Driving report Mercedes A 200
New A-Class shows change in the autobau: software is everything, engine is nothing
Press Inform / Mercedes
Mercedes A 200: clock
Site author Wolfgang Gomoll
Mercedes is now also starting in the compact segment for the overtaking process: the A-Class convinces with a balanced chassis and shines with an infotainment system that sets standards.
At Mercedes there is nothing more as it was once. The boss wears sneakers on official appointments. Combined there are shirts with button-off buttons and the S-Class is no longer the technology pioneer that is enthroned. In the past it was said in Stuttgart-Unterturkheim: “First S and then nothing for a long time.“Say: Innovations were rolled out from top to bottom and for the A-Class, which also overturned, many traditionalists had only a tired smile at the Swabian car manufacturer, that was a long time ago, now the entry-level model should be with the brand to the brand tie the star.
A-Class for the Smartphone generation
A strategy that makes sense. Infotainment is important for the tablet and iPhone generation, so the A-Class gets the latest development. And the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) leaves the time-honored Comand system, like a relic from a long-forgotten time.
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The cockpit is reduced and instead of a rotary button – similar to the E -Class – two monitors with 10.25 inches and one touchpad dominate. Now many actions can be initialized by voice input. As with the role models Siri (Apple) and Alexa (Amazon), a "Hey Mercedes" is enough and the female voice reports with a friendly "Yes, please".
Restaurant search with Yelp
Many commands can be formulated colloquially, it becomes exciting if you are looking for cheap Italian restaurant near the navigation goal, for example, results are promptly displayed on the results of the evaluation portal "Yelp".
Mercedes Benz Among other things, the trunk of the A-Class has grown by 30 to 370 liters
The computer does not always understand the driver
The entertainment with the machine does not work very smoothly, but the conversation is already surprisingly fluent – even while driving. "The system is constantly being developed in this regard," explains developer Werner Preuschoff. As an alternative to the voice command, the two small touchpads on the steering wheel, the large in the center console or – very classic – buttons are still available. Among other things, the display of the round instruments can be adapted almost as you wish: instead of the tachometer and opposite the driving and consumption data instead of the speedometer – no problem.
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An extremely useful detail is the "augmented reality": the navigation system is active, the image of the camera with real-time traffic pops up on the right monitor over the center console 200 meters before the next driving maneuver on the right monitor above the right monitor and arrows the way. If desired, the house numbers with small markings are also displayed – this really finds everyone their destination.
Head-up display and more-the prices are salted
It can be assumed that many of this information will soon end up in the head-up display. However, this beautiful new world is not cheap, at least 3016 euros are due, and there are also prices, such as for the head-up display (1178 euros) or the "augmented reality" 297.50 euros). Not to mention the basic price of 32.326 euros for the tested Mercedes A 200.
Mercedes Benz Thanks to the extended wheelbase, the new A-Class can offer more space in the interior
With this technology offensive, Mercedes makes the competition from Munich, Wolfsburg and Ingolstadt look old. Especially since the A-Class of the W177 series is also a consistently successful car. The wheelbase has grown by 30 millimeters and you can feel this in the rear, where a 230 V socket (95.20 euros) is also installed on request. If you put on the back seat backrests, a flat loading area and the trunk (370 to 1.210 liters of volume) can be loaded more easily thanks to the lower loading edge with the larger hatch than with the predecessor. You also sit well in front, but the legs of the seats could be longer.
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The steering wheel lies well in the hand and it quickly strikes that the chassis is more on the comfortable side. Unevenness of all kinds are ironed away painlessly, that does not change if you put the variable damper and the entire driving mode on sport and thus a firmer. It is not surprising that the front -wheel drive does not quite achieve the dynamics of a BMW 1 Series.
From October there should be an all-wheel drive option. Nevertheless, the A-Class is also very remarkable in curves, so you notice the work of the developers at the front axle. The steering is precise, but still feels artificially. Interestingly, there are two different hind axles in the A-Class: for the first time, a composite steering axis is available at Mercedes, while for example, a multi-wheel models will be installed in multi-wheel models.
Almost a minor matter: A-Class engines
The four-cylinder petrol engine of the Mercedes A 200 with the Code M 260 is currently 120 kW / 163 hp and comes with the 1.355 kilograms of compact cars (weight level of the predecessor could be held) well right. Within 8.0 seconds, this A-Class creates the 100 km/h mark, reaches a top speed of at least 225 km/h and consumes an average of 5.6 liters. The low noise level in the passenger cell is striking, but a bundle of temperament is not the four -cylinder bundle. As with the rear axles, there are also different double clutch transmission: the seven -speed circuit of GEPARIST is used for the entry -level variants in the A 180D and the A 200, the in -house gearbox is used for the more motorized variants. From May fifth, the A-Class will be at the dealer. Initially, only three versions – A 180D and A 200 and A 250 – are available. Later the portfolio is increased, both with weaker PS and more powerful variants, including with the AMG version, which is supposed to crack the 400 hp limit.
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|Type||Mercedes A-Class A 200|
|engine||Four-cylinder turbo gasoline engineer|
|Performance in PS (KW) at U/Min-1||163 (120) at 5500|
|Max. Torque (nm) at UMin-1||250 Nm at 1620 rpm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec.)))||8.0|
|transmission||7-speed double clutch transmission|
|drive||Front -wheel drive|
|Consumption EU third mix (L/100 km)||5.6|
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||128|
|Max. Payload (kg)||515|
|Price (euro)||32.326.00 €|
|Exhaust gas standard||Euro 6 D Temp|
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