The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has always been popular – and with good reason. Known for excellent cabins and infotainment systems, sleek design and comfortable drive, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class gives its competitors – most notably Audi and BMW – a real run for their money.
The 2022 A-Class Hatchback already delivered in style and substance, driving 0 to 62mph with an 8.2 to 9.2 second acceleration, top speed of 143mph, and combined fuel consumption of 44.8 to 57.7MPG according to Mercedes-Benz’s own figures. But can we expect a 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and if so, what should we expect from the compact yet luxury car?
2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Revealed
The new 2023 Mercedes A-Class brings upgraded infotainment, hybrid engine technology and more to the table. The A-Class might be the iconic brand’s smallest car, but that doesn’t mean it sacrifices on substance and style. Here’s what to look out for with the 2023 model.
Mild hybrid technology
Mild hybrid technology reduces the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of petrol and diesel engine cars. It involves replacing traditional starter motors and alternators with a small electric generator, as well as a small lithium-ion battery. To be clear, this isn’t enough for the engine to run on electric power alone, but it does impact overall emissions output, as well as helping with functions such as making the stop-start system smoother.
The new 2023 Mercedes A-Class has a plug-in hybrid petrol model with 48V mild hybrid tech. It also has impressive petrol and diesel engines with excellent combined fuel economy (particularly in the petrol model). Note that all use an automatic gearbox with seven or eight speeds.
The new A250e plug-in hybrid combines a 1.3 litre petrol engine with an electric motor, producing 215bhp and ensuring the car can travel up to fifty miles on electric power alone. That’s more than its competitors, including the Audi A3 40 TFSIe and VW Golf eHybrid.
The 2023 Mercedes A-Class will benefit from the technology of its larger peers, with an update to its infotainment system. Two screens with 10.25inch displays improve the system’s overall usability and quickness of response. Drivers can also make use of three different modes – Assistance, Navigation, and Service. Sat Nav comes as standard, as do features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
There’s even a brand-new fingerprint recognition system, which allows for quick identification of drivers, and the car will automatically apply preferred settings as a result.
Safety is a priority for the 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. There’s a 360-degree camera so that you never miss a blind spot, as well as updated features like lane assist, driver assist and steering control.
Exterior changes between the 2022 and 2023 A-Class are minimal, but nonetheless significant.
The A-Class radiator grille has been reimagined to mimic the brand’s new C-Class and GLC offerings. You can find mini three-pointed stars featured – as well as two new ridges running down the bonnet. Both the headlights and taillights have been improved with LED bulbs, and the front and rear bumpers have been upgraded too. Plus, drivers can choose from four different tyre designs for the 2023 A-Class.
Anticipate a total of ten body colours for buyers and leasers of the car to choose from. These include three solid colours, five metallics and two exclusive premium paint colours.
All new A-Class models will get a 7inch digital instrument panel as well as a new steering wheel design, which the driver can use to configure the screen via touch-sensitive buttons. There’s also a light bar that illuminates the cabin’s interior during the day, and drivers can choose from three ‘moods’ for the graphics – Classic, Sporty or Discreet.
The front seats have been made more comfortable too, with four-way lumbar support. Plus, there’s a choice of either black or grey interior colour schemes. Comfort seats (as opposed to sporty seats in the more high-performance AMG line) are also made of 100% recycled materials.
When can we expect the 2023 Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the UK?
UK specifications haven’t been fully confirmed yet, but the A-Class is promised in both saloon and hatchback models.
Expect prices to start from £31,880 for entry-level A-Class models – the high-performance AMG models will enter at higher prices of £45,930.
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