Today, Mercedes is bold, forward-thinking and younger in feel, attributes very much in evidence in the third generation version of its smallest A-Class model.
Our car is the simply stunning looking and driving Mercedes A200 "AMG Night Edition" beautifully finished in Cosmos Black Metallic with a complimenting Black with Red Stitching Artico Leather/Dinamica Upholstery.
It has covered a mere 17,000 Miles through 1 Previous Keeper, comes with a Full Service History and costs just £30 Per Year to Tax.
It also has the added bonus of being fitted with the 'Becker Map Pilot' Satelite Navigation system which features the latest European Map Updates.
This car's interior has been inspired from the world of aviation, with your eye immediately drawn to the five circular air vents, styled to resemble jet engines and finished in 'cool touch' electroplated metal trim. Ahead of you through the three-spoke multi-function steering wheel lies an instrument cluster made up of two large round dials, each with a smaller dial set within. Perhaps the most interesting design touch though, is what looks like an iPad sitting on the upper part of the centre console but which is in fact an integrated infotainment system, able to sync seamlessly with most smart 'phones.
Power comes courtesy of the excellent 2.1 Litre, 136 BHP Turbo Diesel engine mated to the 6 Speed Manual transmission producing a useful 300 Nm of Torque which equates to smooth, powerful urge throughout the rev range.
If you're shopping in the affordable realms of the premium compact hatch segment, there's nothing that feels as good as this to drive. The brakes are great, the gearchange is accurate and the driving position is spot on. But what you really remember after a spirited drive in this car isn't any of that. No, what sticks in your mind is the way that you can really lean on this car as you enter a corner, confident in the knowledge that there'll be grip and turn in of quite astonishing tenaciousness and body control that's unsurpassed by anything else in the class.
Economy is also a highlight of this "AMG" Mercedes, achieving 62.8 MPG (EC Combined).
Additional features on this "Night Edition" include * Audio 20 TRadio/CD with 5.8" Colour Screen and Telephone Keypad, * Bi-Xenon Headlights and Headlight Washers, * Lowered Sports Suspension, * 18" AMG Multi Spoke Alloy Wheels in Black, * Attention Assist, * AMG Body Styling, * LED Rear Lights, * Front Sport Seats, * Light and Sight Pack, * Carbon Effect Trim.
You'll find this A Class sporty, self-assured and possessed of a feel-good factor that really does make you feel special, which is exactly what owning a car of this kind is all about.