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New Mercedes-Benz A160 BlueEFFICIENCY Classic SE Reviewed

The new Mercedes-Benz A160 BlueEFFICIENCY Classic SE is the most affordable choice for motorists keen to slide behind the prestigious three pointed star

By Stephen Turvil
Oct 01, 2010
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The new Mercedes-Benz A160 BlueEFFICIENCY Classic SE is the most affordable choice for motorists keen to slide behind the prestigious three pointed star. This compact family run-around has a 1.5-litre 95hp engine that propels its socially mobile occupants to 62mph in 12.6 seconds, and onto 109mph. Not particularly fast then, but this variant is certainly powerful enough to satisfy most motorists.

The A Class' performance is complemented by noteworthy fuel efficiency that helps minimise expenditure. Therefore the A160 manages 37.7mpg on the urban cycle, 55.4mpg on the extra-urban, and it returns a combined average of 47.1mpg. This frugality means its emissions are merely 139g/km, so twelve months road tax costs £110. Coincidently, that is the same price my fish and chip shop charge me for a tiny piece of cod.

As well as decent performance and impressive fuel efficiency, the Mercedes-Benz A160 BlueEFFICIENCY Classic SE is good to drive. The light steering, modest dimensions, and high driving position make low speed manoeuvres virtually effortless, so this likeable status symbol is easy to live with in town. This five-speed manually geared vehicle is also a comfortable motorway cruiser and feels safe and predicable on twisty A roads.

Standard specification includes the electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control, a fish and chip holder (maybe), tyre pressure loss warning system, ABS brakes, and a generous collection of confidence inspiring air-bags. There are also various familiar gadgets such as air-conditioning, and buyers can specify the optional 'sport package' that adds 17” alloy wheels, lower suspension, and an upgraded interior. Very nice too.

So, how much does this robustly constructed vehicle cost? List prices start at a perfectly reasonable £15,575 on the road, but Motoring.co.uk's database reveals the Mercedes-Benz A160 BlueEFFICIENCY Classic SE is available from only £14,660. That is not much for a brand new vehicle sporting a highly prestigious badge. Chips anyone?

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By Stephen Turvil
Oct 01, 2010