LOWER-COST MERCEDES A-CLASS: THE A180

Mercedes-Benz_A180_frontA relatively affordable model in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class range, the A180 hatchback will go on sale in February 2019. It has a recommended retail price (MRLP) of $42,300.

Merc A180 uses the Style Equipment Line with its distinctive diamond radiator grille complementing the so-called “predator face” styling.

New A180 has the same MBUX multimedia system as in all other variants in the new A-Class range. This includes two 10.25-inch screens and the ‘Hey Mercedes’ interface that recognises and enacts countless common commands. It also can learn the habits and preferences of the driver and prompt them with helpful suggestions.

The central display screen responds to touch, there is also a touchpad in the centre console. The latest-generation Mercedes steering wheel has buttons that respond to smartphone-style swipes and presses.

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Convenience and comfort features include satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, smartphone integration, keyless start, and sports seats in ARTICO upholstery.

Though the name suggests a 1.8-litre powerplant the A180 is powered by a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with a neat 100 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque. It drives through to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Official combined fuel consumption figure is 5.7 litres per 100km.

Safety features include active lane keep assist, active parking assist, with Parktronic, blind spot assist with exit warning, active brake assist, traffic sign assist, a reversing camera and LED headlights.

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Though not landing here till February, the Mercedes A180 is now available for order from all Australian Mercedes dealers.

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