Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The A-Class will arrive in the first half of 2019, and while pricing and specification are still being finalised, the recently updated hatch range does offer some concrete guidance.
Expect the A200 to arrive first, followed by an A180 and A250 to complete the regular range. A go-fast AMG A45 will follow, and Benz in Australia is considering an AMG A35, too. You’ll have noticed there are no diesels on the list - they won’t be landing in Oz. At least, not at this stage.
To put pricing into perspective, the new A200 hatch will set you back $47,200, and Benz suggests a price jump of around $2k for an equivalent sedan. So, while the numbers aren’t confirmed, we wouldn’t be expecting much change from $50k for the A200 sedan.
You can expect specification to mirror the hatch range, so for the first-arriving A200, expect 18-inch alloy wheels, auto-dipping LED headlights with LED DRLs, keyless entry and push-button start, navigation, climate-control air-conditioning and powered seats in the front.
The good news for Aussie buyers is that much of the best tech stuff will be included as standard on even the cheapest cars, including the twin digital displays (now touchscreens) that dominate the dash and a simplified version of Mercedes’ voice assistant (like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa). For out-of-the-car connected services, like restaurant advice or internet access, you’ll need to pay for a data plan with Mercedes, with prices still being finalised.
There’s a wireless-charging pad and an army of phone connection and charging points, but our favourite thing by far is the augmented-reality feature added to the navigation, which beams a live image of the road ahead of you onto the screen when you’re approaching a turn, complete with floating arrows to tell you exactly where you should be turning in real time.