August 09, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Mercedes-Benz A180 AMG-Line

Noble Introduction

The 4th generation Mercedes-Benz A-class, in sedan (V177) form is a substantial evolution of the brand entry model. Compared to its predecessor, the all-new front-wheel drive A-class sedan like the hatchback uses a longer by 30 mm (1.2 inches) new 2729 mm MFA2 chassis which allowed more surface area to improve the overall design and yield more generous dimensions. It is 5.5-inches shorter than the CLA sedan with an 85-liter smaller boot, taller headroom, and carries over a hundred pounds less weight though they share the same chassis and drivetrain. It is slightly more dynamic and more driver-centric than the CLA180 for significantly less money (P340,000.00 less).

Much like the CLA180, you don’t get the feeling that you are forcing the issue to get into the brand by settling. You do feel like you are in a proper Mercedes-Benz that only differentiates itself from its current siblings by proportions and packaging. The A180 AMG-Line looks really good with the Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and single louvre, traditional AMG-star design 18 x 7.5J alloys wrapped with optimal 225/45R18 91W Continental EcoContact 6 tires combined with an AMG front apron with front splitter in chrome, AMG side sill panels in the vehicle color, and AMG rear apron with chrome trim and visible false exhaust tailpipe trim elements, while the front brake calipers proudly display the Mercedes-Benz logo.

Our Mojave Silver Mercedes-Benz A180 test unit (with black ARTICO leather interior with attractive contrasting red-stitching) certainly looks like it could get your adrenaline rushing but it is more of a reserved driving experience. Mercedes-Benz Philippines is doing their absolute best to package their vehicles with as much standard equipment possible while managing their retail prices. They know full well that the luxury market is at its most challenging now, and they need volume sales so they are not pricing the cars to sit on the showroom floor. Having said that, naturally there are compromises. If you want the full-blown high performance AMG models, Mercedes-Benz Philippines will definitely still sell them to you even if you can only truly explore the dynamics on the racetrack. Yes, there are new road arteries opening up all over the archipelago but they are also now very speed regulated too.

High top-speeds are not important anymore, but acceleration, fuel efficiency, safety, pride of ownership, ride and comfort are more paramount to new buyers in the segment. The 100-watt system 7-inch touchscreen MBUX multimedia system with 180° reversing camera contributes splendidly to this desirable entry-level luxury compact sedan. The signature front and rear LED lighting are excellent. The precise steering and quiet engine combined with the excellent fully independent MacPherson strut/wishbone front and multilink rear suspension, produces more than sufficient driver engagement and entertainment. The front seats are comfortable and supportive while the rear is best used for only two passengers. It is a pity, though, that the rear seats do not have their own a/c vents. The brakes are excellently supported by a comprehensive battery of active and passive safety measures.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1332 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 134 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 148 lb-ft @ 1460-4000 rpm
Transmission 7-Speed DCT

Performance

Top Speed 212 km/h (132 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 8.8 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 5.7 L/100 km Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 2,950,000.00
What's Great Styling, excellent build-quality, good ride and handling, very smooth and efficient.
What's Not So Price. Faux dual exhaust trim. No rear a/c vents.
C! Editors Rating 9/10
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