Review: Mercedes Benz A Class A180 Sport. Should you?


Anjan Ravi, I'm a true-blooded petrolhead. Hope you enjoy our news stories, launch coverages, motorshow coverages and test drive reports.

So the Mercedes A Class. Where do we start? You’ve been hearing stuff like ‘Mercedes is entering a brand new segment….It’s a hatchback the size of the VW Polo for INR 20+ lakhs, how will it sell in India…’ and many other such lines. While all of those are true, lets talk about you. Should you buy the Mercedes A Class or not? Find out soon.

Mercedes A Class

All the info you need:

The A Class has been launched in both petrol and diesel. We’ve driven the petrol today as the diesel media vehicle is not yet available. The A Class will be available only in three colors – Red, white and silver. You can read about the A Class launch here.

Mercedes A Class red color
Only three color options for the A Class. And none of them are black! Weird.

Meet the new boss. He’s nothing like the old boss:

It’s a hot looking hatch! Even won the Red Dot design award in 2013. Turns heads? Certainly. Would I consider buying it solely based on its looks? Most definitely. You can even get your’s accessorized if you feel the need to.

2009 Mercedes A Class
This is the previous gen A Class.
Mercedes A Class A180 front three quarters
New A Class marks a radical styling departure from its boxy predecessor.

Can you believe the radical change in design from the old A Class to the new one? I would give the A Class a 10/10 for the way it looks.

Mercedes A Class A180 rear three quarter

Also, from what we see, the petrol gets the dual exhausts on either side of the car. The exhaust of the diesel is not visible at all. This is maybe because the petrol is sold in the ‘Sport’ trim while the diesel is sold in the ‘Style’ trim.

Mercedes A Class A180 petrol exhaust
Petrol in ‘Sport’ trim gets twin exhausts.

Should I go on about the boring stuff such as the coupé like C pillar and the lights and other things other people like to talk about in so much detail? No. The A Class is a good looking car. Indian Autos Blog does not wish to waste your time explaining about the very obvious (and often subjective things).

Mercedes A Class A180 diamond grill

Oh for all you anoraks, the grill up front features 302 diamond resembling pins. We counted (actually we didn’t, Mercedes told us and we’re telling you). The other available grill design internationally features two horizontal slats, but this design is not available for India.

Mercedes A Class A180 side

Mercedes B Class B180
Note the crease that extends upwards after the front door. The B Class features the same crease as well. Do all MFA cars get this styling feature?

Head to Page 2 for the Interior of the A Class

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