Mercedes-Benz A-Class A200 BlueEFFICIENCY Style Review
Third time's the charm

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
10 Jul 2013



First conceived nearly 13 years ago, the A-class was an attempt by Mercedes-Benz to plug a compact car segment which they left out previously. What they ended up with was a car that seemed out of place among their traditionally rear wheel drive sedans.

Unlike the other cars under the pointed star, the A-class had a short compact chassis coupled to a rather tall body. This invariably led to a stability problem which was uncovered by the Swedes in an automobile test. The ‘elk test’ was derived to test a vehicle’s ability to remain stable when the driver swerves to avoid an obstacle usually at speeds between 50 – 80kmh.  

Unfortunately, the first A-class didn’t fare well for the test but once the problem was discovered though, Mercedes-Benz got its industrial might behind it and the baby Merc was fixed promptly.

Despite the problem with the first generation, the A-class maintained its popularity as an easy entry into the premium marque. Globally, Mercedes-Benz sold more than a million units making it one of the most successful models ever produced by the company.  

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Engine Capacity 1595cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 156bhp @ 5300rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 1250rpm
Power to Weight 111.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 224 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 17.5 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.270

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7G-DCT
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4292 x 2022 x 1433) mm
Wheelbase 2699 mm
Turning Circle 11 metres
Kerb Weight 1395 kg
Boot Capacity 341 L
Boot Capacity (folded) 1157 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs