March 11, 2015: Alongside the introduction of new B-Class, Mercedes-Benz India also took this opportunity to upgrade the diesel engine of its younger sibling, the A-Class. With the same engine as the B-Class, the A 200 CDI now provides an additional 25 percent power and 20 percent additional torque. The A180 is priced at INR 25.95 lacs while the A200 CDI is priced at INR 26.95 lacs (ex-showroom Mumbai).
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|A200 CDI Sport||Diesel||Automatic||2143cc
||17.5||20.0||136bhp @ 3600-4400rpm|
||12.03||15.5||122bhp @ 5000rpm|
In a surprise move, Mercedes Benz India has rolled out a brand new variant in the A Class model series in the form of A200 CDI, which will be replacing the existing diesel version. While its petrol version remains to be the same without any update. The manufacturer has blessed this diesel variant with the same 2.1-litre diesel motor, but it has received some modifications that upped its overall power output. This engine is now capable of developing 134.1.3bhp along with a pounding torque of 300Nm, which is rather impressive. On the other hand, its petrol variant is fitted with the same 1.6-litre motor, which is paired to a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission gearbox. The car maker claims that both the engines are fuel efficient, as they are blessed with an advanced ECO Start/Stop function. This feature switches off the engine temporarily when the vehicle is at standstills position and thereby, it helps to reduce the fuel consumption. This hatchback has an attractive aerodynamic body structure that looks entirely similar to its already existing version featuring trademark exterior features. The main highlight of its exteriors is its trademark diamond radiator grille, which is designed with 302 diamond-like pins. Furthermore, this hatchback also gets an attractive LED lighting pattern at front and rear that enhances its already dynamic stance. This hatchback has a subtle interior cabin, which is furnished with well cushioned seats featuring 4-way lumbar support for both the front passengers. There are number of features incorporated inside the cabin that eventually pampers the occupant and provides a fatigue-free traveling experience. It is equipped with several advanced aspects like a proficient AC unit featuring a pollen filter, a rear camera with dynamic guidelines and an advanced instrument cluster with 11.4cm color display. This hatchback is also integrated with a a few sophisticated aspects including a cruise control system featuring SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter that offers a pleasurable driving experience. On the other hand, the automaker has also given utmost importance to its protective aspects by incorporating features like an ATTENTION ASSIST system, tyre pressure loss warning system and airbags that safeguards all the occupants inside. At present this hatchback is competing against the likes of BMW 1 Series and Volvo V40 in the Indian automobile market. On the other hand, it is also available with a 'Star Care' warranty program, which covers all the warrant-able repairs up to 3 years without any mileage limitations.
There is no doubt that this hatchback looks like an absolute jewel, especially from its front facade. While its rear facet has a smiley shaped tailgate that is accompanied by a small windshield along with a wiper. Furthermore, it is decorated with a chrome plated company's logo along with variant lettering that enhances its majestic stance. Surrounding this is the stylish clear-lens taillight cluster that is equipped with LED brake lights along with turn indicators and courtesy lamps. There is an attractive rear spoiler that is with integrated LED third brake light that enhances the on road safety. The rear bumper has a dual tone color scheme featuring a black colored protective cladding along with a pair of chrome plated exhaust pipes. However, the main highlight of this stylish hatchback remains to be its radiator grille that is designed with a total of 302 diamond-like pins. Additionally, it is fitted with a single louver along with company's emblem embedded on it. The headlight cluster has a radiant design and is powered by bi-xenon lamps along with signature LED daytime running lights and turn indicators. The front body colored bumper has a sporty design embodying a wide air intake console along with a pair of air ducts that gives an intimidating stance to the front facet. Coming to the side facet, this vehicle gets several trendy features like body colored door handles, ORVM caps and black B pillars. This model series is blessed with a trendy set of 5-twin spoke design alloy wheels, which are painted in matte black in high sheen finish. On the other hand, this vehicle is blessed with an exclusive sporty kit as an optional feature that includes various styling aspects. Those includes exterior cosmetics like a set of stylish light weight alloy wheels, high gloss black B pillars including ORVMs and front bumper lip. In addition to these, it also includes stylish body decals all over, which adds to its sporty appeal.
