Offered in three trim levels called SE, Sport, and AMG Line, and with a choice of three engines, the hatchback carries a £25,800 ($35,595) starting price in the United Kingdom, and €30,232 ($37,235) in Germany.
Standard gear includes the two 7-inch screens that form the MBUX infotainment system, voice controls, DAB radio, part-leather upholstery, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless go, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Speed Limit Assist, among others.
The Sport grade adds 17-inch alloy wheels, different upholstery, and automatic climate control, while the AMG Line is packed with 18-inch wheels, special exterior add-ons, three-spoke steering wheel, and Artico and Dinamica microfiber upholstery.
Those not happy with the standard equipment can choose from several optional extras, such as the 10.25-inch central touchscreen part of the Executive package, which costs £1,395 ($1,925), heated front seats, Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, and Mirror package.
The Premium line adds the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 64-color ambient lighting, illuminated door sills, better sound system, and others, from £2,395 ($3,305). There’s also a Premium Plus package, which brings memory function for the front seats, panoramic sunroof, and multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus.
Sat-nav and Traffic Sign Assist are part of the Advanced Navigation package, which is only available with the Executive, Premium, or Premium plus equipment lines, and costs £495 ($683).
Powering the new generation A-Class is the 1.5-liter diesel engine, made by Renault and known as dCi in their vehicles, with 116PS (115hp) and 260Nm (192lb-ft) of torque. This is offered in the 180d flavor, which takes 10.5sec to reach 62mph (100km/h) from a standstill, and maxes out at 125mph (200km/h).
The A200 uses a 1.4-liter petrol rated at 163PS (161hp) and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque, and the A250 has to make do with 224PS (221hp) and 350Nm (258lb-ft) of torque from a 2.0-lieter petrol unit. The latter can go from 0 to 62mph (0-100km/h) in 6.2sec, and reach a top speed electronically capped at 155mph (250km/h).
All engines are married to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in the UK, but in Germany, Mercedes offers a six-speed manual gearbox in the entry-level A200.
Finally, as the automaker has its clients used to, the Edition 1 model is available too, and will be around for some one year after the market launch. It’s said to cost an additional €7,021 ($8,648) in Germany, adding different color highlights, sport seats, and other features. The Edition 1 is available with all engine options.