Mercedes has released the updated 2022 A and B Class. Neither is my personal cup of tea. The A-Class? too small. The B-Class? styling of a dead tree trunk. Mercedes sold 155k A Class units in Europe during 2021, 2019 was the model series’ best sales year with 198K units finding new homes. In the auto industry, model updates are an important part of the product life and sales cycle designed to rekindle buyer interest. Entry-level A-Class models initially cost £25K a few years ago. But now if you want a brand new A-Class be prepared to fork out £31,880 OTR for the entry-level A 180 petrol hatchback. Here’s what you need to know and no more:
The latest generation MBUX infotainment puts new A-Class and B-Class is available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included as standard.
Powertrain options for A-Class are A 180, A 200, A 200 D and A 250 e, while the B-Class can be specified with two options, the B 200 and B 200 D.
Petrol engine cars are four-cylinder units with either a 7 or 8 speed DCT automatic as standard and are now Mild hybrid’s with the use of the new 48-volt electrical system.
Plug-in hybrids are available with the A 250 e on both the A-Class Hatchback and Saloon and feature a powerful 215hp drive system that combines a petrol engine and electric motor.
Plug-in hybrids can now be charged with up to 11kW of alternating current, with a DC charge from 10% to 80% taking around 25 minutes.
Five model lines are available including; Sport Executive, AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium, AMG Line Premium Plus, and the new Exclusive Launch Edition.
Exterior design changes go beyond just skin deep, with LED headlamps and LED rear lights, as well as all models now feature Adaptive Highbeam Assist as standard. MULTIBEAM LED headlights are standard on the Premium Plus model.
Interior material choices include comfort seats that feature fabrics in the centre section made from 100% recycled material. The Sports seats on the AMG Line variants also feature up to 65% recycled materials.
10.25-inch driver and media displays are now standard, with high-resolution graphics and new designs unique to the car.