This hatchback has a total length of 4292mm and a decent width of 1780mm (excluding external wing mirrors). Its total height measures at just 1433mm, whereas the wheelbase stands at 2699mm, which is long. On the other hand, it has 1553mm front track and 1552mm rear track, which is quite good.
Editor's take : The interiors of the A-Class are as magical as the exterior design. It has a spacious cabin with lots of space for passengers, as the engine is mounted transversely. The instrument panel is also stylish and looks young and trendy.
The internal section of this sedan is in a dual tone color scheme, which is further complimented by ambient lighting and wood inserts on dashboard and center console. It gets a black (ARTICO Larochette) colored internal cabin that has a diamond pattern look. It is further emphasized by contrasting top stitching on seat covers, door panels, and steering wheel that adds to the classiness. In addition to this, it has star shaped AC vents, which are fitted on both end of the dashboard for better air circulation. Its center fascia and dashboard gets a lot of chrome inserts, which gives the cabin an elegant look. The seats are ergonomically designed wherein its front seats have 4-way lumbar support function. Both these variants have electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function. The dashboard is neatly designed and is equipped with an instrument cluster, which has a number of functions, air conditioning system, music system and an advanced touchscreen infotainment unit. It is also fitted with a three spoke steering wheel, which is mounted with several multi-functional switches for convenience of its driver. Furthermore, there is a provision for incorporating gearshift paddles, which contributes towards desired driving experience. It is wrapped with leather upholstery and decorated with company's badge in the center. The cabin is done up with extensive use of leather, especially for door panels, seats and dashboard, which gives a captivating look to the interiors. The front doors also have switches for adjusting seats and windows. The instrument cluster has a pair of round shaped meters and a multi-information display, which provides information relating to the vehicle's speed, fuel consumption, an electronic tripmeter, a digital tachometer, service interval reminder and several other notifications.
The facelifted version of this model series is available in two trim levels but both the variants have identical features. Its cabin is fitted with a proficient air conditioning system with dust filter, which regulates air temperature and keeps the ambiance pleasant. It also has rear AC vents for cooling the cabin in no time. The cabin is incorporated with a power assisted steering column, which is adjustable for height and length that adds to the convenience. Both variants have been bestowed with power windows (front and rear) featuring one touch control and obstruction sensors. This model series is also incorporated with an advanced instrument cluster featuring 11.4cm color display. It provides informatics like outside temperature, trip computer, fuel consumption, fuel gauge, distance traveled, vehicle speed, gearshift position, tachometer, driver's seat belt warning and a few other notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. In addition to these, there are features like illuminated glove box compartment, inside rear view mirror with automatic dimming and dual front sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror. Furthermore, the car maker is also offering features like ECO start/stop function, direction indicators with one touch lane change function and folding rear seat back rest. In addition to all these, the car maker is also offering aspects like individual armrest for front passengers with stowage compartment, boot lighting, an additional spare wheel, TIREFIT with tyre-inflation compressor, rear center armrest with cup holder. Beside all these, this model series is also integrated with a reversing camera featuring dynamic guidelines, which provides excellent assistance to the driver while parking. In addition to these, it is blessed with an advanced Audio 20 CD multimedia system featuring a high resolution display. It has an integrated CD player that supports files like MP3, WMA and AAC. This music system can be operated conveniently with the help of switches located on the steering wheel and on central console. It also has six speaker, which enhances the ambiance of its cabin. All these features put together makes it one of the most comfortable vehicle in its segment.
This hatchback is extremely spacious from inside, thanks to the long wheelbase, width and height. Its internal cabin can easily accommodate five passengers. The cockpit section has a total head space of 1017mm and legroom of 532mm along with a decent shoulder space of 1391mm. Its rear cabin has a shoulder space of 1350mm, leg and head room of 494mm and 952mm respectively. It is also bestowed with a roomy boot space of 341 litres, which can be further increased up to 1157 litres by folding the rear seat back in any desired split ratio. In addition to this, it is fitted with a large 50 litre fuel tank that has a fuel reserve capacity of approximately 6 litres. It is good enough for planning longer journeys.
