Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine: Is it a Good Replacement For A-Class, B-Class and CLA?

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With the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine replacing the A-Class, the B-Class and the CLA, it has a lot of expectations, both, from Mercedes-Benz and the prospective customers. Was it a game changing move by Mercedes? Let’s find out.

A Class Limousine Front

Mercedes-Benz launched the A-Class and the B-Class in India a long time ago to make an entry into the Indian car market. Gradually, bringing the CLA and the C-Class in the picture followed by their elder siblings, Mercedes started making a name for themselves helping them in achieving a prominent brand value. The CLA was largely popular for being the least expensive car from Mercedes in the entry-level luxury sedan segment but with a cramped backseat, people preferred other options. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine and understand if this car has enough to be called as a better replacement for the A-Class, the B-Class and the CLA.

Exterior

Mercedes has launched the A-Class with their new and updated design language. It boasts of the largest dimensions amongst its rivals and judging by stance, it surely looks fresh. The A-Class looks handsome and proportionate from the outside. It has ditched the sloping roofline concept and gives the look of a proper sedan opening up a lot more headroom inside the car. The big Mercedes star sits in the middle of the grille giving it a bold character.

A Class Limousine Rear

Coming to the sides, the car has a simplistic element which makes it look proportional with the 17-inch wheels enhancing the overall look of the car. From the rear, it looks modern with the smart tail lights and looks unmistakably like a Mercedes should. Overall, the design of the car is smart and visually pleasing.

Interior

Despite being an entry-level luxury sedan, Mercedes has done an excellent job on the interior aspect. The interior feels premium and plushness is never ending. The car feels solidly built and the plastic quality inside the cabin is right up there with the competition. There are many feel good elements inside the cabin, such as, the turbine inspired AC vents, metallic switch gear for the climate control and not to forget the huge slab of screen which houses the instrument cluster as well the infotainment screen. The front seats are better than the one on the CLA and offer adjustable head rests this time around. The steering feels big and nice to hold too. The beige upholstery with wooden inserts makes the car feel airy and premium.

A Class Limousine Interior

Mercedes has given the limousine ample features to make it a worthy rival for fellow German competitors. To start with, the single slab of screen houses a 10.25 inch infotainment screen and a 10.25 inch screen for the instrument cluster. Both the screens offer loads of functions and have a clear resolution. The infotainment screen is easy to use and can be operated in multiple ways which include, voice commands, the touch pad in the center console and it is also touch operable. The Mercedes ME Connect application help the users in checking vehicle status, lock-unlock and locate the car among several other features.

Features

The limousine offers, dual zone climate control, rear AC vents, sunroof, wireless charging, rear view camera, 64 colours for the ambient lighting and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Although, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would’ve been a great touch. Mercedes has added a nifty feature called ‘seat kinetics’ which makes the adjustments to the front seats to prevent fatigue on longer drives. Overall, the interior of the A-Class is a nice place to be in with a solidly built cabin and ample features making the experience comfortable inside the car.

Performance

Mercedes has introduced the A-Class with three engine options, two petrol motors and a diesel motor. The petrol engine options are; a 1.3 litre producing 163 bhp and 250 nm of torque and a 2.0 litre producing 306 bhp and 400 nm of torque. The 2.0 litre diesel motor produces 150 bhp and 320 nm of torque. All three engines have a different dynamic with all three getting the job done with minimum fuss. The 1.3 litre turbo petrol is a refined motor which builds up power gradually and is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. It has ample amount of power lower down and offers a relaxing drive. The turbo diesel motor on the other hand, is mated to an 8-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox, offering brisk performance.

The diesel is peppier of the two but has higher NVH levels and one can feel the diesel thrums. The 2.0-litre turbo petrol on the other hand, is the most powerful of the lot and feels the most eager. It is also mated to a 7-speed gearbox and the best part about this engine is that at city speeds, it can mask its character rather nicely but put your foot down and it will instantly put a smile on your face. It is easily the most enthusiastic engine of the lot and would be a great option for keen drivers.

Ride Quality

A Class Limousine Backseat

Jumping in the backseat, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class limousine has much more space than the outgoing CLA, both, in terms of kneeroom and headroom. However, the seats are a bit upright and the seating position is low which can be uncomfortable on longer journeys with lacking under thigh support too. The A-Class is balanced when it comes to handling, the steering is nice and light at city speeds and aids maneuverability becoming heavy at triple digit speeds inspiring confidence. The ride quality is plush as the A-Class rounds up bumps with ease and has a flat ride when cruising at highway speeds.

Safety

Mercedes-Benz A-Class limousine is equipped with all the necessary safety kit. Safety is covered by up to 7 airbags, active brake assist, electronic stability control, rear view camera, hill assist and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

Price

Variants Price (Ex Showroom)
A 200d Rs 40.90 Lakhs
A 200 Rs 39.90 Lakhs
A 35 4MATIC (Petrol) Rs 56.24 Lakhs

 

Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class limousine is the most affordable offering by Mercedes and it surely is a car which has the potential to topple the competition with ease. It has the biggest dimensions, has capable engines and looks modern. The ride and handling with the roomier backseat make it a desirable option in the entry-level luxury sedan segment. Overall, it is a car which could prove to be a game changer for Mercedes helping them in capturing a larger market share.

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