How does that old saying go…? “Competition never sleeps.” This is one of the main reasons why Mercedes-Benz is in the middle of a full-on product offensive. Next to new gizmos and a mushrooming SUV line-up, they’ve also updated their entry-level offerings.
Ever since the A-Class attained previously unimagined levels of trendiness, the poor B-Class has been left fighting the MPV mommy van battle by itself. We recently tested a B200.
Weskus toe met die A200
‘n Tydjie gelede het Mercedes-Benz se A-klas weggestap met die algehele 2019 Autotrader Suid-Afrikaanse Gulde vir Motor Joernaliste prys as die kar van die jaar. Nouhet ons weereens die geleentheid gekry om hierdie voertuig deur die passe te plaas en te sien of dit werklik hierdie troefkaart kan hou.
The gentle progress
Ahh, the carefree days of early adulthood. My memories include Brollocks, Terrace, Bohemia, Mavericks and other Stellenbosch places but are dominated by the cars I came into contact with back then. One of them was a then-new Mercedes C180 and almost 20 years later I finally got a chance to test one of its direct descendants in earnest.
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.