Editor's take : The acceleration produced by the A-Class is good and even the power delivery is fairly linear and smooth. The double clutch improves the acceleration.
The manufacturer has mated both the petrol and diesel motors to an advanced dual clutch 7G-DCT automatic transmission gearbox that delivers torque output to the front wheels. Its petrol variant takes only about 9.2 seconds to breach the 100 Kmph mark from a standstill and can reach a top speed of close to 202 Kmph. On the other hand, its diesel engine can break the 100 in about 10.6 seconds from a standstill, while it can now go upto a top speed of 210 Kmph.
Editor's take : The engines on offer might on look that good on paper, but in the real world they are far better than what is on offer.
In terms of technical specifications, the company has made major changes under the hood. This latest entrant now comes with a newly developed 2.1-litre in-line diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2143cc. It is incorporated with a fourth generation common rail based direct fuel injection supply system that enhances the on-road performance of the hatchback. It comprises of four cylinders and sixteen valves, which is 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 134.1bhp in the range of 3600 to 4400rpm and generates a commanding torque output of 300Nm between 1600 to 3000rpm, which is rather good for Indian road conditions. On the other hand, its petrol variant is fitted with the same 1.6-litre in-line engine that has high pressure direct fuel injection system featuring piezo injectors. It has 4-cylinders and 16-valves based on the same DOHC valve configuration with variable valve timing and control. It has a displacement capacity of 1595cc and is integrated with a turbocharger as well. It 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. Furthermore, this petrol engine is assisted by a standard ECO Start/stop function, which reduces the carbon emission and improves its fuel efficiency. Both these engines have been mated with a sophisticated 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission gearbox, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It works in conjunction with three different modes like ‘Sport', ‘Economy' and ‘Manual' to deduce optimal performance from the engine.
Editor's take : The A-Class is a fuel-efficient vehicle, be it the petrol or the diesel. The light body-weight makes it fuel-efficient. The diesel has an ARAI mileage of 20 km/l.
The car maker has incorporated both the petrol and diesel variants with an advanced ECO start/stop function, which helps to save fuel at a standstill. Its petrol engine is incorporated with a high pressure direct injection system featuring piezo injectors. It has the ability to give away a peak mileage in the range of 12 to 15.5 Kmpl, which is rather good. On the other hand, its diesel engine gets slight modification with improved power output. It is also integrated with a fourth generation common rail direct fuel injection technology that enables it to deliver a peak mileage of 20.06 Kmpl, which is the best in its class.
Editor's take : The power produced by the A-Class is good and we like the petrol for its well spread out torque. The diesel too is torque and frugal too.
Its diesel engine comprises of 4-cylinders, 16-valves and is further equipped with a turbocharger. This 2143cc mill can now belt out a maximum power of 134.1bhp that yields a commanding torque output of 300Nm, which is quite good. On the other hand, its DOHC based 4-cylinder petrol engine has received no updates. This turbocharged motor has the ability to produce a peak power of 120.7bhp along with a mammoth torque of 200Nm.
Editor's take : The A-Class is a luxury hatchback and the German manufacturer is offering several optional features on this hatchback to customise the car. The A-Class also gets rear seat arm rest, reverse parking camera and higher ground clearance.
The car maker has equipped this model series with a highly proficient Audio 20 CD multimedia system featuring a high resolution 14.7cm TFT color display, which is equipped with various controls. It has an integrated CD player that supports files like MP3, WMA and AAC. This music system can be operated conveniently with the help of switches located on the steering wheel and on central console. Furthermore, it also supports Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free operation and audio streaming. In addition to these, there are ports for Aux-in and USB devices in the stowage compartment of central console. Not to forget, the car maker has also fitted six loudspeakers, which provides pristine listening experience. Apart from these, there is a provision for incorporating shift paddles on steering wheel, which can further add to the convenience. The car maker is also offering a sporty kit as optional fitment for the buyers. This kit comes with some genuine accessories like front bumper lip, a rear diffuser, spoiler and stylish body decals. Furthermore, the owners can customize their trim with several features like distinctly styled alloy wheels, high gloss black package, illuminated scuff plates, sporty rear spoiler, stylish body graphics and so on. Its interiors are already packed with several features and equipments, wherein there is not much scope to add any more aspects.
