Car reviews - Mercedes-Benz - A-class - hatch range
Mercedes-Benz launches a bigger, better second-generation A-class hatch
6 May 2005
THE Mercedes A-Class has evolved into a bigger, better-looking compact hatchback with better ride and handling, more interior space and a wider range of engines ranging from 1.5 to 2.0 litres. The mini Benz also now comes in three and five-door versions, the former coming in at less than $30,000, which should be a big selling point for Mercedes. The dynamics are definitely improved, although the base version struggles with just 70kW and the upright body still makes it sensitive to crosswinds. Transmissions are better though, with conventional five and six-speed (in the forthcoming turbo version) and a smooth CVT available with all engine variants.
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Mercedes-Benz A-classReleased: October 1998
Ended: April 2005
Family Tree: A-class
The original (W168) A-class went on sale in Australia in October 1998 in five-door A160 guise, while the A190 was added in September 1999 and the A140 arrived here in February 2000. Appearing here from July 2001 in facelifted form, A-class also comprised long-wheelbase versions of the A160 and A190 from September 2001.
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