The Mercedes A-Class is British Wednesday best selling car in 2021 but gave up top 10 so far this year. Hoping to revive sales, Mercedes has given the A-Class plenty of tweaks inside and out to refresh it for 2022 and beyond.
As suggested by previous spy shots, the exterior of the A-Class has been slightly revised in both saloon and hatchback form. The front bumper has a slightly different lower grille opening, and the main grille itself has been reshaped – although the quintessentially larger three-pointed star badge is still there. The bonnet has two more bulges for added aggression. On the side you’ll find a choice of new 19-inch alloy wheels, and at the rear there’s a new diffuser and brake lights.
The new A-Class will once again be on par with Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series in the premium hatchback market and the key battleground will be interior technology. The outgoing model comes with a seven-inch display and a 10.25-inch display as standard, with a pair of 10.25-inch screens available as options. Mercedes has retained this lineup for the upgraded model.
What has changed is the infotainment system itself, because the car is equipped with the latest generation MBUX. The display style can be changed between “Classic”, which displays the usual driving related information, “Sport” with a clearer rev counter, and “Discreet” to show less information. believe more.
Additional equipment, such as an additional USB-C port and fingerprint sensor, is also available and, as you would expect, smartphone compatibility Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Wireless. The MBUX upgrade also means voice assistance “capable of even more dialogue and learning”, Mercedes claims.
Safety technology has been enhanced, with a new “Driver Assist Package” that adds lane-keeping assist and active steering control. The new A-Class now features a “Parking Package” that assists with parking in the bay and offers a 360-degree camera to assist with parking with 3D images.
Mercedes has also offered the upgraded A-Class a number of new powertrain options. Every petrol engine is now electrified, with a seven-speed or eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. The new mild-hybrid system includes a 48V engine that Mercedes says “assists with departure agility with an additional 13 hp”.
Starting the range is the A 180 with 134hp and 230Nm of torque from the mild-hybrid, 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Acceleration is 9.2 seconds for 0-62mph and top speed is 134mph. Next is the A 200, using the same engine as the A 180 but tuned to 161 hp and 270 Nm of torque. 0-62mph is handled in 8.2 seconds and it will hit 140mph.
Above those is the A 220 with Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel drive. It uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 188 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque. That’s enough for a 7.1-second 0-62mph time and a top speed of 146mph. The 221bhp A 250 accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds and shifts to a top speed of 155mph.
Mercedes has decided to stick with the diesel variants of the A-Class. The range starts with the A 180 d, which gets 114hp and 280Nm of torque from its 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine – enough for a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds. More powerful diesels are also available in the form of 148 hp A 200 d and 188 hp A 220 d – both reworked versions of the same engine.
As for the plug-in hybrid, the A 250 e’s powertrain has been tested to improve power, Mercedes says. There is an additional 7bhp (total now 161bhp) and 270Nm of torque on offer. That’s enough for a time of 7.4 seconds 0-62mph in the hatchback and 7.5 seconds in the saloon.
Efficiency has also been upgraded with this change. The A 250 e can now achieve 50 miles on pure electric (51 miles for the saloon) and charging has been bumped up from 7.4kW to 11kW – although this three-phase installation won’t be of much use to the general public. with most UK customers. Mercedes claims the DC charge to 80% is unchanged, with an expected charge time of 25 minutes.
Prices will be revealed in the coming months, but we expect a slight increase from the current car’s £30,750 starting price.