Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review 2022 | Honest John

2022-04-26 02:46:22 By : Mr. Leaf Ye

Innovative infotainment system that looks great, really posh-feeling interior, comfortable and secure to drive.

Merely so-so on practicality, Smartphone integration should be standard across the board, A200 petrol engine not refined enough.

The previous Mercedes A-Class was successful despite its abilities rather than because of them, but the latest 2018 version stands with the very best cars in the premium hatchback class. The competition - in the form of the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf - is extremely good in a vast number of ways, but so is the A-Class. Well worthy of your consideration.

The A-Class has come a long way since the early days. First introduced in 1997 as some weird scaled-down MPV-type contraption that’d fall over at the merest sight of an elk, it would gradually morph over the years into a more conventional prestige hatchback that would form the entry-point into Mercedes-Benz ownership, and delight image-conscious buyers on a budget along the way.

For all their popularity, though, previous versions of the A-Class have been, well, not all that good. Not bad, you understand, just not as good as the excellent cars with which they were required to compete, those being the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. These rivals were better to drive, more practical and higher in quality than the A-Class, and of course, no less desirable.

This fourth-generation model, though, is a different matter entirely. While the Audi and BMW are better and more desirable than ever, the baby Benz has really caught up.

Finally, it delivers the comfortable, sophisticated driving experience that you expect from a Mercedes, while it also has its rivals matched on space and versatility. Where quality is concerned, it still doesn’t have quite the bullet-proof solidity of assembly that its rivals do, but if anything, it has them beaten for poshness and theatre.

Much of that is thanks to simply stunning materials, and the rest is down to the high-tech infotainment system that dominates the cabin, with its twin screens, sharp graphics and feature-rich functionality.

The list of standard equipment is a little bit hit-and-miss (not all versions have Apple Carplay/Android Auto, for example), but most of what you need is provided, plus more besides. Safety kit is also well catered for, and with a range of punchy and efficient engines, running costs will be on a par with those of the key rivals, as will purchase prices.

Is it the best car in the class? Well, no, we don’t think so: we think that honour falls to the BMW 1 Series once all things are considered. However, the margins are tight, and different cars suit different people. If you’re after a comfortable car that dazzles with its infotainment kit and its luxurious interior, then the A-Class might well be pick-of-the-class for you.

Looking for a second opinon? Why not read heycar's Mercedes-Benz A-Class review.

Whether you wind up sitting in the front or the back of the A-Class, you’ll get a very similar amount of space to that which you get in the car’s main rivals from Audi and BMW, so there’s enough headroom and legroom for tall folk to be comfortable, but without going the extra mile. 

Space aside, though, there are subtle differences. On the plus side, carrying three across the rear bench will be slightly more comfortable in the Merc due to its lower transmission tunnel, while on the negative side, the Benz’s small, oddly shaped rear door openings make getting in and out slightly awkward.

There’s virtually nothing in it for boot space, either, and all three cars should cope well enough with the needs of a small family. The Merc’s back seats can be folded 40-20-40 to extend the load area, but the backrests lie at a slight angle, and there’s an annoying lip at the entrance of the boot that you’ll need to lug heavy items over.

The quality of the materials makes you feel like you’re in an executive saloon rather than a family hatchback, and importantly, they’re as good as anything else in the class.

The twin screens and big, substantial-feeling air vets also help give the interior plenty of theatre, and the various injections of stitched leather, wood, chrome and glossy black panelling means there’s real variety in the colours and textures on show.

However swish, though, the A-Class’ interior doesn’t feel quite as solid or substantial as rivals from Audi and BMW: pokes and prods in certain places result in a few more creaks and flexes than they do in the other German cars.

The A-Class’ cabin is dominated by two screens that are mounted side-by-side in front of the driver. These take most of the car’s various functions, plus the information that would usually be delivered on conventional analogue instruments, and presents them all in one integrated unit. 

The system is controlled by tapping and swiping at the left-hand screen, or by using the laptop-style touchpad and shortcut buttons located on the central partition between the front seats.

