2017 Mercedes-Benz A200

Stylish Hatchback’s all-round competence impresses!

Charl Wilken
Mercedes-Benz
A-Class
Hatch

The AMG package fitted to our A200 on test here certainly emphasized the vehicle’s pretty styling, as well as adding some extra value to this used car buy. The bold and sporty styling continues on the inside of the vehicle, which ensures that the A200 should appeal to younger buyers as well.

Specifications:

Model: 2017 Mercedes-Benz A200 (A)

Pre-Owned Price: R 319 900

Mileage: 79 500km

Maintenance Plan: Remainder of 6-year/100 000km plan

Fuel Consumption (combined): 5.7-litres/100km

0-100km/h: 8.0 seconds

Contact: Contact George Azzie from Cargo Motors Bedfordview at 087 256 4400

 

Background and condition of vehicle:

  • You certainly do not get the feeling that you are getting less quality because it is a Mercedes-Benz entry-level model.
  • Overall the design and materials used were sporty yet retaining a quality feel throughout.
  • The AMG package fitted to our test car ensured that our A200 looked pretty much the same as the range topping A45-model not only on the outside, but in the cabin as well.
  • This 3-year old A200 was still in a very tidy condition and seemed to have been well looked after.
  • The only negatives were a few small scuffmarks on some of the alloy wheels, which to be honest could easily be refurbished at very little cost.
  • The 225/40R18 tyres were not new anymore but should not need replacing in a hurry.

 

Performance and Economy:

  • The A200 comes powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine.
  • Although the maximum power output of a 125kW and 250Nm of torque might sound modest by todays standards, the A200 proved lively, especially driving in and around town. Good low-down torque delivery and well-spaced ratios from its 7-speed automatic gearbox seems to be the key.
  • Overall performance is more than just decent, with the A200 capable of blasting past the 100km/h mark in 8.0-seconds.
  • Fuel economy proved to be especially impressive for a fuel driven vehicle, with a quoted average fuel economy figure of 5.7-litres per 100km.

 

How does it drive?

  • I was surprised to see that our A200 came fitted with Mercedes-Benz’s “Dynamic Select” system which allows drivers to tweak steering and throttle settings, as well as gearshift timing through several different modes.
  • These modes included comfort, sport, economy, and an individual setting.
  • Overall comfort proved to be good for a hatchback of this kind.
  • The ride is quite firm, but never uncomfortable, while the A200 also offers surefooted handling.
  • Selecting the appropriate mode through the “Dynamic Select” system should further compliment the driving experience that you are after.

 

Inside the vehicle:

  • Not only is the interior styling sporty, but sophisticated and good to look at too.
  • The leather and Alcantara combo front seats not only looked great but also offered good support and comfort.
  • SLS inspired air vents and the attractive carbon fibre look alike trim on the dashboard creates a sporty atmosphere in the cabin.
  • The eight-inch infotainment system did prove a bit complicated to use, although it is probably just a case of getting more familiar with it over time.
  • Our A200 on test was also well equipped with luxury, as well as safety features that included the following:

 

    • Dual-zone Climate Control               
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Central Locking
    • Electronic handbrake
    • Active Park Assist                               
    • Bluetooth phone connectivity
    • Infotainment system with screen
    • USB connection and 12V port
    • On-Board trip computer
    • Front and side airbags (7)
    • Cupholders - Isofix rear seats        
    • ABS braking with EBD
    • Stop/Start
    • Traction and stability control
    • Sport, Comfort, Economy driving modes
    • Multi-function steering wheel
    • Park distance control front and rear
    • Paddle shifters
    • Tyre pressure monitor
    • Voice command
    • Leather/Alcantara combo upholstery
    • Auto headlights on
    • Electric windows
    • Rain sensor                                                                           

 

Space and Practicality:

  • Although the A200 could still carry up to 5 people in relative comfort, adults sitting in the back will find leg room more adequate than spacious, while headroom could be a bit tight for six-footers.
  • The boot is perfectly adequate although not class leading at 341-litres. The seats do fold flat which increases loading space to 1 157-litres.

 

The verdict:

  • Especially fitted with the AMG package the A200 proved to be a very attractive little hatchback that included the quality and style you would find in some larger Mercedes-Benz models, but ultimately wrapped in a sporty and fun to drive package.
  • Decent performance and excellent fuel economy further ensure that it is a great hatchback buy at this price point.
  • Attractive styling with AMG package
  • Quality materials
  • Sporty feeling
  • Excellent fuel economy

X  Not as spacious and practical as some rivals

X  No key-less entry