The turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine has been reduced to 1.3 litres from 1.6 litres in the outgoing model. The new engine, a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Renault named “M 270”, shaves off five kilograms in mass which is claimed to contribute towards improved noise and vibration. Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the outcome is a 5kW increase in power output, reduced CO2 emissions and a reduction in ADR fuel consumption from 6.1 to 5.7 L/100km.
Despite its size, the little engine delivers power in all the right places to provide a well-rounded drive experience in all situations, with good pick-up around town and a comfortable cruise on the highway. The suspension has been tuned to a nice blend of comfort and performance, giving a relaxed drive on the open road and plenty of agility in tighter situations.
In its core form, the A200 is priced at $47,200 before on road costs, or nearly $3000 more than the outgoing model. The aftersales department is well equipped with an array of optional packages ranging from $790 to $3190 - some cosmetic, some comfort, and some offering mechanical changes such as reduced ride height or adaptive damper suspension. The A200 has a three-year unlimited kilometre warranty.