The graphics are really sharp and the menus have a fairly logical layout, so it’s pretty easy to find your way around the system, but the touchpad controller is less precise, and more distracting than the iDrive rotary dial you get in a BMW 1 Series.

That said, you can also operate the system via a sophisticated voice control system that’s designed to recognise natural speech rather than specific commands.

The exact nature of your system will depend on the trim you choose. In SE, Sport and AMG Line trims, both screens measure 7.0 inches, and the system supports DAB radio, Bluetooth and hard-disk navigation, but not Apple Carplay/Android Auto. Smartphone integration is provided - along with wireless phone charging - if you upgrade to Sport Executive or AMG Line Executive trims, and what’s more your left-hand screen is upgraded to a bigger 10.25-inch item.

Upgrade further to AMG Line Premium or Premium Plus, and your right-hand screen is upgraded to the same size, and you also get an upgraded 225W sound system and augmented reality for your sat-nav. This overlays instruction graphics over a camera image of the road ahead of you, pointing out precisely where you should be going. It looks really cool, and it’s also really handy.

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At the time of writing, prices for brand new A-Classes started at just over £25,000 for the entry-level A180d SE manual, and rose to £37,480 for the A250e AMG Line Premium Plus. The version that we reckon makes most sense, meanwhile, the A180d Sport Executive, checks in at a shade over £28,000. As you might expect, there’s very little to pick between the Merc and its premium rivals on price.

All three options will be considerably more expensive than more mainstream hatchbacks, but buyers will be more than prepared for that.

It’s always worth checking Merc’s website for finance offers, too. At the time of writing, we saw the A180 SE being offered for £225 per month on a four-year PCP following an initial deposit of around £3,600, equating to a discount of around £3,000.

Do bear in mind, though, that the A-Class won’t cling onto its value quite so tightly as the A3 or 1 Series, meaning heavier depreciation losses, but for second-hand buyers, it means that used examples will be that much more affordable, even if we are only talking fractions.

The A250e is the stand-out performer according to official WLTP figures, because it managed a return of up to 282mpg in laboratory tests. Good luck matching that figure in the real world, though.

Otherwise, the diesels get the best returns, the A180d with a figure of up to 62mpg, while the A200d gets 57mpg and the A220d gets 55mpg. With the petrol, the A180 and A200 both deliver figures of 47mpg, while the A250 does 41mpg.

It’s worth noting, too, that on the engines where you have the choice of a manual or automatic gearbox, it makes very little difference to your fuel return.

If you eliminate the racy AMG models from your thinking, then insurance groupings for the A-Class start at 17 and top-out at 31. However, most versions sit closer to the bottom end of that scale than to the top, so as long as you keep your choice of engine reasonably humble, your insurance premiums should be nice and affordable.

Check out the various reliability surveys doing the rounds, and you’ll find that Mercedes doesn’t perform as well as you might expect, usually figuring towards the foot of the table for manufacturers. It usually outperforms Audi and BMW, though.

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The A-Class soaks up minor road imperfections effectively, and it doesn’t thud too much over sharp-edged potholes, either, making it one of the more comfortable cars in the class.

You will feel the body float a bit more on undulating roads, but not to a degree where you’ll be bouncing around uncontrollably.

You will feel a bit more body lean in bends than you do in Audi and BMW, too, so it doesn’t feel quite as sharp or as agile. However, the body roll is progressive and predictable, so fast direction changes aren’t unsettling, while there’s plenty of grip and precise, accurate steering. 

What’s more, we’ve tried the A-Class on a range of different wheel sizes, which can often have a profound effect on how a car rides and handles. But, on the cars we’ve tried, it makes very little difference.

The A180d has a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 116PS. It feels very perky and keen to react initially, which gives it a pleasingly peppy character, but if you really put your foot down, you’ll find that you won’t get quite the level of performance promised by your initial prod of the pedal.

That said, it’ll be more than brisk enough for most drivers, and it’s our favourite of the engines we’ve tried so far. We haven’t yet tried the other diesels on offer, the A200d and A220d, both 2.0-litre offerings with 150PS and 190PS, respectively.

The petrol range kicks off with the A180, which uses a turbocharged 1.3-litre engine that produces 136PS, but we haven’t tried that one yet, either.

