2019 Mercedes A180D Review: Diesel Engine With Eco – The engine catalog of the new Mercedes A-Class starts to expand. After testing the petrol version instead of diesel with the block A180D. These performances, the German made them with only two engines, petrol of 163 hp and a diesel of 116 hp. Since this autumn, the offer has been considerably strengthened with the arrival of versions A160 (109 hp) and A180 (136 hp) in gasoline and A200 (150 hp) and A220 (190 hp) in diesel. And that’s without taking into account the sports derivatives AMG (35 and 45) and the new body A-Class sedan scheduled for the beginning of 2019. In short, everything rolls for the 2019 Mercedes A180D. The 2019 Mercedes A180D version of 116 hp tested today provides access to the range with an entry ticket at € 32,200, which is rather high on the market at the moment. Our trial version in high-end AMG Line is charged € 37,500. It adds to the new face of the compact 18 “AMG alloy wheels, a honeycomb grille, a diffuser and a very low AMG front skirt that will make you scrub at all speed bumps.
Interior: Sporty With MBUX System
The sporty touch is also put on board with sports seats mixing leather and Alcantara, aluminum pedals, a leather steering wheel with red stitching without forgetting all the technology that makes the success of the German. Indeed, we find in this modern world, pleasant and very well finished an impressive digital tablet that runs from behind the wheel to the middle of the dashboard. It is actually two shelves linked by a single pane. The first is used as digital instrumentation and includes all the information, the second, the right, is touch and can control all the features of the car.
This multimedia system called MBUX has artificial intelligence that will allow the car to learn your habits. For example, if every morning you turn on the radio to listen to your favorite station, it will be able to anticipate and connect you to it. In parallel, a vocal assistant like Siri with the iPhone allows performing several actions. Example: if you send him a “Hey Mercedes, I’m cold”, the car starts the heating instantly. This system is rather developed on a dozen basic commands such as heating, weather, and navigation, etc. On the other hand, we never managed to make him read an audio file present in the hard disk. Finally, for safety reasons, the assistant cannot intervene on the hazard lights, the centralization or the position of the lights.
Engine Performance & Emission
A premium compact sporty look with a four-cylinder diesel 116 hp, the association ready to smile. However, this engine should achieve a large share of sales on our territory thanks to its low CO2 emissions. The 2019 Mercedes A180D escapes the ecological penalty with discharges ranging from 108 to 111 g of CO2 / km (depending on the finish and diameter of the wheels). This engine, the A-Class share with the Dacia Duster or the Renault Megane since it is the 1.5 dCi produced by the French group and provided in the framework of the partnership with the Daimler Group. At Mercedes, it is automatically associated with the automatic transmission 7G-DCT. And this marriage works well, even very well! The maximum torque (260 Nm) is exploited perfectly by the box, which favors softness, to provide the driver accelerations and recoveries frankly not ridiculous at this power level. The four-cylinder is lively but docile at low speeds, which is pleasant in urban driving. On fast lanes, it provides enough resources to evolve serenely without anticipating each passing. Finally, his sparrow appetite will delight his future owner, with an average of 5.7 l / 100 km recorded during our test.
The new 2019 Mercedes A-Class A180d is offered with 3 chassis configurations. The high-end “AMG Line” trim level of our test gives access to the second, which is based on a classic steel suspension combined with the “Dynamic select” system that governs the responsiveness of steering and engine response. The latter is here lowered by 15 mm and is, therefore, a bit firmer for the benefit of handling. The interest is however limited on a car of 116 hp but this chassis has the merit of not to alter the good level of comfort. Anyway, A-Class is for us the best compact moment premium. It is easy to take in hand, light to take and even playful on small roads where it is fun to enter the curve. The driving position low,
If there is one fault to highlight, it is in the register of driving aids.2019 Mercedes A180D is rife but two of them are far too intrusive or dangerous every day, like the lane departure warning system that only gives the brakes on the side where the car bites the line. A surprising help at first, annoying in the middle and irritating at the end. Worse, the active help with emergency braking (configurable) is activated inadvertently (even set to “late”). The result of the races, several times in urban driving where the safety distances and the code of the road become optional, the system starts at each deceleration and blocks the brakes accordingly, which has given us several times the risk of to make us stamp.