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The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz A-Class
For:Mercedes has transformed the A-Class: now very much a class player
Against:Some might miss the old car's practicality
What is it?
Goodbye, high-rise oddity, hello lower, wider and more conventional five-door hatch alternative to Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series rivals. Mercedes has at last turned the A-Class into a real contender. Third time lucky, you could say.
It’s a good looking design, with a lot going on: rising swage lines, bonnet creases, LED clusters… you certainly couldn’t call it anonymous. It’s especially head-turning with optional big wheels, black glossy bits, pointy ‘Sport’ grille and huge sunroof. It’s just been facelifted, note, but it’s all pretty subtle stuff.
Beneath it is a fresh front-drive chassis, a broad engine line-up and, says Mercedes, availability of extras you normally only find on a C-Class and E-Class. You can turn your A-Class into a futuristic high-tech utopia, if you have the cash.