Mercedes Benz A Class Review & Test Drive

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Mercedes Benz A Class Overview

Mercedes’ affordably priced A-Class hatchback has been on fore luring luxury enthusiasts to own the star badged hatch. Launching A-Class came across as a smart move from Mercedes Benz India which was earlier confined to bringing highly priced premium cars (saloons, coupes and SUVs). Most importantly, the company’s portfolio lacked a hatchback in a market where hatches are the core of auto cos’ line-up. Agreed that premium brands did not peek into this segment, but with the launch of competitively priced vehicles by German counter parts, Mercedes decided to dive into the ‘rightly priced’ segment which currently offers variety of body-styles

In other words, the first time luxury car buyers segment as we can call it saw Mercedes’s venture with this particular offering. In its itinerary so far, the vehicle has seen a couple of mild upgrades, the latest generation model currently being retailed saw a couple of cosmetic updates making the car look plusher. Nothing changes under the skin, hence the A-Class range continues running on the same hardware as its predecessor. Available in diesel as well as petrol engine choices, the hatch is offered in two variants only.Check for Mercedes Benz A Class price in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Transmission duties are performed by seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, the dynamic select system enables to choose between four driving modes. Exterior and interior styling is done splendidly, as for the features aboard, Mercedes Benz packs its cars well both in terms of comfort and safety. Mercedes Benz A-Class is the most affordable vehicle in the company’s India line-up priced below B-Class. Price in India is on par with the rest of the entry level premium vehicles offered by other luxury car makers.

Mercedes Benz A Class Style

Mercedes-Benz cars are known for offering sophisticated interiors and dynamic styling, and the A-Class is not an exception. The vehicle gets a diamond grille with shiny metallic pieces, sharp headlamps with Bi-Xenon projectors, which are covered by a bold metallic rim on one side and LEDs on other side. The long bonnet with aggressive flowing lines adds to its sporty look. On sides, the aggressive character lines and strong belt line that starts from headlamps and ends just above the rear wheels further enhances the overall appeal.

The flared wheel arches have been fitted to large and light-weight, multi-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, while the wing mirrors get integrated blinkers. At the rear, the hatchback has spoiler with an in-built FM antenna and LED tail lamps. The premium hatchback is available in 10 exterior shades including Cosmos Black, Polar Silver, Canyon Beige Metallic, South Seas Blue, Monolith Grey, Cirrus White, Jupiter Red, Mountain Grey, Night Black and Universe Blue.

Mercedes Benz A Class Space

On the inside, there’s decent space in the rear by hatchback standards, although the sloping roof means the headroom is tight, and the small windows and black insides give it a cooped-up feeling. This back seat certainly won’t offer the comfort you associate with a luxury car, but then this car is meant to pander more to the driver.

The rest of the cabin is just as plush as an E-class, but feels far more modern. The SLS AMG-style triple air-con vents, the free-standing screen for the COMAND interface, the sculpted steering wheel and the chequered-design dials add to the youthful flair. The single-piece front seats are superbly snug, and the knobs, switches and stalks work precisely. The pedals are slightly offset, but this is made up for by the fantastic driving position. However, the steeply-raked windscreen and the small rear window compromise visibility, which is bothersome in traffic and when parking.

Although Mercedes has skipped on electric steering adjustment and even a powered front passenger seat, there’s still plenty of kit; our test car had Bluetooth connectivity, seven airbags, ESP, Bi-Xenon headlamps and USB connectivity. Even the massive panoramic sunroof comes as standard.

Mercedes Benz A Class Performance

Like mentioned above, the automaker has retained both the engines from the outgoing version. Its diesel versions have been fitted with a 2.2-litre power plant that has a displacement capacity of 2143cc. It is incorporated with a fourth generation common rail based direct fuel injection supply system for optimum fuel efficiency. It comprises of four cylinders and sixteen valves based on double overhead camshaft valve configuration. This motor also has a turbocharger with variable nozzle turbine that enables the motor to pump out a maximum power of 136bhp in the range of 3600 to 4400rpm and generates a commanding torque output of 300Nm between 1600 to 3000rpm. On the other hand, its petrol variant is fitted with the same 1.6-litre in-line motor that has high pressure direct fuel injection system featuring piezo injectors. This 1595cc mill can belt out a commanding power of 120.7bhp at 5000rpm that yields in a hammering torque output of 200Nm between just 1250 to 4000rpm. The transmission duties of both these power plants are handled by a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission gearbox that releases the torque output to its front wheels.

The new A Class comes with the same engine options like its outgoing model. The A 180 Sport is housed with a 1.6-litre petrol mill that is incorporated with a high pressure direct injection system featuring piezo injectors. It offers a mileage in the range of 12 to 15.5 Kmpl, which is rather good. The diesel version gets a new nomenclature with ‘A 200 d”. This version houses a 2.2-litre mill under the hood with CRDI fuel injection technology. It is capable of producing a peak mileage of 20.06 Kmpl. To know more information on Mercedes Benz A Class visit Ubvvn

Its oil-burner comprises of 4-cylinders, 16-valves and is further equipped with a turbocharger. This 2143cc mill can belt out a maximum power of 136bhp that yields a hammering torque output of 300Nm. On the other hand, its petrol mill is also based on 4-cylinder configuration. This turbocharged motor has the ability to produce a peak power of 122bhp along with a mammoth torque of 200Nm.

