There's also an A220d derivative with 177bhp if you need more power but still want to fuel from the black pump.This third generation A-Class delivered a design that was longer, wider and lower than before, with sharply defined edges and tautly-drawn convex and concave surfaces which seem to constantly change as the light catches them.Not too much has changed in this regard, except at the front where there's a smarter, more angular front bumper below a standard 'diamond' front grille.
Original first and second generation versions of this model were clever, but quirky, with neat, spacious packaging but tall, boxy and resolutely un-sporting looks.In 2012 though, the Stuttgart brand got with the programme and bought us this more dynamic MK3 version.It's proved to be a strong seller, but with the competition also upping its game, the Three-Pointed Star has decided to introduce a package of key enhancements to keep it competitive.The styling hasn't changed much but standards of efficiency certainly have, with the base A180d variable able to return 80.7mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 89g/km of CO2.At the other end of the line-up, the frantically-fast A45 4MATIC hot hatch continues on, able to hit 60mph in 4.2 seconds thanks to a staggering 381PS. This MK3 model A-Class has always offered much more of a sporty drive than its predecessors but many reviewers thought that the original version of this car was just a tad too sporty.
It certainly offered a firmer ride than some buyers were expecting.
Hence Mercedes' decision with this improved model to offer all variants from 'Sport' trim upwards with a 'DYNAMIC SELECT' drive dynamics system able to offer a softer 'Comfort' suspension setting at the press of a button.
Theset-up also offers 'Sport', 'Eco' and 'Individual' options, all of which, like the 'Comfort' setting, also modify throttle, steering and auto gearchange response.
The engine range is much as before, though small tweaks have been made to improve efficiency.
At the foot of the petrol range lie the 122bhp A180 and 156bhp A200 models, with a 218PS A250 variant available for those seeking more power but not able to stretch up to the flagship Mercedes-AMG A45 4MATIC hot hatch version.
Many though will want a diesel, probaly the frugally-minded A180d with 109bhp but maybe also the A200d model with 136bhp.