Review of A-Class 2008 by Mercedes-Benz
Safer, better equipped and more fuel efficient than ever, the two models will appeal to those who want to switch to a smaller car, but are not willing to sacrifice quality or creature comforts.
Leading the charge in the economic stakes is a diesel in the A Class range for the first time, the A180 CDI uses at least 5.0 liters of fuel per 100km.
The major upgrade saw Benz’s launch of some advanced fuel-saving technologies, but the way it eliminated it differently on what we missed about what we would actually have. OK.
The big news is that the addition of a model of compressed natural gas (CNG) within the B Class, according to the statement, could cut operating costs by 50%.
The issue we’re concerned about is that the infrastructure needed to refuel the vehicle does not currently exist outside the bus stop, so it will not appear on the shopping list soon.
An ECO ‘fuel-efficient engine cut-off system has also been introduced as an option in both ranges, killing the engine when the vehicle is stopped, for example at traffic lights – helping to reduce fuel consumption.
This system has been shown in tests to cut fuel consumption by 9%, but unfortunately, it is only available with manual gasoline models at this stage.
And, because Benz sells very few manuals here, it’s also not of interest at this stage – but this may change as soon as technology is deployed to include automatic and diesel models. .
We also miss the Blue Efficiency package, a new brand for cars that are particularly economical and environmentally compatible, have a lightweight construction, lower air and roll resistance and power management. amount more effectively.
It is only packed with smaller A160 diesel engines that the company doesn’t offer in Australia.
However, it is not all and gloomy, because we will get a new active parking assistance system.
Like similar systems provided by other manufacturers, it will most likely back up for you, check if the parking space is wide enough and guide the car into position after the driver selects a reverse gear. – without the driver touching the wheel steering wheel.
It will be a boon for motorists who would rather do a second round of blocks, rather than solving the difficult task of parking their car with traffic waiting.
The new A and B Classes including the new A180 CDI diesel engine will arrive in September, but we were invited to preview the cars this week at the international launch in Berlin.
A departure from the rear-wheel drive cars the company has traditionally manufactured, front-wheel drive has proven very popular since its introduction – A Class in 1997, B eight years later. in 2005.
Many people including those in the industry who reject cars are pretending to be Benze, but this view is shortsighted and ignores their intrinsic reality.
At 4273mm, the B Class is 39cm longer and a few millimeters wider than its siblings.
Both ranges have been overhauled inside and out, with new lights, bumpers and grille mandating a more prominent three-pointed star.
Engines and transmissions remain the same but have been improved to create better fuel economy and less harmful emissions.
The combination of Class A and B currently accounts for 18% of Benz’s sales in Australia and currently, nearly 25% of Benze sold here is now diesel.
The A180 CDI will only be available in five-door form with a six-speed manual standard and using the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that has provided the B180 for some time.
It has been added to meet customers’ strong demand for A-class diesel engines.
We personally have always found Class A a little mite for our tastes and believe that the larger Class B is more suited to our roads and environment.
That’s the car Benz should build from the start.
Sales speak louder than words and Class B has quickly surpassed the smaller stores.
The B180 with a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo diesel is an old favorite.
With 80kW of power and 250 Nm of torque on the hose, fuel consumption is claimed to be 5.2-5.4 liters / 100km, down from the previous 5.8, for a range of more than 1000km.
The car is an ideal size for the city, can sit comfortably for four adults, with plenty of rear leg room and a good sized luggage area.
We want to see a bit more power from the engine and in fact there’s a more powerful version with 103kW and 300Nm.
But Benz says that a small increase in performance will not prove the car’s extra cost, so we’ll have to be happy with what we’ve got.
The lighter A180 with the same engine delivers even better results at 5.0-5.2 liters / 100km, but due to the noticeably smaller size inside.