MERCEDES-BENZ HAS MANAGED TO REVOLUTIONISE THE COMPACT CAR SEGMENT WITH THE ALL-NEW A-CLASS.
The origins of Mercedes-Benz can be traced all the way back to the very first petrol-powered car in 1886. Since then, it has become one of the most recognised brands on the planet due to its constant production of quality vehicles as well as its forward-thinking approach toward automobile development. Now, for the very first time, the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan has arrived in the Kingdom of Bahrain and guess who was lucky enough to test drive this premium piece of machinery? That’s right, us!
Having waited for some time to finally catch a glimpse of this brand-new offering from Mercedes, we were pleasantly surprised when her shapely form first came into view. Proportionately, the A-Class Sedan is a dynamic and compact saloon car with a short front and rear overhangs. The design of this model’s front end is very progressive in nature with its low, elongated bonnet. This combined with the slimline headlights as well as the single-louvre diamond radiator grille with optional chrome pins and central star, ensure the vehicle delivers a powerful first impression.
The shoulders of this sedan have both a muscular and chic nature to them, with the precise character lines running below them emphasising the per-fect contours of its sides. 19-inch twin-spoke light-alloy wheels along with the prominent wheel arches ensure the A-Class displays a distinctive sporty attitude when on the roads. At the rear, two-part tail lamps emphasise the car’s width whilst the rear reflectors have been relocated to the modular two-part rear bumper. Our model boasted the chrome trim strip bumper option, as well as the chrome tailpipe tips which added to the stylish look of the car. All-in-all, the masterminds at Mercedes have managed to put together an impressive looking exterior for this sedan, one that anyone would be proud to show off.
Once inside the A-Class, it was obvious that the same care and attention given to the outside of the vehicle was matched within. The modern design of the interior showcases Mercedes’s new approach to the compact class, one that provides a distinct feeling of spaciousness and comfort. The unique architecture of the interior is shaped particularly by the avant-garde design of the dashboard. There is no cowl above the cockpit which results in the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard flowing from front door to front door with no visual disruption.
The leather multifunctional sports steering wheel felt just right in the hands, whilst the immaculately designed seats ensured our driving experience was to be a comfortable one. The rear seating in the car also proved to be both comfy and spacious. The gorgeous layout of the interior is complemented by ambient lighting (optional) of which, we were told, there are 64 colours to choose from.
The completely new Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system (MBUX) is featured in the new A-Class. This system can be accessed through the high-resolution Widescreen Cockpit complete with touchscreen operation of the media display. A navigation display with intelligent voice control with natural speech recognition are other great features of this contemporary system. This model also offers smartphone integration as well as an available head-up display.
Once out on the tarmac, we were able to fully appreciate what this car has to offer. With a displacement of 1332 cc and a rated output of 120 kW, we were able to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in a respectable 8.1 seconds. Boasting a top speed of 230 km/h, the new A-Class has more than enough power on offer, complemented by its fantastic grip, breaking ability and general feel of complete control it provides.
The handling of this vehicle, even around tight bends, was exceptional which allowed for us to relax and enjoy the driving experience.
Safety features contributing to the competent feel of the A-Class include a Direct-Steer system, Active Brake Assist, Cruise Control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, Active Parking Assist, a reversing camera, pedestrian protection and more.
By the time we arrived back at Al Haddad Motors we were more than convinced that Mercedes-Benz has managed to revolutionise the compact saloon experience by setting a benchmark that other manufacturers will struggle to match. ✤
“THE MASTERMINDS AT MERCEDES HAVE MANAGED TO PUT TOGETHER AN IMPRESSIVE LOOKING EXTERIOR FOR THIS SEDAN, ONE THAT ANYONE WOULD BE PROUD TO SHOW OFF.”
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