We recently took a look at a video review of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback. It’s a car that customers are going to adore, thanks to its styling, interior, technology and price. We also spoke about how none of its current rivals would be able to compete in the segment. That was for the hatchback, though, a car we won’t be getting here in the ‘States. However, we will be getting a sedan version — the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan.
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Designed to replace the current CLA-Class, the A-Class sedan will come in two flavors; regular and “L”, the latter of which being a long-wheelbase version that will be made for the Chinese market only. When comparing this new A-Class to the current offerings from its rival brands, it seems like it’s going to be an absolute home run.
On the outside, it looks like a shrunken C-Class, which makes it not only better looking than the Audi A3 sedan it will compete with but far better looking than the old CLA-Class. That old car looks like it’s melting, especially from directly behind it. This new one looks far better and is far more cohesive of a design. It’s still just a touch odd when looking at it in profile, but it’s a significant improvement over the dumpy look CLA and it looks rather handsome. In this segment, it’s going to look very premium.
Inside, it gets the same superb cabin of the A-Class hatchback, which is a big step up over its rivals. The steering wheel and dash layout are both plucked from the S-Class and its dual-screen setup is the same as you’ll get in any other modern Mercedes-Benz. It also gets some really cool tech, like its augmented reality navigation system that is able to portray digital arrows over a real-time video feed of where you’re going. It’s really slick looking and customers are going to flip over it.
From what we’ve heard of the A-Class hatchback, it’s a competent handling car, one that’s surprisingly fun to drive but not exactly mind-blowing. It doesn’t need to be though. It needs to be stylish, comfortable and high-tech. It is all of those things. If we were to compare its styling and interior to the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3, the A-Class has them both beat and customers are going to eat this car up. The next-gen 1 Series is going to have to seriously bring it to steal buyers away from Mercedes’ smallest new car.