Mercedes Benz A Class Drivng

The Mercedes A-Class has been a very good handler always and this quality remains consistent in the 2016 model too. The steering is very direct and weighs up nicely as the speed progresses. Ride quality is a bit stiff but the 16-inch wheels really help matters. The high profile rubber tackles uneven and broken tarmac without breaking a sweat and the A-Class feels easy to drive on what we call roads. Dealers do offer bigger wheels as options but that comes at the cost of ride quality. On the braking front, the hatchback performs nicely as expected and it sheds speeds without any sort of unnecessary drama.

Mercedes Benz A Class Safety

A number of safety features are available in this model, which ensures high level of protection. It has Attention Assist function that is useful to detect the drowsiness of driver especially, when it is speeding in the 80 kmph to 180 Kmph range. It comes with sensors that analyze the driving behavior and warns the driver. The active restraint system is another device that has rear doors and windows with child locking system, manually adjustable rear head restraints, seat occupancy sensor and so on. There are multiple airbags available to safeguard the occupants during critical driving conditions. Meanwhile, the tyre pressure loss warning system keeps the driver alert if, there is a loss in tyre pressure. Not only it monitors the rotational speed of individual wheels but also identifies the tyre pressure loss.Check car loan for Mercedes Benz A Class at Fincarz.

The hill hold assist function helps it to move off on inclines easily. The electronic stability program keeps the vehicle stable by applying brake force to individual wheels. There are hazard warning lights that gets activated automatically when it slows down from a speed of 70 kmph to a standstill and this works in conjunction with brake assist system. The anti lock braking system on the other hand, prevents it from skidding even when sudden brakes are applied. The adaptive brake lights are activated during sharp braking particularly, when the speed is over 50 kmph. Aside from all these, the list includes audible warning signals for front seat belts, crash responsive emergency lighting, ISOFIX child seat anchorage with fastening points, brake pad wear indicator and many others.

Mercedes Benz A Class Cost in Hyderabad

Mercedes Benz A Class On Road Price is 36,24,301/- and Ex-showroom Price is 29,89,600/- in Hyderabad. Mercedes Benz A Class comes in 5 colours, namely Elbait Green,Cirrus White,Cosmos Black,Jupiter Red,Polar Silver. Mercedes Benz A Class comes with FWD with 1595 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 122 bhp@5000 rpm and Peak Torque 200 Nm@1250-4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 8.6 seconds . Mercedes Benz A Class comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Mercedes Benz A Class Conclusion

In the end, the A-class comes across a compact, premium and properly impressive runabout. It’s got almost everything we like about big Mercs — a solid build, high-quality interiors and a decent ride, all with a huge dose of youthfulness. The engine in the A 180 could’ve done with a little bit more grunt, but apart from that, there’s little to fault.

The bigger concern is whether or not Indian buyers will accept a hatchback as a genuine luxury car. But there’s a good chance the A-class, with its stunning looks and sheer desirability, could trigger India’s first compact luxury car revolution

Mercedes Benz GLA Class Facelift Review & Test Drive

Mercedes-Benz GLA Overview

Mercedes-Benz with the GLA targeted a segment, it wasn’t really part of. Frankly it didn’t have any competition for the likes of the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. But when the GLA was first launched in India, most dismissed the car as an A-Class on stilts but Mercedes-Benz knew the potential of this car and the facelift finally made its public debut in January 2017 at the Detroit Motor Show. A little over six months and has now been launched in India with prices starting at ₹ 30.65 lakh (post-GST, ex-showroom).Now, let me make it quite clear; this is probably the mildest of facelifts you’ll see on any car but there’s a lot that’s new. To begin with, the front and rear bumpers of the car are new, they’re reshaped and this has helped it look less like a hatchback and more like an SUV. There’s a simulated underguard in bucket-tooth design with silver chrome in the front bumper. It also gets what Mercedes-Benz calls ‘Powerdomes’ on the bonnet and all this adds to the muscular look of the car. View offers on Mercedes Cars from Mercedes dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Style

The overall design remains the same and you’ll have to squint a little to notice the changes. The front end features a revised bumper and a new grille, which along with the muscular creases on the bonnet makes it look a little more aggressive. I personally like the grille and the big three-pointed star logo it proudly flaunts. It actually gels with the attractive canyon beige colour on our test car.The headlamps are brand new and feature a full-LED set-up, which Mercedes-Benz regards as a high-performance unit. It certainly delivers what it proclaims as illumination at night is indeed bright and has adequate focus and spread.The side profile remains the same, but it’s not that it needed any touch-ups. The crease line that begins from the headlamps and runs along the length of the GLA to disappear into the rear wheel arch is what catches your eye. This angle also highlights the GLA’s hatchback roots, evident from the short pillars and small glass area. While it’s not a cause for concern, the shape and size of the windows does hamper your view from the cabin. So parking in tight areas or manoeuvring in heavy traffic requires a little more attention. For 2017, the GLA also gets new, 18-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke design that looks quite appealing.