We have, however, tried the A200, which has a 163PS version of the same engine. Again, it feels fairly responsive from low down in the rev range, making your progress easy and relaxed, but if you work it harder, you might be surprised that it doesn’t deliver more.

If you ignore the sporty AMG 35 and 45 models (which we will for the purposes of this review), the range-topping petrol engine is the A250, which has a 2.0-litre unit with 224PS.

We haven’t tried it yet, and unfortunately, neither have we tried the most interesting version, the A250e. This plug-in hybrid uses the 1.3-litre petrol engine found in the A180 and A200, and combines it with an electric motor to produce 218PS.

The A-Class has already achieved the maximum five-star rating after being smashed to bits by the experts at Euro NCAP, and when you consider the super-impressive amount of standard safety equipment on board, that’s no great surprise.

As well as all the usual stability aids and airbags, you get automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, and a speed limit display in your instrument panel. There’s also an active pop-up bonnet to give better protection for pedestrians if one has the misfortune to connect with the front of your car.

Sport cars and upwards have super-bright LED headlamps, while AMG Line Premium Plus cars have cleverer multibeam ones with an active high-beam function. There’s also an option package that bundles up a range of even cleverer driver assistance systems, including blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control and automatic adoption of speed limits, but you have only add it to the very top trim level. There’s no spare wheel on any version, either, with a pot of tyre sealant provided in each case.

Mercedes has a fondness for confusing trim structures, so you might have to bear with us on this one. The entry-level car is the SE and it actually comes with a very good level of standard kit.

Aside from all the infotainment and safety kit mentioned earlier, you get alloy wheels, four powered windows, cruise control, part-leather-effect upholstery, a leather steering wheel, heated front seats, keyless go, a reversing camera and single-zone climate control.

Upgrading to Sport trim adds two-zone climate, LED headlamps and a chrome strip actress your radiator grille, but that’s about it, although it adds plenty to the car’s price. AMG Line trim adds a more comprehensive range off sporty styling upgrades, along with privacy glass and sports seats.

Then there are Sport Executive and AMG Line Executive trims, which take their respective trims and add front- and rear parking sensors and a system that helps steer you into parallel parking spaces, along with upgraded infotainment kit. AMG Line Premium upgrades you infotainment further and adds 64-colour ambient lighting, while the ludicrously named AMG Line Premium Plus trim adds an electric panoramic roof and electric front seats.

Report of repeated failure of driver instrument display of 2019 Mercedes-Benz A250 bought as an ex-demonstrator at 3,500 miles in June 2019. Frequently it does not switch on leaving a black screen in front of the driver with no means of viewing the speedo, petrol guage, or ensuring the transmission is in reverse, drive or park.

Report of failure of driver display on new 2019/69 Merceded Benz A 220 AMG Premium Plus a couple of days after purchase.

Reports of issues with reader's Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Dealer's had the car for three weeks:

1. Speed Limit Assist feature not working correctly. This feature is designed to keep the driver informed of the prevailing speed limit at all times. The fault manifests itself in a number of different ways but one simple example is driving past a de-restriction sign will sometimes correctly show the 60mph limit symbol on the dash until the next speed limit sign or on other occasions it will show a de-restriction symbol for 10 seconds followed by no symbol. 2. Active Lane Assist, designed to sense when the vehicle is unintentionally crossing a white line and applying the brakes on one side to keep the vehicle in lane, however, this frequently senses things other than white lines. These might be lines of shiny bitumen, rivulets of water or boxes around bus stops which means that when it senses these the brakes are incorrectly applied which can be dangerous. 3. New problem introduced by software update FU2/063, Personal POI's do not give Visual or Audible Warnings. This worked correctly on the previous release of software. 4. Easy Entry/Exit, seat not working correctly. This feature is intended to position the drivers seat for Easy Entry/Exit then move it to the driving position when the ignition is switched on. Intermittent problem where when entering the car and switching the ignition on the seat briefly moves backwards and then returns to the Easy Entry/Exit position. 5. Top LED dash strip not as bright as other LED strips. The strip has been replaced twice and is now better than it was originally. The dealer agrees that this is not correct but has no solution. 6. When turning at low speed proximity sensors report non-existent hazards. Turning right off a main road, if a vehicle has just passed on the right the proximity alarm will sound continually as you start to turn despite the passing vehicle having already gone past, indeed the alarm seems to be locked on for about 5 seconds. This is exceedingly distracting and therefore dangerous but Mercedes have no solution. 7. A plastic rather than metallic rattle from somewhere at the back of the car. Several attempts have been made to correct this without success.

