The Premium B-segment Sedan– Mercedes Benz A200 Sedan

B-segment has always been the segment of cars where buyers are looking to upgrade from a smaller car, but didn’t have the budget to go all-out for a c-segment car. This is the reason why the b-segment cars are built to be slightly smaller than a c-segment car, but still having the practicality of their larger counterpart.

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The Mercedes Benz A-class sedan is one of the car that fits into the b-segment vehicle, but it comes with a premium price tag since it’s a Mercedes Benz. We’ve gotten a chance to have a go with the latest Mercedes Benz A200 sedan, so we ask ourselves, is the Mercedes Benz A200 sedan price justifiable?

Walking up towards the car, you’ll notice that the new Mercedes Benz A-class comes with a more refine and matured design compared to the previous generation A-class. At the front, the LED headlights, front grille, and front bumpers of the new A200 sedan is a carryover from the A-class hatchback.

Moving to the back, Mercedes did a good job to ensure that the rear of the sedan doesn’t look like an afterthought. Mercedes manage to blend in the unique look of the sedan, but still matching the A-class hatchback by designing the LED taillights to resemble the hatchback’s taillights design. As for the wheels and tyres, you do get a sporty looking 10 spokes rims wrap in 225/45 R18 tyres all round.

Hoping into the Mercedes Benz A200, you’ll instantly notice that this is a smaller car. Even though this is a smaller car, you get a very comfortable seats up front. The front seats are design to fit a wide variety people as there are plenty adjustment available. Moving to the back, the rear seats are more suitable to fit 2 persons as the legroom and headroom are not sacrifice, but the shoulder room are tight when you fit 3 persons at the back.

Looking at the dashboard, the 1st thing that you’ll notice is the 2 large 10.25” screens that Mercedes Benz use it as the infotainment screen and the instrument cluster. Apart from that, the whole dashboard look very modern and neat. The interior of the current A-class makes the previous A-class look outdated. On top of the modern looking interior, Mercedes also includes some sporty touches like the sporty thick rim steering wheel. The steering wheel feels like a beautifully design and well sculpted item when holding on to it.

In order to personalize the interior of the A200, There are plenty of settings that you can manipulate around the interior. To start off, you can change the look of the gauges inside the instrument cluster to suit your liking. On top of that, the infotainment screen beside the instrument cluster screen allow you to change most settings inside the car. The setting that I really love changing around is the ambient lighting. Mercedes fitted a colour spectrum inside the infotainment that allow the owner to set the ambient lighting to any colours of their liking.

To keep the occupants entertained, the infotainment system also come pre-loaded with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to enhance the car’s connectivity. To manipulate the screen, either you can use the touch screen, or you can use the touch pad at the center that replaces the rotary knob that was used by the other Mercedes Benz. To finish up about the interior is that the A200 sedan comes with 420L of boot space, which is 50L more than the hatchback’s cargo space.

For safety, the A200 gets all the standard safety equipment that you need in any modern day car like 7 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Active Parking Assist, Active Brake Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), and 2 ISOFIX points at the back seats.

The Mercedes Benz A200 sedan is powered by a 1.3L inline 4 engine that is co-developed with Renault that produces 163bhp at 5,500rpm, and 250Nm at 1,620rpm. The 1.3L engine do provide decent power to move the car, no strain was felt when going uphill. On the other side, the engine felt a little rough around the edge in terms of noise and harshness, would like it for Mercedes Benz to make the engine more refine to enhance the experience.

To transfer the power to the ground, Mercedes fitted the A200 sedan with a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. The DCT is good for daily task, but we find that the 1st gear is a little on shorter side that can translate to some jerk when you suddenly step on the accelerator pedal. When the car is on the move, the other gear change are smooth and precise.

In order to keep the car planted in the corners, Mercedes give the A200 a sporty feeling suspension and steering setup. Mercedes uses a basic McPherson Strut and torsion beam suspension for the front and rear of the A200 sedan. The suspension have good damping, but it’s a tad on the firmer side that you can feel the road condition, but this also translated to a reduction in body roll. The suspension do complements the electric power steering that is precise and have plenty of feel.

Braking performance on the A200 is done by disc brakes all round, and the brakes provide good braking performance to bring the car to a stop. The brake pedals also have plenty of feel when slowing down the car. The NVH level in the A200 is your typical Mercedes that is quiet and serene, but on hard acceleration, the engine noise will creep in a little.

The Mercedes A200 sedan is a great premium b-segment car for those who are looking to get a third car in the family to bring it for your weekend grocery run, but didn’t like the attention that bigger cars get. If I’m looking for an A-class, I would have gone for the A250 as the A250 gives you more power to complement with the great handling and chassis of the A-class. For RM229,888, the Mercedes A200 comes with a 4 years warranty with unlimited mileage. You can get the A200 sedan in 5 different colours namely Cosmos Black, Iridium Silver, Jupiter Red, Mountain Grey, and Polar White.

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