First-Ever 2018 Mercedes A-Class Reviews Are Mostly Positive

As soon as we were done reading the press release for the all-new 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, we immediately knew that the car would fix many of its predecessor’s shortcomings. Apparently though, just because it’s better, doesn’t mean it’s great.

In these very first video reviews, both What Car and Carwow almost immediately concluded that the car feels considerably more premium than before, the former going as far as to compare certain aspects of the interior with those of the E-Class’.

Whether the same is true for the exterior, that’s up to each and every one of you to decide, especially if you’re planning on spending your hard earned cash on it. Still, based on our visual comparison between the all-new A-Class and the 2017 model, opinions were more or less split, though tilting in favor of the newer car as far as styling was concerned.

Two major positives, according to these videos, are the increased comfort levels and the smoother ride. This is where the previous model struggled to match rivals such as the Audi A3, or even the VW Golf. The all-new A-Class is pretty good at soaking up bumps, and a 6 foot tall adult (1.83 m) fits reasonably well in the back.

Great, but is it fun to drive?

We’re not sure how fun it is until we get our hands on one as well – hopefully soon, so stand by for that. But the handling does get praised here in both instances, as does the A200’s punchy 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, good for 163 PS (160 HP) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. Not bad for an entry-level petrol.

As for downsides, the reviewers mention that the 2018 A-Class still isn’t as smooth or even as engaging to drive as a VW Golf.

  • Miknik

    First reviews mostly positive. Really? Has anyone ever read mostly negative first reviews? Journalists are invited to big launch events, testing for days in scenic places, all expenses paid, and manufacturers usually select very carefully who is invited, so better not mention anything too bad when you are there. Thus all first drives usually focus on the positives of a car….

  • PK

    of course it has to have positive reviews! the interior is a big step up and mercedes killed it! <3

  • Kagan

    The look doesn’t match the price.

  • StrangerGP

    the front is so ugly, not too late to change things MB, you’ve only ruined CLS and A-class so far

  • SteersUright

    Still too ugly to care about it.
    Dont understand why its so hard to make a beautiful hatchback, it really shouldn’t be. Mazda is closest with their Mazda 3 hatch, but its got such a tepid drivetrain that its largely of no interest to me either.

  • Jhg

    The missing point here is that the journos were only given cars with independent rear suspension to drive but Mercedes has dummed down/cheapened most of the range by fitting them with beam rear axles – as Ford and VW have done. The hope is, I guess, that people who are wowed by inter-connectivity won’t notice how bad the ride is for rear seat passengers. My priority in deciding on a car purchase is the other way around, the more so with the state of roads these days. (But then I also drive a Citroen GS.)

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