More mature than ever, with evolved styling, and packed with the latest technology, the compact hatchback is ready to engage war with the Audi A3 Sportback and BMW 1-Series.
It also happens to be the most expensive of the three. At €30,231.95 ($37,416) in Germany, it’s over €5,000 ($6,189) pricier than two of its main rivals, in entry-level form (Audi A3 starts at €24,650, while BMW’s 1-Series from €25,150). That’s without choosing any optional extras, and equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.
Mercedes-Benz has the order books open for fourth-generation A-Class in different European markets, limiting the offering at one diesel and two petrol units. More engines will be launched in the near future, but the most exciting variant is still to come – the AMG A45. Together with the aerodynamic updates, tweaked chassis and more than 400hp believed to come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the A45 AMG will probably take as little as 4 seconds to complete the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint.
A more tamed version of the car is also in development, under the A35 moniker. It will rival the Audi S3 Sportback, probably with some 300 horses, and will become the most affordable AMG car.
We’re also waiting for other derivatives, including the new CLA, GLA and B-Class, as well as the GLB crossover. There have been rumors about possible coupe and estate versions of the new A-Class, but these have slim chances of getting the green light, as does a new CLA Shooting Brake.