The A-Class gets a longer wheelbase and character line along the side. The bonnet slopes down more heavily than in the preceding model series, emphasising the dynamic, upright front.

The larger wheel arches for wheels from 16 to 19 inches emphasise the sportiness of the new A-Class and make it sit more squarely on the road. The dashboard is divided into two three-dimensional, horizontal sections: the lower section is visually separated from the main body of the dashboard by a "trench", and it appears to float in front of the dashboard.

The ambient lighting enhances this effect, accentuating the free-floating impression of the substructure. The 64 colours of the optional ambient lighting make five times as many colours available than before. And it is not just the variety that has increased, as the emotive presentation also sets standards in this segment: the different colours are composed into ten colour worlds to allow an avant-garde lighting display with spectacular colour changes.

More shoulder, elbow and headroom plus easier access to the rear are clear benefits, as is the larger and more family- and recreation-friendly luggage compartment. All-round visibility has also been considerably improved. This enhances both safety and the impression of spaciousness.

The capacity of the luggage compartment behind the rear seats is 370 litres – 29 litres more than in the preceding model. Thanks to two-section rear lights, the loading aperture is 20 cm wider than before, and the luggage compartment floor is 11.5 cm longer.

During the development of the A-Class, particular attention was given to high overall structural rigidity and the connecting points between the body, suspension and powertrain. Significant increases in introduction rigidities were especially achieved at the suspension connecting points that are so important to road roar, and the interior noise level was considerably reduced.

The comprehensive noise insulation concept of the new A-Class includes components such as the air and coolant management systems or trim parts in the interior being configured so as to improve noise insulation as well. Wind noises have also been significantly reduced compared to the preceding model.

The following three engine variants are available on the launch of the A-Class.

A 200 (163PS and 250Nm) with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission combined fuel consumption 5.1 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 120 g/km) or six-speed manual transmission (combined fuel consumption 5.6 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 133 g/km)

A 250 with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (224PS and 350Nm; combined fuel consumption 6.0 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 141 g/km)

A 180 d with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (116PS and 26 Nm; combined fuel consumption 4.1 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions 108 g/km)

There is a choice of suspension systems for the A-Class, depending on engine variant and driver preference. 16-inch wheels are standard equipment. DYNAMIC SELECT is standard equipment, and at the touch of a button also provides an individual driving experience in conjunction with the suspension with active damping control (optional).

Like all its predecessors, the new A-Class has a McPherson front suspension. The more powerful versions such as the A 250 and all 4MATIC models have a sophisticated four-link rear suspension.

As standard the new A-Class is equipped with a comfort suspension with steel springs and DYNAMIC SELECT. The comfort suspension lowered by 15 millimetres has specially configured springs and dampers for more sporty characteristics. The suspension with active damping control enables the driver to choose the preferred damping characteristics.

It is powered by a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with output of 306PS and 400Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 4.7 seconds. Prices start at £35,580.

The AMG Speedshift DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission also contributes to the agile and dynamic character of the new A 35 4MATIC. The gear ratios have been configured so that the driver experiences very spontaneous acceleration in all speed ranges, combined with fast shifting and optimum connections when shifting up.

The standard RACE-START function allows maximum acceleration from stationary and is a highly emotional experience. The functions of the DCT 7G transmission are rounded off with a temporary M mode activated by operating the steering wheel shift paddles in any driving mode, and with the manual transmission mode “M” for manual gear shifting with the shift paddles.

