2013 Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport Quick Review
Initial Impression8
Drivability7.5
Cost7
What we liked
  • Cracks and burbles on start up
  • RWD feel
  • Looks
What we didn't like
  • The fact it is a FWD car
7.5Overall Score

The Mercedes-Benz A Class in previous forms has been the hatch which whilst was not a bad car, it never brought any appeal or the feel of a Mercedes-Benz. A horrible exterior design which made the car seem like it was the result of a prank being pulled on the marketing guys which went wrong. The interior wasn’t much better either.

Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport

Today, the segment which the A Class sits in has actually turned into something which the likes of BMW and Audi did very well. The 1 Series from BMW and the A3 from Audi found a young audience which wanted a new European car, but didn’t want the price tag or extra size. Because of this we see a hot new A Class which has been redesigned from the ground up and has caused lengthy waits for those buying them.

We went for a quick spin so here is our Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport quick review.

Initial Impressions

Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport

When you see the A250 Sport for the first time you are immediately struck with an attitude from the car. Almost a ‘bring it on’ attitude which you get from a 13 year old facing an older sibling who’s finally had enough. The A250 Sport now looks like a real Mercedes-Benz and brings all of the elements which you and me love about the current design theme.

The A Class certainly also achieves its presence from its new size. It is much larger than the previous A Class and thanks to the long shooting brake design it looks much bigger. A bonus too for us in Australia, is that our A250 Sport has been tuned by AMG themselves and that means nice standard options. The colour choices are also superb with the blue being the pick of the lot.

Drivability

The A250 Sport has no trouble in labelling itself an entry level sports car. Despite being front-wheel-drive which would worry some enthusiasts, it almost matches the BMW 1 Series when it comes to handling. It’s not 100% there, but it certainly does come close.

Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport

When you’re sitting in the driver’s seat you’re seated in a great position directly behind the wheel and the instrument cluster presents itself nicely. The carbon and titanium looking cluster is beautiful though I would have liked to have the needles themselves to be a little longer on the dial. That is just a small detail though.

Because the A250 Sport has been tuned by AMG it is a considerably large step up from the A200 which sits just below it. Essentially everything that affects the handling, the exhaust note and little interior touches make the car worth the extra $$$ if you’re after performance. 0-100km/h is 6.6seconds and fuel economy is a pleasant 6.6litres per 100km. The transmission isn’t a traditional dual-clutch transmission as Mercedes wanted to avoid the problems of traditional dual-clutch systems. It means that it isn’t as fast as the Audi sTronic however still fast enough to enjoy.

Cost

What has attracted so many people to the A Class has been the price. The A250 Sport undercuts the competition by a significant amount which should be enough to make anybody considering the BMW or Audi equivalents to jump ship. The A250 Sport starts in Queensland at roughly the $56,000mark. The dealerships we have spoken to have said that most customers who have been purchasing the A250’s have been ‘fully loading’ them. This would push the price up to approximately to $70,000.

Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport

The spec which we loved of the A250 had just the COMAND Package selected. The ‘fake’ Alcantara in the door cards and seats as well as the carbon fibre look trim was perfect in our eyes. The full leather seats to us took a little away from the sportiness of the A250 Sport.  What also comes standard is the driver alertness and front distance control. What the driver alertness (not the actual name but you know what we mean) is a feature that when driving between 80km/h and 130km/h it will monitor the driver and look for signs that you’re not paying 100% attention or even falling asleep at the wheel, just as if you were in one of those online mattresses. You will then get alerted and hopefully you’ll snap back to attention.

The A180 if you can’t stretch to the A200 or A250 Sport does start from $35,000 and is the cheapest way to get into a Mercedes A Class. At that price you’re looking at $5,000 or so more than a Suzuki Swift Sport. That puts things in perspective.

Conclusion

Mercedes-Benz has done an extremely good job at redefining what a luxury entry level hatch should be like. The car doesn’t feel like you’ve bought the absolute cheap of cheap. The steering wheel is almost identical to the one in the C63 AMG and the air vents look straight out of the SLS AMG.

Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport

If you haven’t driven the new A Class yet and are considering a new small car all we can say is that you should test drive this car to put it through your tests. It beats the competition in almost every aspect we can think of and when thinking about the cost and the safety features also included are.

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AshMan, aka Ashley, has had a passion for cars since playing with Matchbox cars as a youngster. Currently working on World Domination and looks foward to seeing you on the small screen soon. He also likes people following him on Twitter: @ashmansays

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7 Responses

  1. David

    Took this for a test drive a few weeks ago and fell in love with it immediately. Shame about the long wait for delivery, my ETA is September at the moment; which may be pushed out further upon release of the A45 AMG. However, it will be worth the wait, I have not enjoyed driving a car so much in many years. Even in Economy driving mode this thing is incredible.

    • Ashley

      Glad you enjoyed it as much or it seems even more than I did. What options did you order with yours?

      Also yes, I wouldn’t mind even just sticking in Economy mode!

      • David

        I ordered COMAND pack & AMG Exclusive pack – didn’t worry about the driving assistance stuff, although it was all on the car I test drove. Compared to the BMW 125i it does lack some oomph, however I thought it felt a lot more refined and the cabin interior looks and feels fantastic. Shame about the lack of iPhone integration for Australia though… hopefully the Drive Kit Plus becomes available to us at some point!

      • Ashley

        That was the feeling I had compared to the 1 Series I had directly before this. The cabin in the 1 Series isn’t terrible, it’s actually quite nice in its own respect – with the M Sport package. The A Class was just nicer overall for me and I’m a big fan of Alcantara/Macro-Suede.

    • James Wellham

      I had a similar reaction when I test drove the a250 as well. Very nice in economy, particularly the dct, which felt like a better normal auto, and then sport mode was just awesome. Because the dealer had a command only one unsold for April I ordered more or less on the spot. It arrived on the docks last thursday; can’t wait till it’s delivered. Glad the reviewer felt the command only was a good option, reassuring! One thing I don’t understand is why the aussie reviews are so positive, and my personal view as well, but the euro reviews are very negative. Reviews like this much more closely match my experience of the car.

      • Ashley

        Thanks for the feedback on the review and let us know what your thoughts are when you get your car delivered!

  2. Kweebs

    When Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG 2013 model sells for equivalent of Australian $80,000 around the world (like continental Europe, UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, etc..), why are they selling it for S167,407 before the Australian Government ridiculous ‘luxury car tax, stamp duty, rego, etc…’ as additional charges? Why is Australian customs not allowing us to import our own cars as online shopper have discovered they can buy their household goods from overseas at more than half price!! Government taxes aside, the manufacturer list prices are a rip off!! For the C63 AMG or the BMW M5 2013, the Australian customer pays over $120,000 more! Why?? Why is the media quiet about these rip-offs??? Or this is ‘Down-under’!!! Kweebs.