The new Mercedes-Benz A-class first test drive

New Mercedes-Benz A-class.

New Mercedes-Benz A-class.

Reason: familiarity with compact hatch Mercedes.

The scene: Croatian Split and its surroundings

Impressions: three previous-generation A-class model in the lineup if the company played the role of an unloved child. Similarities with other Mercedes was kept to a minimum, so that owners of respectable sedans didn’t feel the awkwardness connected with this small fry. But the new a-class has grown out of short pants. His face is made in the style recently debuted four-door coupe CLS, and it went only benefit. Look how solid and thoroughbred was the appearance of the Mercedes hatch.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-class first test drive

The interior is a real premium class. In terms of equipment and quality materials it is a clear leader in the segment.

The interior is a real premium class. In terms of equipment and quality materials it is a clear leader in the segment.

The salon is extremely positive emotions. No discounts on class and size of the car — all made of expensive, grown-up. It is noteworthy that the traditional tidy no more — instead, a virtual panel that can be configured at their discretion. In the upper part of the centre console — settled first Mercedes! — touch screen. But the most remarkable thing is voice control. Suffice it to say, “Hey, Mercedes, I’m cold” as climate control adds temperature. Say: “let’s Go home,” and the Navigator will immediately build the necessary route. Systems such as retention strip, adaptive cruise control or a function of traffic sign recognition, against this background, taken for granted equipment.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-class first test drive

On the second row is noticeably roomier. The seatbacks can be adjusted in angle. But on a mountain road passengers sorely lacking ceiling handles.

On the second row is noticeably roomier. The seatbacks can be adjusted in angle. But on a mountain road passengers sorely lacking ceiling handles.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-class first test drive

Trunk volume increased by 29 l, and reached 370 liters.

Trunk volume increased by 29 l, and reached 370 liters.

Still, the main surprise was ride quality And class. After all, before the small hatch of the stars from the sky is not enough — from driving on a mountain road, the pulse was not frequent. Now everything has changed. Tenacious suspension, precise steering, responsive engine (in Russia will be only a 150-strong “turboservice”) — never had front-wheel drive, “mercy” didn’t go so cheerfully! In General, the phrase is Fun to Drive, many times repeated by the Germans during the presentation, sounded obviously not for effect.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-class first test drive

On-the-go new Mercedes hatch like never cocky and reckless. Real Drivers Car!

On-the-go new Mercedes hatch like never cocky and reckless. Real Drivers Car!

Prospects: ad prices are pleasantly surprised: the new A-class is not a helluva lot more expensive than its predecessor. But in fact this car is much more high level. I don’t think he is destined to become popular. For the nearly two million it’s asking for the base And 200, our compatriot likely he’ll acquire a crossover.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-class first test drive

In this perspective, in A-class are hard to recognize Mercedes. The most obvious Association is a Kia Ceed.

In this perspective, in A-class are hard to recognize Mercedes. The most obvious Association is a Kia Ceed.

Rating: the new A-class was very cool — aggressive styling, advanced interior design, modern electronics and refined ride quality. After him in the direction of the Audi A3 and BMW 1-series even not want to watch.

Details: ZR, 2018, No. 06 

Photo: Mercedes-Benz