2016 Mercedes-Benz A200d Facelift Review

Posted on Sat ,26 Mar 2016 1:14 am
Vaibhav Yedavi
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2016 Mercedes-Benz A200d Facelift Review

On the two days we drove the A-Class in and around Mumbai a lot of heads turned and eyes popped out to catch a glimpse of the car. Yes, the A-Class is an attractive looking hatchback, but what tantalized the most nonchalant of souls is the bright green metallic hue the car came painted in. We desperately need more of these bright hues to bring joy to our roads filled with drab white and silver tones.

 

We were testing the 2016 A-Class facelift in its diesel avatar. Besides the new bright green metallic colour option called Elbaite Green, the car gets a new name – A200d – and also exterior and interior cosmetic tweaks along with a few new features and functions. The changes on the outside and inside are so subtle though, that unless you are an automobile aficionado, they are very hard to spot.

 

mercedes-benz A200d front perspective

 

mercedes-benz A200d tail-lamp graphics

 

The front grille now gets a body-coloured louvre with chrome trim and a gloss black diamond mesh, while the chrome-lipped front bumper is all new and gets a wide air-intake along with sleek vertical side slits. The headlamps are now LED units. The change at the rear is limited to new graphic elements for the LED tail-lamps. Mercedes has cleverly disguised the small 16-inch wheels by painting them gloss black. These little updates have managed to give the exterior of the car a fresh look.

 

mercedes-benz a200d dashboard

 

On the inside, the upper part of the dashboard is wrapped in leather like material while the lower part gets a textured rubber finish. Other changes include a new steering wheel and adjustable lower thigh support on the front seats. The black themed cabin is wrapped in leather and fabric with double stitching in white, and various parts getting a satin-chrome trim. The seat backrests get red/white horizontal stripes as highlights, while the Elbaite green car we were driving gets exclusive green/white ones. Overall the cabin is a great blend of materials of the highest quality and while it is a comfortable place for four adults, it does feel claustrophobic unless the panoramic sunroof blind is opened.

 

a200d instrument cluster colour mid

 

a200d infotainment screen

 

The infotainment screen is still a 7.0-inch unit, but it now gets a higher resolution display and Mercedes-Benz internet apps for radio, newsfeed, weather, search, finance, etc. The system supports SD Card based navigation (with Garmin maps) and also acts as a reverse parking camera display. Though the 7.0-inch unit serves the purpose, the optional 8.0-inch unit available internationally with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility would have been a nice addition.

 

mercedes-benz a200d engine

 

There are no changes to the engine and transmission – the A200d is powered by a 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel producing 134bhp of power between 3,600-4,400rpm and 300Nm of torque from 1,400-3,000rpm. It is coupled to a smooth shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which transfers power to the front wheels. 

 

a200d dynamic select

 

What is new though in the 2016 A-Class is the ‘Dynamic Select’ function which lets the driver adjust the characteristic of the engine/transmission and the steering. There is Comfort, Sport, Eco and Individual modes to choose from. In Comfort mode the throttle response is smooth and the engine is spinning at the lowest possible speed in the highest possible gear. Also the steering (it is a variable ratio rack) is in its highest ratio and therefore a bit slower to react to inputs. In Sport mode the throttle response is sharp and the transmission holds onto a gear longer and the steering is in its lowest ratio and therefore quick to react to inputs. The engine/transmission can also be put in Eco mode which activates engine start/stop functionality and Manual mode for manual change of gears through the paddle shifters placed behind the steering wheel. Then there is the Individual mode which lets you change the characteristics of the engine/transmission and steering independently. As we found out, in normal everyday driving the setup works best when the engine/transmission is in Comfort mode and the steering wheel is in Sport mode.

 

 

The A-Class car rides nicely too on the small 16-inch wheels (introduced first on the A 200 CDI in early 2015) wrapped in high profile tyres. The car comes with the option of adaptive dampers internationally, and we would have liked Mercedes offer them as an option here in India too.

 

The A-Class was always an attractive looking car and the 2016 facelift has only freshened it up a bit. It has a top notch build quality and is loaded with safety features (no parking sensors still though) too. Oh, and it is available in bright metallic green too if you want a really good reason to buy it.

 

Its key rivals are the rear-wheel drive BMW 1-series, the stylish Volvo V40 and the practical Audi A3 sedan.

 

 

 

Words by Vaibhav Yedavi

Photos by Anuj Malandkar & Amith Bhagwan

 

 

 

2016 Mercedes-Benz A200d specifications:

 

Engine – 2.2-litres, 4-cylinder turbo diesel; 134bhp/300Nm

Speed – 0-100 km/h in 8.8 seconds; top speed 210 km/h

Transmission – 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters

Dimensions – 4,299mm x 1,780mm x 1,433mm (length x width x height)

Tyres & Wheels – 205/55 R16 tyres on 16-inch black painted alloy wheels

Approximate price of 2016 Mercedes-Benz A200d (on-road, Mumbai) is Rs. 35 lakhs.

 

Standard Equipment:

 

LED headlamps and DRLs, 16-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sliding sunroof, sports seats with part-leather and part-fabric upholstery, colour MID, 7-inch COMAND infotainment screen, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, SD card based Garmin maps for navigation, single-zone manual climate control, reversing camera with dynamic guide lines in the media display, 20 CD audio system, Eco start/stop function for the engine, 7-airbags, electronic stability program (ESP) with curve dynamic assist, acceleration skid control, brake assist, hill start assist, attention assist, etc.

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