We’re not big fans of the Mercedes A-Class, and the all-new 2nd gen A-Class continues that particular mindset. Actually, we’re going to backtrack like a bear on a unicycle and say it looks OK on the outside, but it’s just not a proper Mercedes because its the type of car bought by call center managers who believe success is built on convincing elderly homeowners that they need cavity wall insulation, when they already have it.
However, its the interior that stands out, its a condensed version of the E Class design language and is all ambient lighting, in-your-face air vents and plasticky looking silver trim. But to the call center manager planning to extract money from a trusting elderly homeowner, this is the height of automotive luxury for less than £250pm.
When the car is made available for retail launch buyers will get to choose from either a 7-inch or 10-inch x2 panoramic display. This display will house an all-new infotainment software which uses machine learning to adapt to the users specific day to day requirements.
So if you happen to immediately switch station when the Christian O’Connell morning radio show is on the MBUX infotainment system will remember this because it too has machine learned to dislike that show completely independently of any user interaction.
Mercedes say the new A-Class features revised engines, the depressing truth is it borrows smaller capacity engines from Renault. So the 4-cylinders 1.4-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel are both sourced from Renault.
So we suggest you go for the larger capacity engines, the Merc made 2.0-litre petrol and A250 are the models you should go for, only then will you be buying a 100 percent Mercedes. Active damping technology and all-wheel drive will be offered for top of the range models. AMG power versions are sure to follow.
Mercedes will also make available the latest active safety technology so drunk drivers can behave even more irresponsibly than ever before.
The new A-Class is slightly bigger and wider than it’s first generation predecessor and should be on sale either by the end of the year or early 2019. Cost? that’s another press release away.