Mercedes have just introduced a sedan version to their A-Class, which is the company’s smaller compact car now in its fourth generation. They also say that it’s the world’s most aerodynamically efficient passenger car.
So how does the new sedan version compare with the familiar hatchback? Well, it’s considerably longer and a bit taller than its hatchback version. It has a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine, same as the hatch, with up to 120kW (at 5500rpm) and 250Nm (at 1620rpm).
I found the ride comfortable with precise steering. Acceleration was decent considering its small engine. It’s front-wheel drive with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission.
The interior was quite with very little road noise. It felt solid and well made, like I was driving a bigger luxury car. Despite its smaller size it also felt safe – the A-Class was awarded a maximum five ANCAP safety stars. There are 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust, ‘MBUX’ widescreen cockpit display (two 7-inch digital screens), auto LED headlights and DRLs, keyless start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, multifunction sports steering wheel, rainsensing wipers, ‘Active Parking Assist’, a nine-speaker 225W sound system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
The great benefit of a hatch is its large opening at the back to allow the loading of bulky items. Aware of this, Mercedes has made the boot on this sedan as big as possible. Also, the rear seats fold down to allow even more storage capability.
So if you decide on buying an A-Class you need to test drive both the hatchback and sedan for ride and storage ability, and then decide which you like best.
A-Class sedan 2020 Prices start from BD 14,700
To arrange a test drive in Bahrain call Al Haddad Motors +973 1778 5454