Today, as promised, I will be revealing what my new car is and my motivations for choosing it. For those who haven’t worked out what it is from teaser pictures and previous clues, my new car is a Mercedes-Benz A-Class A200d AMG Line Premium Auto.
After arriving back from America and Australia, I ordered this car at the end of September, specifically on the 29th September 2015. I was looking for a car that was good to look at, comfortable on long journeys, sporty and fun when required but equally able to give decent economy figures on long motorway drives.
The Mercedes A-Class ticks all the above boxes and the fact the A-Class was remodelled and made available in September made it an obvious choice. My new Mercedes A-Class arrived on the 16th December 2015.
I chose the A200d, which features a 2.1 litre diesel engine for a balance between performance and economy.
I selected the AMG line specification because I think aesthetically the car looks much better with the 18″ 5-twin-spoke AMG alloys, AMG bodystyling, lowered suspension, diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and perforated front brake discs with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering. The steering system is also upgraded to the sports direct-steer system.
Interior wise, the A-Class receives a few different features with the AMG Line specification. AMG floor mats with red stitched edging, brushed stainless steel sports pedals and carbon-fibre look trim. The comfortable sports seats are upholstered in black leather and dinamica microfibre with red contrast stitching. The steering wheel is a 12-button 3-spoke design multifunction leather steering wheel with perforated grip area, flattened bottom section again with red contrast stitching.
Overall, I think the AMG line specification makes the car look much better in comparison to the SE and Sport models, especially with the additional optional extras I selected.
In addition to the AMG line specification, I added the premium pack. Which includes all of the features of the executive package and more.
The executive pack includes “Active Parking Assist” and “Parktronic” (a feature whereby the car will parallel park itself and the driver can take their hands off the wheel, with the wheel moving and the car parking itself), Garmin Map Pilot navigation system and heated front seats which are an absolute joy in winter.
The premium package adds on ambient 12 colour interior lighting, automatically dimming driver’s exterior mirror and rear view mirror, electrically folding exterior mirrors and LED high performance headlamps with adaptive high beam assist.
In addition to the AMG Line specification and premium pack, I also selected the optional metallic Cosmos Black paint and Privacy Glass.
I have enjoyed driving automatic Mercedes in the past and due to the fact I will be doing a fair amount of motorway driving, I opted for the automatic, 7G-DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) 7 Speed gearbox with tip-tronic paddle shift gears. Although I feel slightly lazy for choosing the automatic option, it makes driving the car seamless and extremely easy. It holds itself at biting point on hills and can still be selected to opt between the four different driving modes, Eco, Comfort, Individual and Sport.
The total cost of the Mercedes A200d AMG Line Premium Automatic with the added options was £28,815.
I am thoroughly enjoying driving my new Mercedes, from the look and appearance through to the comfort and inside of the car. The communication and navigation system is so intuitive and easy to use. My iPhone is automatically connected via Bluetooth making music streaming and phonecalls a pleasurable and efficient experience, with all the details being displayed on the large 8″ screen.
I will conduct a full review of my new car once I have done some mileage in the car, for now I am enjoying getting used to the technology and various gadgets the Mercedes A-Class has to offer.
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