Editor's take : The braking and handling characteristics of the A-Class are good and even the ride on offer is composed and settled. The new hatchback’s ground clearance has also been raised.
The company has given this vehicle a proficient braking mechanism along with a reliable suspension system, which keeps it well balanced and stable. Its rear axle is paired with a completely redesigned four link suspension, while the front axle is assembled with an enhanced McPherson strut, which provides excellent drive comfort. On the other hand, its front wheels are fitted with a set of internally vented brake discs and the rear ones are coupled with conventional disc brakes. These are further loaded with superior brake calipers for optimum braking performance. In addition to this, this model series is also integrated with an electronic stability program and curve dynamic assist, which makes it simple to glide through sharp curves. Furthermore, it is also loaded with brake assist system featuring automatic recognition emergency braking situation, which helps to keep this hatchback stable. In addition to these, it has several other aspects like adaptive braking with hold function, brake drying and hill start assist. The car maker has also incorporated a sophisticated rack and pinion based steering featuring an integral STEER CONTROL assist system, which provides excellent support in critical driving situation. It also features a speed dependent control, which reduces the delivery of power as speed increases.
Editor's take : The safety features on the A-Class are several like airbags, ABS and even ESP.
This latest version is integrated with several sophisticated safety features, which ensures utmost protection to the vehicle and its passengers as well. One of the most important features in this hatchback is adaptive brake lights along with flashing, which are activated in case of sharp braking from a speed of above 50 kmph. It also features hazard warning lights, which are activated automatically when the vehicle slows from a speed of 70 kmph to a standstill. They work in conjunction with BAS (brake assist system) to enhance the safety quotient. The car maker has also incorporated a sophisticated ATTENTION ASSIST function, which detects the drowsiness of driver in the speed range between 80 kmph to 180 Kmph. Its sensors analyses the driving behavior and detects the signs of increased inattention and warns the driver. Another sophisticated feature is the tyre pressure loss warning system, which alerts the driver if there is a dangerous drop in tyre pressure. It monitors the rotational speed of individual wheels and identifies the significant loss of tyre pressure. This hatchback also has a total of seven airbags, which safeguards the occupants even in the critical driving situation. The hill hold assist with hold function works in collaboration with brakes and makes it simple to move off on inclines. It also features an electronic stability program, which stabilizes the vehicle by adjusting the engine performance and by applying the brake force to individual wheels. It also collaborates with anti lock braking system, which allows the driver to steer and brake simultaneously, which eventually provides evasive maneuvering. The car maker has also incorporated several other safety features including ISOFIX child seat anchorage with fastening points, crash responsive emergency lighting, lamp failure indicator, brake pad wear indicator for front wheels, auto dimming interior mirror, electric parking brake and driver side exterior mirror with automatic dimming function. It also has audible warning signals for front seat belts, parking brake left-on and for headlights on. In addition to these, it also has active restraint system, which includes rear doors and windows with child locking system, manually adjustable rear head restraints, seat occupancy sensor and many other such aspects. All these features put together makes it one of the safest vehicles in its segment.
The flared up wheel arches of both the trims are fitted with a classy set of 17-inch, 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, which are painted in Himalayan Grey color and enhances the look of its side profile. These rims are further covered with terrain capable tubeless radial tyres of size 225/45 R17 that offers superior grip on any road conditions.
1. Power packed engine performance with decent acceleration and pickup.
2. Safety and comfort features are at par with other competitors.
3. Interior space and design is remarkable with enough leg space.
4. External appearance is rather stylish with lots of striking aspects.
5. Performance of the petrol engine is quite good.
1. Low ground clearance adds to its disadvantage.
2. There is no sunroof for ‘Style' variant.
3. Lack of navigation system is a big disappointment.
4. Fuel economy of petrol variant can be improved.
5. Cost of maintenance and service is quite expensive.
|A200 CDI Sport |
|A180 Sport |