The new Mercedes A-Class Saloon has gone on sale, keep reading for its full prices and specs
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- 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon full info revealed
- Specs include augmented sat-nav
- Price from £27,875
- On sale now
Mercedes has revealed prices and full specifications for the new Mercedes A-Class Saloon.
Mercedes A-Class saloon price and release date
The new Mercedes A-Class Saloon is now on sale with prices starting from £27,875 for the A180 d Sport diesel and £28,095 for the A 200 Sport petrol.
Sport models come as standard with Mercedes’ MBUX voice activation system, DAB digital radio, two-zone climate control, lane assist, a speed limiter and a set of smart 17-inch alloy wheels. Sadly, they also come with tiny seven-inch infotainment screens that don’t really cut it when compared with the pretty interior surroundings.
Unfortunately, that’s not a problem that is fixed by upgrading to an AMG Line model, although they do get sharper looks outside and in courtesy of 18-inch wheels and an AMG body kit, AMG steering wheel and half (man-made) leather seats.
The route to infotainment enlightenment begins with the Executive Equipment pack. It costs £1,395 but gets you a 10.25-inch central screen that’s much more befitting of the rest of the cabin. The pack also includes auto park and heated front seats.
The infotainment can be improved further by upgrading to the £2,395 Premium Equipment pack. It includes everything you get with the Executive pack, but gets rid of the remaining seven-inch screen behind the steering wheel – sticking another 10.25-inch display in its place. To it you can add 64-colour ambient lighting, keyless go, an upgraded stereo, illuminated door sills and a rear-centre armrest.
Spend £3,595 – this time for the Premium Plus pack – and you get all the equipment already mentioned plus electrically-operated front seats with memory functions, auto-dipping multibeam LED headlights and a panoramic glass sunroof.
But infotainment nirvana is only reached when you spec the £495 Advanced Navigation pack, which you can only have in combination with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus packs.
It gives you the augmented sat-nav directions that set the A-Class out from any other car – including expensive luxury saloons – by using a camera in the top of the windscreen to overlay directions onto an image of the road ahead. That cool feature comes bundled together with Traffic Sign Assist that can read road signs – for things like speed limits – and display them on the car’s infotainment screen.
New 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon styling
You’re unlikely to be disappointed with the new 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon’s styling thanks to it distinctive single-louvre grille, huge Mercedes badge, slimline headlights and short overhangs. It looks sporty and expensive.
It’s only when you look at the car in profile that you’ll notice a huge difference to the A-Class hatchback, though – namely the saloon car-style boot. A significantly more subtle change is the relocation of the door mirrors from the corners of the front windows to the tops of the front doors. Basic models come with 16-inch wheels, but you can specify them up to 18 or 19 inches in size if you wish.
The two-part taillights show off their intricate detail at night and, depending on which version of the A-Class Saloon you go for, you can choose from a rear bumper with a chrome strip of one with an integrated rear diffuser.
Aside from just looking good, the A-Class saloon is also extremely aerodynamic – equalling the world record Cd figure of 0.22 set by the Mercedes CLA. To do it, the A-Class Saloon features a smooth underbody and a grille with two flaps that can close at speed to help smooth the airflow around the car.
New 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon interior design
The best part of the 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon comes when you get inside, though – its interior is arguably class-leading in terms of style and infotainment.
You could easily be fooled into thinking you’re looking at pictures of the £75,000 Mercedes S-Class saloon thanks to the A-Class’ turbine-style air vents, expensive-looking trim pieces and chrome buttons. Ambient light with 64 selectable colours is an option that’ll make the cabin look even more eye-catching at night.
New 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon infotainment
You can have the new 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon with a range of three infotainment options.
The entry-level setup is worth avoiding, though. It has a centre seven-inch infotainment screen and a seven-inch screen that replaces your conventional dials behind the steering wheel. In an interior that looks as pretty as the A-Class Saloon’s the wide expanse of plastics between the two screens looks ugly and the screens themselves have a low resolution.
The mid-range setup – with a seven and a 10.25-inch screen looks a lot better – but it’s worth going for the top-of-the-range system with two high-res 10.25-inch displays. It features Mercedes’ amazing augmented on-screen sat-nav directions, which displays the road ahead complete with directions that appear to be hovering above it. Not only does it look very cool, it’s also functional – clearly marking your turn on roads where it is easy to lose your bearings such as large roundabouts and complex junctions.
The MBUX voice activation system fitted to all versions isn’t quite so good, it is supposed to recognise spoken commands, activated by the words ‘Hey Mercedes’. In practice, though, it gets muddled very easily and isn’t anywhere as good as an in-home system such as Amazon’s Echo.
On the plus side, the clever sat-nav system can display cloud-supplied information on nearby parking availability and fuel prices and it can also route around congestion based on information from other cars – much like the Waze navigation app.
New 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon practicality
Up front, the 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon will be very similar to the hatchback with a driver’s seat that offers a wide range of adjustment so you can get comfortable whether your tall or small.
In the back, Mercedes is claiming ‘above average’ shoulder and elbow room, and ‘class-leading’ headroom for your rear seat passengers. Meanwhile, the 420-litre boot should be big enough for a couple of large suitcases, although it’s a touch smaller than the one you’ll find in the Audi A3 Saloon.
New 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon autonomous driving
Sadly, the 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon isn’t yet available with fully autonomous driving aids that allow it to drive itself.
That said, automatic emergency braking comes as standard and it can mitigate – or avoid entirely – front-end collisions with other cars, pedestrians or cyclists. It will even brake the car if it’s bumped from behind to try and avoid you hitting the car in front.
If you do a lot of motorway driving it’s worth considering the optional active cruise control. It can brake and accelerate the A-Class saloon to maintain a set distance from the car in front, before returning to a preselected cruising speed when the way is clear.
Lane assist is another feature that takes the strain out of motorway driving by vibrating the steering wheel if you start to stray out of your lane. The system can brake one side of the car to keep you in lane if you try to pull out in front of a car that’s barreling up behind you or if you float over a solid centre line.
In addition to these features, the A-Class Saloon can be fitted with Multibeam LED headlights. Each headlight contains 18 separate LEDs that are independently controlled by a computer that can identify oncoming traffic and deactivate the LEDs to create a dark spot around it – allowing you to use your full-beam headlights even in the presence of other traffic.
New 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon engines
The 2019 Mercedes A-Class Saloon’s engine range will be limited to just one petrol and one diesel, both of which come fitted with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and basic rear suspension.
More powerful models – to be announced at a later date – come with sophisticated, multi-link rear suspension that’ll do a better job of smoothing out bumpy roads, the same system will be fitted to models with optional 4Matic four-wheel drive and adaptive dampers.
For now, though, the petrol A200 looks to be the pick of the range. Despite its name, it has a tiny 1.3-litre capacity but the wonders of turbocharging mean it produces 162hp and can return fuel economy of more than 50mpg. The same engine is fitted to the A-Class hatchback where it proves to be a nippy performer and quiet on the motorway.
‘Nippy’ isn’t a word you’d use for the 116hp 1.5-litre diesel engine it feels ponderous in town and on the motorway, but if you can bare its snail pace, it’ll return fuel economy of up to 70mpg.
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