Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse Limousine, V177, 2018Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, V177, 2018
Mercedes-Benz A-Class has added a sedan range to the hatchback model introduced here late last year. The sedan is 130 millimetres longer and sits six millimetres higher than the hatch. The sedan models have 430 litres of cargo space, an increase of 60 litres over the hatchbacks.

Like its hatchback brother the new A-Class sedan breaks new ground in aerodynamic efficiency. The drag coefficient of 0.22 is the lowest ever measured for a passenger vehicle.

The sedan has the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system that lets you say ‘Hey Mercedes’ followed by any of dozens of common requests from radio and multimedia settings, to navigation and telephony functions, and changes to in-cabin climate or lighting settings.

MBUX also can ‘learn’ the preferences of vehicle occupants and can give occupants with suggestions for common habits or settings. Different drivers can also set up their own profile containing their individual preferences.

All MBUX-equipped models including the A-Class sedan delivered from June 2019 can now join ‘Mercedes me Connect’, the advanced connectivity network that allows the owner to remotely interact with their vehicle, as well as enabling numerous other convenient functions.

Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse Limousine, V177, 2018Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, V177, 2018

This places key vehicle information at the owner’s fingertips via the Mercedes me Connect smartphone app − from tyre pressures, fuel and fluid levels, brake pad condition and mileage, to the vehicle’s exact location, whether parked or in motion.

The Mercedes me Connect app also links directly to the vehicle’s service needs and can receive alerts and updates, and connect directly to a Mercedes-Benz service centre to book a service appointment.

The new A 180 sedan is fitted with a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 100 kilowatts of power and 200 Nm of torque. It’s mated to a 7G DCT seven-speed automatic. Dynamic Select provides a choice of driving modes. Combined fuel consumption is 5.7 litres per 100km.

Other key features include DAB+ digital radio, a nine-speaker audio system with 225-watt output,, ‘Comfort’ seats in ARTICO upholstery, climate control, smartphone integration, a new-generation three-spoke sports steering wheel with touch controllers and shift paddles, Keyless Start, the ‘Style’ equipment line featuring the distinctive ‘diamond’ radiator grille.

Mercedes-Benz A-Klasse Limousine, V177, 2018Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, V177, 2018

The Merc A 200 sedan also has a 1.3-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, but in a different state of tune. This has outputs of 120kW and 250Nm. Interestingly the combined fuel consumption remains the same as in the A180 sedan, that is 5.7L/100km.

The A 200 rides on 18-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels. It has the Mercedes ‘Progressive’ exterior design cues and interior styling, a twin-pipe chrome-tipped exhaust system, four-way electro-pneumatic lumbar support for the driver’s seat, a folding rear armrest, adaptive high beam assist, and wireless charging for eligible phones.

The A 200 sedan is on sale in Australia now. The A 180 is due to arrive in August. Later this year the A 250 sedan and Mercedes-AMG A 35 sedan will join the line-up.

A 180 1.3-litre: $42,300
A 200 1.3-litre: $47,200
A 250 2.0-litre FWD: $48,800
A 250 2.0-litre AWD: $49,500
AMG A 250 2.0-litre: $54,800
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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