The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon has arrived in Ireland, priced from €33,390. It’s also joined by a high performance AMG A35 variant.
This is the first time that an A-Class saloon has been available, and it joins the all new A-Class hatchback that arrived in Ireland in 2018.
It has a noticeably larger presence, with a more sloping bonnet and lower, more angular headlights. Better all-round visibility, easier rear seat access, and a 29-litres larger luggage compartment are among the other design enhancements.
We are also told that it has a more spacious interior, increased front and rear headroom, shoulder room and elbowroom.
It has a new ‘floating’ dashboard screen and control-and-display system. Using touch screen, touch pad and touch button technology, MBUX brings intelligent voice control, natural speech recognition and augmented reality features that assist the driver. These include the capacity to ‘learn’ the driver’s wishes and operate intuitively.
Other safety and driver-support items include a see-ahead camera and radar with a range of up to 500m, lane-keeping, adaptive braking, and various distance control and driver assist systems.
Engine options for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon include two four-cylinder petrol options of 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre capacity, and a new 1.5-litre diesel with power outputs in the 116 to 224 hp range. A 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic gearbox are available, depending on model choice.
First models to arrive here are the A200 petrol at €33,390 and the A180d Automatic at €34,220. Following them will be an entry model A160 petrol and A160d whose prices – to be announced on arrival – will be ‘pitched competitively’ around the €30,000 mark, according to Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland.
Launching alongside the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo powered Mercedes-AMG A35 saloon with 302 bhp. It can hit 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds and the top speed is an electronically-limited 250km/h. Priced from €59,900, it comes with a 7G dual-clutch transmission, AMG suspension and 4-MATIC all-wheel drive.