Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Let’s start here first, because the features and price are the only differences between this A 250 and the one which will eventually replace it.
This A 250 lists for $49,500, before on-road costs, and while Mercedes-Benz won’t tell us how much more its replacement will cost, we do know the previous fully-kitted up A 250 was $55,200. You can expect to pay the same, if not more, for the new one when it arrives later in 2019.
The catch is this current A 250 doesn’t come with the the upcoming one's high level of equipment. Instead it has the same standard features as the A 200. But the good news is, the A 200’s equipment list is impressive.
So, mirroring the A 200’s features, this A 250 comes standard with two 10.25-inch displays, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a nine-speaker stereo with digital radio, wireless charging, climate control, single-colour ambient lighting, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, auto parking and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The A 250 like the A 200 also comes with the 'Hey Mercedes' MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) function which is Benz’s in-house take on Apple’s Hey Siri virtual assistant system. Thing is, the A 200 costs $2300 less than the A 250.
I know what you’re wondering. If this A 250 is more expensive more than the A 200 but has the same standard features, why does it cost more? The answer is the powertrain and chassis. And that’s what makes this A 250 good value. Skip to the next section on engines and I’ll explain.