on one this week.
Concur with Mokkybear, I’ve also bought the A250 fully optioned up & its the best sports car I’ve ever driven & best looking car by a mile!! It turns heads everywhere I go. Love all the technology – blind spot detection, lane guidance, auto parallel parking, adaptive cruise absolutely amazing – forget Golf GTI’s or GTD’s they’re not in the same league – MB you’ve won me over!!
I agree with you stacog, have ordered the A250 Sport with all options. This is a dream car and although it is replacing my wife’s Audi A3, I hope to drive it from time to time. I have an E350, nearly 6 years old, and the goodies on the A250 are not on my E350 even though it cost over double the price 6 years ago. To all the knockers out there, it would not matter what this car had going for it, you would still be complaining and critical of it – I think it’s an anti Mercedes thing. If you like the Golf R or GTI or BMW 1 so much – just go and get yourself one and leave us MB aficionados to appreciate this great new hatch.
Not everyone agrees on what is cool or in good taste, however, the popularity of the grill in the concept model was enough to prompt Mercedes to include it in their premium model. So whilst the reviewer thinks it is Kitsch, many people had already decided it was not. It was the single factor that got my attention when I first saw some spy pics of the concept model and have followed its path to release ever since.