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2023-06-14 19:23:42

Mercedes Benz A Class Facelift - New vs Old - Side by Side Comparison

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The A class has been a smash hit for Mercedes Benz .

And as the old saying goes , if it ain't broke redesign it slightly and increase the price .

At first glance , it might look like we've squeezed two identical a classes into the cars dot Coz studio .

However , that is the outgoing model and that is the facelift model fresh from the launch .

Let's go through the changes .

Both of these cars here have the AM G kit fitted which at 18,000 rand , we would recommend it improves the looks dramatically .

The air dam has been reshaped for the new model .

The headlights now feature led daytime running lights similar to the Mercedes C class and this diamond grill is now standard at the back .

Normal tail lights are now replaced with standard led varieties .

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They're red obviously because you know it's the back of the car and while the bumpers are the same , the area around the exhaust has been redesigned to integrate the tail pipes into the bumper itself , which apparently is quite a difficult exercise as exhaust lighting , melt things inside the car .

And again , at first glance , it might not appear like a lot has changed , but the dials are dramatically different .

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They're now sunk deeper into the dash and you look at them through this completely new steering wheel standard on the autos is dynamic select this changes the gearbox , the engine and the steering to either be comfy , sporty or eco Y in that large mode , it will even regulate the air conditioning unit to save fuel .

You can also order this larger eight inch screen and sat NAV is now available and the dashboard that it purchases on is no longer plastic .

It's fully clad in leather .

Overall , there's a much more premium fuel in here .

Mercedes have moved away from the cheaper materials of the old A class and the model is all the better for it .

As you can see , I'm on a couch .

This may look a bit odd but it will all make sense shortly .

The A class suspension has always been a bit firm , which is nice if you want to drive sporty .

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But 90% of the time it's just uncomfortable .

Imagine you could change suspension .

Now , usually this would be a very complex and costly exercise .

But for the first time on the A class , you can order adaptive suspension .

What this means is that the cushion itself changes at the touch of a button , you can make it firm or comfortable .

It's an 18,000 rand option , but we highly recommend it as it hugely increases the usability of the A class on a day to day basis under the bonnet of the new A class , there are two petrol engines to choose from as well as a diesel units in two states of tune and the mental motor in the A 45 AM G .

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This is the 130 kilowatt diesel version badged as the 2 20 D .

And while it's certainly not short on power , we think it's a bit grumbly for such a premium car , especially at low speeds , it certainly could be quieter .

However , we are impressed with the fuel consumption .

While Mercedes Benz claims figures as low as 4.2 to the 100 we're achieving around seven , although that is with Ashley old field driving .

So we think you can do a bit better .

And now the price Mercedes South Africa is somewhat sheltered from the volatile rand because they build the C class in South Africa .

So fortunately , the A class pricing hasn't changed too dramatically .

You can now get a 2 20 D for about 460,000 rand .

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That's up 14,000 from the outgoing model and you can get into the range for 389,000 that will bag you an A 200 manual .

If you're looking for something like a competitor to the Volkswagen Golf G T I , we recommend the A 2 50 sport as an ideal rival .


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