Tested: 2018 Mercedes-Benz A200 AMG Line

The stale flaw

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class wasn’t a hugely popular vehicle to start with. I base this claim on my powers of observation in daily traffic as well as motoring conversations in my immediate circle of influence. In fact, if I consider the unkind things my peers say about Merc’s little hatch, it shouldn’t have made it past generation one.

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Top 5: Cars of the Year 2016

So here’s something different. Each year we list our favourite new cars which were launched over the last 12 months but this time around, instead of us telling you which ones we liked, our Facebook page invited YOU to vote your favourite new ride of 2016.

The list of candidates was chosen from the launches we attended or vehicles we thought were brilliant newcomers and worthy of being included in this line-up.

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Tested: Mercedes-Benz A250 Sport

The capable drive

Around the 1990’s, Mercedes-Benz jumped on the band-wagon of extending their product range. Where before the E-Class, S-Class, SL and Geländewagen were all the cars you could ever need, showrooms were suddenly cluttered with the likes of C-Class, CLK, SLK, ML and A-Class.

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Tested: Mercedes-Benz B220 CDI

The bolder lines

In honour of recent name changes in the Mercedes-Benz model codes, and to better describe the virtues of our latest test car, this text is brought to you by the letter B. Insert Sesame Street jingle here. The model tested was a snow white B220 CDI with black leather interior and optional AMG goodies.

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Tested: Mercedes-Benz GLA200 CDI

The alluring ticket

Purpose. It’s a subject I can’t shake every time I test a new car and the most fascinating topic when discussing people’s choice of vehicle. There’s no rule or law which dictates the proper use of a vehicle which is why you’ll find 4×4’s on the school run and small Asian rentals knee-deep in Sossusvlei sand.

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Tested: Mercedes-Benz A220 CDI

The thrilling drive

Very few vehicles generate so much excitement BEFORE they’re launched. Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class seems to have been leaked out to all and sundry before many of us even received our invitation to the launch, but that doesn’t make it any less innovative and fresh once you get to see and drive it for yourself.

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Launched: Audi A3 Sportback 

The sophisticated choice

Good news. If you’re in the market for a premium hatchback, your extremely tasty choices have just been supplemented with a rejuvenated version of an old favourite – the Audi A3 Sportback. Ingolstadt’s regular 3-door A3 arrived late last year, the Sportback 5-door version took a little longer to gestate.

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Launched: Mercedes-Benz A-Class [2013]

The extraordinary newbie

Whenever I attend the launch of a new vehicle I admit to feeling a little special, somewhat privileged to report on my experiences of a brand-new car. This week is decidedly different as I can’t shake the impression that I’m telling everyone about a movie they’ve already seen.

Read moreLaunched: Mercedes-Benz A-Class [2013]