Kampala, Uganda | MOTORING | As is the norm with every new model now introduced in the modern era, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has grown a little by being 120mm longer, 16mm higher and 6mm wider, but 20kg lighter.
And in the quest for ever better efficiency, which every manufacturer is under pressure to keep improving to save the planet, the car is the aerodynamic leader in its class with a Cd figure from only 0.25.
What this number is, in a nutshell, is the drag coefficient of the car, which translates into how easily the car cuts through the air.
The more brick-like your car, the more drag and the more power you need to do the same speed compared to a car with less drag.
Using more power means using more fuel and that translates into more money.
So, despite the aggressive looks, the A200 is not a 2.0-litre turbocharged GTI killer. That’s a job for the A250 Sport. The A200 runs a 1.33-litre turbocharged petrol engine which generates 120kW of power and 250Nm of torque with a slick shifting 7G DCT dual-clutch transmission doing duty.
This provides for more than enough go for your everyday drive and with a claimed fuel consumption of only 5.2l/100km it is perfect for this job.
With the tradition of technology transferring down from the state-of-the-art, high-tech, S-Class, the interior is not only bigger with increased shoulder, elbow and headroom, it is modern and jam-packed with technology that was unthinkable in an entry level model not so long ago.
And then you get MBUX, a new multimedia system that learns and adapts to suit the user through artificial intelligence, so the more you interact with it, the more car becomes just like you.
In addition, MBUX offers intelligent voice control with natural language com prehension.
By using the phrase “Hey Mercedes”, you can adjust the air-conditioning, send a text message or find the quickest route to where you want to go. Scary, but it is the future.