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Mercedes-Benz A-Class: Practical, Functional and Stylish

Giancarlo Perlas June 20, 2016

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The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the most anticipated Mercedes compact hatchback. The company aims to target younger urbanites to its compact sedan that has a sleek exterior and elegant interior.

It didn’t disappoint.

The A-Class is practical, functional and good-looking. Mercedes has finally turned the A-Class into a real contender, taking pride on its more conventional five-door hatch compared to the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series.

The 2016 mid-cycle refresh did little in exterior and interior design, and the engine stays the same save for some minor improvements.

On the outside, the 2016 Mercedes A-Class looks similar to its predecessor, except for the redesigned bumpers, a slightly more upright grille, and restyled LED headlamps. At the rear, there’s also a redesigned bumper with integrated exhaust tips and revised LED taillights.

Inside, the upgrades are minimal. New features include a revised instrument cluster with new dial graphics, and a free-standing display that has a larger, eight-inch screen.

The A-Class has a total of four engines and 12 trim levels, most of which are similar to its predecessor. The gasoline range, the A160, has a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder that can produce 102 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.

On the other hand, the A180 and A180 Blue Efficiency Edition will both feature the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder that generates 122 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque.

The A200, meanwhile, packs 156 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

The diesel range has a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder that comes in three variants: the A160 produces 90 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque while the A180 and the A180d Blue Efficiency Edition can come up with 109 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, respectively.

The A250 Sport is the quickest of the lot, going 0-62 mph in just 6.3 seconds.

Pricing starts at $27,268.

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