The rear bumper is tweaked slightly and gets a new faux skid plate along with a set of dazzling full-LED lamps. They look similar to the GLC’s tail lamps, and to my eye, a bit better than the ones on the previous GLA.On the whole, the GLA looks sporty and, as I’ve said before, just as what the crossover rule book states.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Space

The interior, shared with the likes of the A-Class and B-Class is typically classy and sporty. The centrally mounted screen combined with the three large air-conditioning vents lends an aeronautic touch to the GLA’s interior. The AC-vents though have been slightly updated with more intrinsic styling elements embedded into them. The GLA also comes standard with a huge panoramic roof and sunroof package that gives the cabin an airy feel. One can opt for three interior color packages. The all-black version with a silver accent piece running from left to right, looks mature and goes well with the silver accent on the steering wheel. On the other hand, the all-beige and the black-beige combination interior options look classy and will surely appeal to the Indian customer.

The GLA-Class comes with electric seats for both the driver and the passenger. While one can choose a black interior package, the more popular beige version makes the car feel airier and larger on the inside. Although there is a decent amount of legroom in the back seats, we found a severe lack of under thigh support. This factor would make the passengers in the back of the GLA feel rather uncomfortable on longer road trips.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Engine

The facelift might be a mild one but there are no changes to the engines on offer. The 2-litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel motors continue to power the facelift of the GLA and we got down to driving the diesel. The 2.1-litre diesel churns out 168 bhp (which is the same as before) and the torque of 350 Nm kicks in at around 1500 rpm which makes sure you have power at hand early. That 7-speed dual clutch gearbox helps in seamless transfer of power to the wheels and the paddle shifters make your life easier. The 200d and the 200 petrol do not get the AWD system but the 220d comes with four-wheel drive as standard and thanks to this, you get off to a brisk start right from the word go. Sadly, as the revs build up and go past 2500 rpm, the engine grunt becomes obvious. It’s not an enjoyable sound and you immediately get off the gas. There’s a big change though in the way the GLA rides. The bouncy ride has now given way to a bit of comfort, however, I still feel that the suspension could have been tweaked to be on the softer side, but the ride is not a bumpy one now and that’s a big plus.

It’s more agile too and the higher ground clearance has not hampered the performance of the car. As I’ve told you earlier, all-wheel drive is now standard on the GLA 220d and it comes with Downhill Speed Regulation (DSR) which helps to handle steep downhill driving. The speed can be set between four and 18 kmph which makes it easier to navigate through terrains. Driving modes include – Eco, Individual, Off-Road and Dynamic and in each you can tweak the setting of the steering and the engine. The best option is individual, where you put the steering response into Eco mode and the engine response into Sport mode and well, it all falls into place. The 18-inch tyres give you the much needed grip and the GLA maintains its composure when driven into a corner. Now, Mercedes-Benz calls it a genuine off-roader and we can’t wait to test that part out.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Driving

The GLA is set up stiff, so the ride is a bit bumpy at slow speeds, especially when driving over potholes or undulations. Pick up the speeds, however, and the ride does get a bit better. But the joy of this set up lies in corners, and that’s where the GLA shines.Despite its 171mm ground clearance, the GLA handles just like a car. It remains flat and true to an intended line around a corner. There is good feedback from the steering too, and the grip from the fat tyres and the all-wheel-drive system make the GLA enjoyable around canyon roads. This, with the added peace of mind that you won’t have to worry too much about scraping the underbelly on bad roads.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Safety

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class comes loaded with everything you might want from a luxury compact SUV in today’s day and age. The typically Mercedes-Benz centre console with the inbuilt telephone and audio controls does look a little outdated although they do their job well. With additional features like a reverse camera, parking sensors and GPS-navigation, the GLA is right at par with everything else in its segment. The GLA also comes with safety features like tyre pressure monitoring sensors, attention assist and seven airbags.Mercedes-Benz’s Command system that controls all the function on the main infotainment screen is as good as ever and offers the driver and the passengers an intuitive experience. That said, we did find the infotainment screen to be slightly smaller than what we could have expected and as with the A-Class and B-Class, a slight after though on the part of the designers.

Mercedes-Benz GLA Cost in Hyderabad

Mercedes Benz Gla Class Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 31,70,935/- (GLA Class 200 d Style) to 38,01,700/- (GLA Class 220 d 4MATIC). Get best offers for Mercedes Benz Gla Class from Mercedes Benz Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Benz GLA price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Mercedes-Benz GLA Conclusion

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is not only the most important car Mercedes-Benz will launch this year, we believe it will be the most important car Mercedes-Benz will launch for a while. With the new C-Class and the stunning CLA-Class on its way to India soon, the only thing Mercedes-Benz will really have to be worried about is the GLA cannibalising traditional sedan customers with the lure and aura of a multipurpose platform like a compact SUV.Should the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1 be worried about the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class wooing audiences in a way they have never had to worry about in the past? Considering the fact that the GLA offers good performance, handing and interior trim while managing to look as good as it does, the answer is a resounding YES!