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Car reviews - Mercedes-Benz - A-class - A190 5-dr hatch

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16 May 2001

Standard safety equipment includes dual and front side airbags, anti-lock brakes, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and traction control

It rides on 16-inch alloy wheels shod with 195/50 R16 tyres

The A190's ladder-frame chassis gives it its extremely strong structure while the high floor of the car is a double layer "sandwich" construction

The transverse-mounted engine is tilted forward 59 degrees to maximise space efficiency and create a low centre of gravity

The sandwich chassis - together with the inclined engine - improves safety by enabling the engine and transmission to slide rearwards under the floor in a severe frontal impact

The sandwich floor saves extra space for passengers by ingeniously locating them above the floor, with powertrain components below

70 per cent of the A190's total length is made available to its occupants

The 1.9-litre engine uses aluminium and plastic components to save weight

It uses a semi-automatic gearbox in which an electric motor operates the clutch when the driver lifts off the throttle and moves the gear lever

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The rear seats in the A190 split and, together with the front passenger seat, can be removed with ease

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