A new contender has entered the hot hatch arena and it’s set to cause a stir. The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is entering is a premium hatchback that brings with it a touch of elegance and the promise of class-leading performance.
Mercedes-Benz have completely revised the A-Class, ditching the practical but dull upright styling in favour of a longer, lower and wider five-door hatchback. The long bonnet ends in a large grille with distinctive circular mesh pattern surrounding that familiar three-pointed star. It’s side profile may be a bit ungainly but there’s no question the A-Class has presence and displays an aura of quality.
The interior combines the latest in infotainment systems with full internet access, allowing you to link the touchscreen to your Twitter or Facebook feeds (no, not while you’re driving). The internet connection allows real-time traffic info to update the Garmin sat-nav, all portrayed in a 3D display.
There’s a bevy of new technology to play with too. Collision Prevention Assist warning, Attention Assist, Adaptive Brake Assist, anticipatory Pre-Safe system, Distronic Plus cruise control and the Intelligent Light System.
The A-Class has a range of engines to satisfy most needs, from a 74.3 mpg and 98 g/km diesel to a 211bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol. It’s that new petrol engine that puts the A-Class on Driving Spirit’s radar with a promised 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 149mph. It’s fitted under the bonnet of the A250 AMG Sport, along with a seven-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox, and it puts it right into the mix alongside established favourites such as the Golf GTI and Focus ST.
However, the real performance is yet to come. AMG are working hard on an A45 version right now and it’s expected to have 350bhp and all-wheel drive. In terms of sheer power it’ll go straight to the top of the hot hatch class but will it be more entertaining to drive than the Audi RS3 or BMW M135i?
Mercedes-Benz A250 AMG Sport Specifications
|Engine:||1,991cc Turbocharged Petrol Engine|
|Power:||211 bhp at 5,500rpm|
|Torque:||350 Nm at 1,200-4,000 rpm|
|0-62 mph:||6.6 seconds|
|Top Speed:||149 mph|
|Fuel Economy:||45.6mpg (EU combined)|
|CO2 Emissions:||145 g/km|