2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class starts at $36k; turbo, dual-clutch transmission for all

Mercedes-Benz has begun taking orders for the new A-Class, although it won’t arrive on our shores until March 2013.

The new car starts at A$35,690 for the A180 BlueEfficiency that’s powered by a 90kW/200Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine; combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.8L/100km. Like the rest of the range, the A180’s only transmission option is a 7-speed dual-clutch “automatic”. Also standard throughout the range is automatic engine start/stop.

Despite the Golf-baiting pricing, the A180 isn’t a stripper specification. Standard goodies include parking sensors, reversing camera, parking assistance and paddle shifters. The company’s Audio 20 sound system is part of the package and comes with a CD slot, iPod compatible USB port, Bluetooth and a 5.8-inch display. The Becker Map Pilot nav system is a A$1,190 option and can be retrofitted on after purchase. If you want the full-fat Comand APS entertainment and nav system that’ll set you back A$2,990.

On the safety front there’s 9 airbags, Attention Assist and Collision Prevention Assist, which in the case of an imminent crash arms the brakes and applies full pressure once the driver hits the stop pedal.

Those wanting more power can step up to either the A200 BlueEffeciency that’s powered a 115kW/250Nm version of the 1.6-litre engine and good for 6.1L/100km, or the A200 CDI BlueEfficiency that has a 100kW/300Nm 1.8-litre turbo-diesel engine that’s rated at 4.6L/100km. Both are priced at A$40,900.

At the top of the range, for now, is the A250 Sport that’s powered by a 155kW/350Nm 2-litre turbo engine, which should see it do the 0 to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds. Standard on the Sport is AMG tuned suspension, AMG brakes, lowered suspension, bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch alloys, unique studded grille, panorama sunroof and body kit.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]