Drive: Mercedes-Benz A200

Technology: The 2018 Mercedes-Benz A200 hatchback is the first in a bigger A-Class family to go on sale in Australia. Photo: Supplied
Technology: The 2018 Mercedes-Benz A200 hatchback is the first in a bigger A-Class family to go on sale in Australia. Photo: Supplied

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There has been much hype about the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Last month we introduced Drive readers to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class range but this month we get a little more specific with the arrival of the new A200 to Australian shores.

Every model in the A-Class line-up from top to bottom gets the shiny new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system as standard, starting with this entry model A200.

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The A200 hatchback is the first in a bigger A-Class family to go on sale in Australia.

It will be followed by the A250 4Matic later this year, the absolute base grade A180 early in 2019, and the sedan and fire-breathing AMG A35 and A45 duo after that.

What you get

There’s plenty of kit in the popular A200.

Standard inclusions start with leather-like Artico interior trim, twin 10.25-inch display system with MBUX, wireless phone charging, climate control, keyless start, touch pro steering wheel, 9-speaker sound system, ambient interior lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with adaptive high beam assist, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, crosswind assist, blind spot monitoring with exit warning and traffic sign recognition.

Parked next to the previous model the new A-Class looks dimensionally similar from head to toe but it’s grown slightly: 16mm wider, 120mm longer and 7mm taller. 

The interior is well put together and the tablet-style screens that fill the dash seems very well planted.

It’s a comprehensive kit that by itself doesn’t necessitate optional packages to look good – though adaptive cruise control is missing - but the previously popular vision package continues to be offered and adds a panoramic sunroof, multibeam LED headlights and advanced parking assistant with 360-degree camera.

Test drive an A200 at Taree Motorama 46 Victoria Street, Taree. Phone 6539 3333.

Source: Drive