ON THE ROAD: MERCEDES-BENZ A200 SEDAN

A sedan version?

Obviously the A200 sedan is related to the A200 hatch. In fact, one could say they are fraternal twins, since they basically share the same architecture and DNA. Except of course, for one small thing; shape. This car is the sedan, differentiated from its hatch sibling by the presence of a conventional boot at the back. That then necessitates a different design and look in that same area, consisting additionally of an integrated boot spoiler, LED lights cluster and bumper. It is worth mentioning that this is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever A-Class sedan (the CLA is considered a 4-door coupe).

And the interior?

Exactly the same. Let’s quote ourselves shall we: “Mercedes-Benz has improved the car’s interior surfaces quite noticeably. There is a mixed use of leather, piano black, light alloys and plastics, where these are placed mainly where one expects to find them. The flat-bottomed, multifunction, perforated steering wheel is easy to hold on to and manually adjustable for height and reach. The [man-made] leather seats are also manually-adjustable.” This time though, our test unit did come fitted with satellite navigation, heated front seats, Head up Display, a panoramic sunroof, and a 26cm touch screen to accompany MBUX infotainment system. MBUX – in addition to the usual Bluetooth and USB connectivity, can also hook up the smart phone into Android Auto and Apple Carplay.

How is the powertrain?

While the A200 sedan is powered by the same 1.3-litre turbo motor found in the hatch, we found the combo more pliable here. Sedans are generally designed to be more family-oriented cars than hatches, which might explain this difference. Of course Mercedes-Benz would disagree, but our experience is what we refer to. The car is also more planted when it comes to cornering, with a better poise than its hatch sibling. Perhaps the boot gives it more balance.

In conclusion?

Mercedes-Benz is really slicing the hairs pretty thin in this segment, if you consider that there is the A-Class hatch, A-Class sedan and also CLA. Very little separates the three in terms of overall offer, bar one or two nuances as we have listed. In the end price and purpose will determine which one will be more successful.

QUICK STATS

MERCEDES-BENZ A200 SEDAN

ENGINE: 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol

POWER: 120kW / 161 PS at 5 500rpm; 

TORQUE: 250Nm at 1 620rpm

0 – 100KM/H: 7.0 seconds (Gauteng tested)

GEARBOX: 7-speed automatic

DRIVE: front-wheel-drive

TOP SPEED: 225km/h

FUEL AVERAGE:  7.1 l/100km

CO2 e: 128 g/km

PRICE STANDARD: R533 906

NATURAL RIVALS: Audi A3 sedan 35 TFSI

*PRICE RIVALS: MINI JCW hatch, Mercedes-Benz B200, Toyota Fortuner 2.4 GD, Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCI double cab XLS

BABE-MAGNETIC FACTOR: Very High

*A price rival falls within R30 000 or so of the subject’s price on either side of its price spectrum for cars over R350 000, R20 000 for cars of between R250 000 and R350 000 and R10 000 for cars below R250 000.

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