The optional Adaptive Damping System enables the driver to choose between three different suspension control modes. The spectrum ranges from comfort-focused to sporty. The system operates fully automatically, adapting the damping forces for each wheel according to the driving situation and road conditions. This happens within milliseconds and is infinitely variable, with a wide spread of damping characteristics. The result is that ride comfort and agility are enhanced in equal measure.

The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. Depending on the drive program selected the sound is modulated from balanced to powerful.

In the new A 35 4MATIC too MBUX replaces the previous COMAND systems and creates an even closer connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers. Emotionally appealing presentations underline the clear control structure and feature brilliant maximum-resolution 3D graphics.

Two new diesel engines have been added to the A-Class range: the A 200 d Sport (£28,805 OTR) and the A 220 d AMG Line (£30,005 OTR).

The clean and efficient OM654q engines have been tested to new RDE-2 standards. These engines will also feature in the new B-Class.

Company car drivers will benefit from tax savings due to the removal of the four per cent BIK diesel surcharge for the life of the vehicle. Private customers will also benefit from a lower road fund licence, allowing a one band saving.

This means purchasing the new A 220 d AMG Line can provide business users, who pay 40 per cent income tax, a cost saving of £460.68 over three years in comparison to the old model.

The A 200 d features a 2.0-litre diesel engine with an output of 150PS and 320Nm of torque. It delivers up to 67.3mpg on the combined cycle and emits 110g/km of CO2. It can travel from 0 to 62 mph in 8.1 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 137mph.

The A 220 d is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine which produces 190PS and 400Nm of torque. It can achieve 65.7 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 114 g/km of CO2. It can travel from 0 to 62mph in 7.0 seconds and has a top speed of 146 mph.

Both engines come standard with an 8G-DCT 8-Speed automatic transmission.

The A 200 d is available in two trims: Sport and AMG Line, while the A 220 d is only available in the AMG Line trim.

The Sport trim line comes as standard with: MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation; seven-inch cockpit display and seven-inch touchscreen media display; reversing camera; 17-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels; hard-disk navigation; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Speed Limit Assist; comfort suspension; DAB radio; Keyless-Go starting function; automatic two-zone climate control; LED high performance headlights and tail lamps; and dark carbon fibre trim with Artico and Fléron fabric upholstery.

AMG Line customers will benefit from 18-inch five-twin-spoke AMG alloy wheels; diamond radiator grille; AMG bodystyling; Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery; and three-spoke sports steering wheel.

There are a number of option packages available. The Executive equipment line costs £1,395 and includes 10.25-inch media display; Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC; Heated front seats; and mirror package which includes electrically folding exterior mirrors and automatically-dimming driver’s side mirror and rear view mirror.

The £2,395 Premium package – only available in conjunction with Sport or AMG Line trims - adds 10.25-inch instrument cluster; ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours; illuminated door sills; Keyless-Entry (lock/unlock); Mid-range sound system; and rear armrest.

For £3,595 customers can opt for the Premium Plus equipment line (in conjunction with Sport or AMG Line trims) which, in addition to the Premium equipment line, adds electrically-adjustable front memory seats; Multibeam LEDs with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; and a Panoramic glass sunroof.

The Driving Assistance package is available for £1,695 – only in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines - and comprises Active Blind Spot Assist; Active Braking Assist with cross-traffic function; Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC; Active Emergency Stop Assist; Active Lane-change Assist; Active Speed Limit Assist; Active Steering Asist; Evasive Steering Assist; Pre-Safe Plus; and route-based speed adjustment.

The £495 Advanced Navigation package can be added, only in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines, and includes MBUX augmented reality for navigation; and traffic sign assist.

The Advanced Connectivity package (in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus lines) costs £495 and includes smartphone integration; pre-installation of digital vehicle key for smartphone; and wireless phone charging.

With an output of up to 421PS, the completely newly developed 2.0-litre engine is the world's most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder manufactured for series production. Mercedes-AMG has bettered the output of the preceding engine by 40PS while maximum torque has also increased from 475 to up to 500Nm.

In the 45 models, the four-cylinder ensures extremely agile performance in two output classes: with 421PS as the S model and with 387PS in the basic version.

