Mercedes A-Class - pricing and specs

2012-06-28 12:30

Mercedes-Benz is taking on the premium compact segment with its new A-Class and has revealed its model range and (UK) pricing ahead of the 2012 vehicle launch there so regard this as a guide only.

The A-Class will be launched in five variants, including an AMG version. The model range below should give South African customers an idea of the kit and specifications when the new model eventually arrives on our shores. Pricing is in rand equivalent from the pound - expect things to be rather higher in SA with VAT and various import taxes.

BASE MODEL - R247 963

The A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol is available with a six-speed manual and includes a 20 CD/radio multimedia unit a  with 5.8-inch colour display. The multimedia unit has MP3, WMA and aux and USB compatibility.


The SE version builds on the standard kit of the A 180 but adds a body-colour grille, tweaked suspension and 16-inch 10-spoked alloy rims. The cabin has sports seats, a leather steering-wheel and fabric trim.

The SE is available as both A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (90kW) and A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (81kW). The diesel variants have emissions ratings from 98g CO2/km making it the Mercedes-Benz to emit less than 100g/km CO2. According to the German automaker, the CDI has a fuel consumption of returns 3.1-litres/100km on (combined cycle). Remember, the SA pollution tax threshhold is 120g/km.


The Sport version is available in four engine choices - A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (90kW), A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (115kW), A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel (81kW) and A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel (101kW).

The A 200 CDI is capable of rocketing from 0-100km/h 6.2 seconds and has a claimed fuel consumption figure of 3.5 litres/100km. The diesel sport model has a CO2 emissions rating of 114g/km in 7G-DCT auto guise.

Design teaks include a twin exhaust pipes, 17-inch colour alloy rims and silver grille with chromed highlights. Inside, the Sport offers a perforated leather steering wheel, special trim, fabric sports seats with a chequered design.

The Sport model boosts suspension and as cruise control with speedtronic. The new model has rain sensors and interior ambient lighting.

The new A-Class is also available in two AMG variants - AMG Sport and Engineered by AMG.

AMG Sport - From R306 862

The AMG tuned A-Class includes a dynamic handling package with sports suspension, perforated disc brakes and cruise control with Speedtronic.

Styling changing includes AMG bodystyling, a silver grille with chromed highlights and 18-inch alloy rims. The interior sports AMG mats and door sill panels, leather sports steering wheel, leather trim with red stitching and sports seats. The AMG variant borrows rain sensors, ambient lighting and the improved audio system from the Sport line.

The AMG Sport is offered for the A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, A 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY and A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY (157kW).

Engineered by AMG

Completing the new A-Class model range is the Engineered by AMG model, which is available with the A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY and the A 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport in (auto only).

The second AMG model has a unique grille taken from the Concept A-CLASS in 2010. As expected from Mercedes’ tuning arm, the new model has AMG has tuned suspension, red brake callipers, 18-inch AMG alloys and rides on 235/40 R18 tyres.

The Engineered by AMG model has bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime lights and red trim for the front and rear bumpers. Inside the German automaker adds privacy glass, red seat belts and air vent rings as well as wheel arch and mats with Sport badges.

Night and Exclusive Packages

Customers can customise either the Sport or AMG Sport lines with two optional packages - Night and Exclusive.

The Night package adds privacy glass, black trim, side mirrors, 18-inch alloys and a black grille with chromed accents. Bi-xenon headlights with LED day time running lights are also included.

The Exclusive package boosts the interior by adding leather upholstery, lumbar support, heatablefront seats and velour mats.

All engines of the new A-Class feature ECO start/stop as standard, and in addition to the new six-speed manual transmissions, the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission is also available across all engines too.

Mercedes-Benz has integrated Apple's iPhone into the new A-Class, including SIRI compatibility. The Drive Kit Plus, available as an option across all models, will enable drivers to access content from their iPhone through the multimedia display.

  • armandearl.vanzyl - 2012-06-28 14:43

    0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds? Seems a bit optamistic for a diesel with 101kw.

      Cypro - 2012-06-28 16:45

      Calling the 0-100 in 6.2 optimistic is an understatement. The right word should be "impossible", I bet that should be 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds.

      raath - 2012-06-28 17:01

      Yeah, 9.2 is more like it.

  • sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-06-28 16:28

    I'm tempted by the new BMW 1 series, but after seeing this I think I'm gonna wait until it hits our shores.

      Charlive10 - 2013-02-09 16:04

      Mercedes-Benz A-class order book now open and stock available. To place your order on the new Mercedes-Benz A-class contact Charlene Verburg?? 011 677 1084 or e-mail me for any queries @ cverburg@cargomotors.co.za

  • mogo.naut - 2012-06-28 16:53

    "3.1-litres/100km on (combined cycle)" Is this a typo? If not then THAT is a killer figure.

      raath - 2012-06-28 17:03

      It's probably extra-urban. Combined you are probably looking at 4.5 to 5 l/100km.

      afrikeni - 2012-06-28 17:42

      Follow those fuel stats, u will be stuck in the bundu. Perhaps 5l/100kms will be about realistic.

      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-10 23:55

      Raath and LN, why would you question those l/km figures, and based on what do you estimate your consumption estimates? I'm in the market now and will seriously consider this car. Even at 5l/100km its still way better than anything in its class. Still would like to know your sources though

  • Luyanda - 2012-06-29 09:24

    Hopefully,they are Rear Wheel Driven

      peter.t.viljoen - 2013-01-08 08:59

      Nope, the A and B class are built on the MFA platform. Thanks to the environmentalists most manufacturers including BMW are forced to go front wheel drive on their small cars or face excessive emission penalties.

  • johan.devilliers.773 - 2012-11-19 14:37

    Order has been placed already

  • johan.devilliers.773 - 2012-11-19 14:39

    Order has been placed already, with fuel consumption on that level, my friends, here comes a new challenger to be contended with

      Charlive10 - 2013-02-09 16:05

      Mercedes-Benz A-class order book now open and stock available. To place your order on the new Mercedes-Benz A-class contact Charlene Verburg?? 011 677 1084 or e-mail me for any queries @ cverburg@cargomotors.co.za

  • heihachi.mishima.7731 - 2013-01-10 07:24

    you expect me to believe that this thing will be cheaper than a Golf GTI?no ways! These figures are way off!!

  • Charlive10 - 2013-01-12 12:06

    To order your car at best price contact: Charlene Verburg 0116771084 or mail me cverburg@cargomotors.co.za

      Hein Huyser - 2013-04-10 23:50

      It pays to advertise. I

  • Charlive10 - 2013-02-05 20:46

    A-class now available to order!!! Order book is open. Limited stock for 2013. We trade in any vehicle. To order you new Exciting New Generation A-Class, contact me! Charlene Verburg, Tel: 011 677 1084 or e-mail: cverburg@cargomotors.co.za

  • Seitshiro.M - 2013-04-02 13:58

    I think the prices are good! Or are we being lied to?

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