Menu
Join Create Your Garage or Sign in

New Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI Avantgarde SE Reviewed

The new Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI Avantgarde SE auto is the top of the range version of this compact multi-purpose vehicle.

By Stephen Turvil
Dec 22, 2010
More On This Car
Take one for a spin or order a brochure
Request a MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS brochure
Request a MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS test drive
The new Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI Avantgarde SE auto is the top of the range version of this compact multi-purpose vehicle. This robustly constructed family favourite has a 2.0-litre 107bhp diesel engine that propels its socially mobile occupants to 62mph in 11.1 seconds, and onto 112mph. 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. To be precise, the new A180 CDI Avantgarde SE auto manages 40.4mpg on the urban cycle, 64.2mpg on the extra-urban, and it returns a cost conscious combined average of 52.3mpg. This fuel frugality means its emissions are merely 144g/ km, so twelve months road tax costs a pleasing £125.

As well as decent performance and impressive fuel efficiency, the new Mercedes- Benz A180 CDI Avantgarde SE automatic 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. The smooth ride also makes motorway journeys comfortable, and the A Class feels safe and secure on twisty A roads.

Standard specification includes the electronic stability programme, air-conditioning, powered mirrors, four electric windows, and cruise control. That should make light work of average safety camera zones. Options include the £550 rear parking sensors, MP3 connectivity for £350, and an electric sunroof for an attention grabbing £790. The A180 also has a spacious cabin and a versatile 435-litre boot.

So, how much does this family focused lifestyle statement cost? List prices start at a perfectly reasonable £20,810 on the road, but if this is too much the range as a whole is listed in Motoring.co.uk's database from only £14,785. That's not much for a brand new vehicle sporting such a prestigious badge.

More On This Car
Take one for a spin or order a brochure
Request a MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS brochure
Request a MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS test drive
By Stephen Turvil
Dec 22, 2010