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How long is it before I start seeing these EVERYWHERE? Not long. The new A-Class has officially arrived in Britain – its biggest market. Customers will start getting their cars this month, and history teaches us most of them will be ones like this – powered by the 1.5-litre, four-cylinder ‘180’ diesel engine and in ‘AMG Line’ trim. That offers 114bhp and 191lb ft for 0-62mph in 10.5 seconds and a top speed of 125mph. Mercedes claims 108g/km of CO2 and 68.9mpg on small wheels. But our car has big ones, so CO2 emissions are 111g/km but mpg stays the same. In day-to-day driving you’ll see high-Forties to low-Fifties, which is pretty good. A six-speed manual gearbox is coming, but for now the only option is a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. The latter, meanwhile, means that in addition to a standard spec that includes LED headlights, DAB, climate control and the new ‘MBUX’ infotainment system, you get 18-inch alloy wheels, more aggressive bodystyling, a pair of sports seats and a chunky three-spoke steering-wheel that looks identical to the one you get on bigger, more expensive Mercs. Wow. That interior looks ace.