The A 45 S 4MATIC+ takes 3.9 seconds to reach 62mph (CLA 45 S 4MATIC+: 4.0 seconds), while the A 45 4MATIC+ model hits 62mph in 4.0 seconds (CLA 45 4 MATIC+ in 4.1 seconds).

The driver and front passenger are seated in an active position on contoured sport seats with firm lateral support. The standard upholstery as a combination of black ARTICO man-made leather and DINAMICA microfibre is timeless, and creates typical AMG highlights with double topstitching in red. The colour scheme is echoed by the red designo seat belts and the dashboard support trim in black DINAMICA microfibre with a red border. The chromed air vents are likewise upgraded with a red ring. As an alternative an upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather in neva grey/black with mid-grey double topstitching and light-longitudinal-grain aluminium trim is available.

The A 45 S and CLA 45 S even go a step further: yellow highlights reoccur throughout the interior to emphasise the motor racing character of the more powerful models. Also included in the standard equipment are the AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre with contrasting yellow topstitching, a yellow 12 o'clock marking, AMG steering wheel buttons and AMG logo, plus ambience lighting.

In all models, the centre console in high-gloss black with a touchpad as standard has a further control array with additional switches controlling the 3-stage ESP®, the manual transmission mode and the optional adaptive damping system AMG RIDE CONTROL. In combination with the optional leather package, it features a silver chrome console surround.

The characteristic, sporty AMG ambience is also enhanced by the sports pedal cluster of brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, black floor mats with AMG lettering and a surround in a nubuck leather look, the black fabric roof liner and AMG front entry sills in brushed stainless steel with "AMG" lettering.

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S is available to order now with prices starting from £50,570 and rising to £56,570 for the Plus model.

Standard equipment on the A 45 S includes 19-inch five-twin-spoke alloys; red brake callipers; AMG Suspension with AMG Ride Control; AMG-specific radiator grille with a wider lower contour and 12 vertical louvres; wider front wings with flared arches; wider AMG side skirts; two sets of round, twin tailpipes; diffuser; spoiler lip in vehicle colour; AMG DYNAMIC SELECT; AMG Night pack; ARTICO and DINAMICA microfibre performance seats; AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather and DINAMICA microfibre; AMG DRIVE Unit with driver’s package and AMG TRACK PACE; heated front seats; mirror package; parking package; 10.25-inch touch screen media display and 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster; Mercedes-Benz sound system; KEYLESS entry; Mercedes-Benz illuminated door sills; 64-colour ambient lighting; rear arm rest; smartphone integration with wireless charging; and augmented reality satellite navigation.

The Plus model adds AMG Aerodynamic package, including modified front splitter, additional flics on the front apron, an additional diffuser blade, side spoiler lips on the rear apron and a rear spoiler; Adaptive Damping suspension; panoramic sunroof; Multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; 19-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels; electrically-adjustable front memory seats; leather package; Traffic Sign Assist; multi-contour seat package; Burmester surround sound system; and Blind Spot Assist.

Standard safety and assistance equipment on all models includes Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keep Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, and Speed Limit Assist.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Exclusive Edition is now available to order, with prices starting from £31,305 for the A 200 and £34,005 for the A 200 d. The A 250 Exclusive Edition Plus costs £37,320, while the A 220 d is priced from £38,095.

The new Exclusive Edition is based on the AMG Line Executive equipment line which already comes as standard with the innovative MBUX infotainment system, including ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant, and a 10.25-inch high-resolution media display.

The Exclusive Edition adds Night Package including privacy glass; ‘edition’ badging; ‘edition’ floor mats; a black radiator grille; new black upholstery in ARTICO man-made leather and DINAMICA, finished with contrast stitching in light grey.

Highlights also include 19-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish; panoramic sunroof; and 64 colour ambient lighting.

Exclusive Edition Plus – available on A 220 d and A 250 engines – is based on the Premium Plus line; and adds designo mountain grey magno paint; 10.25-inch digital instrument display, illuminated door sills, KEYLESS-GO, rear arm rest MULTIBEAM LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist; Augmented Navigation; Advanced Sound System; front memory seats and 19-inch AMG cross-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in black.

A 220 d Exclusive Edition Plus

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