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2019 Mercedes-Benz A 200 arrives August, on sale from $47,200

The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class will arrive in Australia in August, bringing with it Mercedes’s MBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit and touchscreen as well as a some new safety features.

At least initially, only the A 200 will be offered with the A180 and A250 models to become available later in the year. The new model takes on some exterior design changes and will feature new petrol engines across the range.

The A 200 uses a new 1.33-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, codenamed M 282, which produces 120kW and 250Nm and is matched to a seven-speed ‘7G-DCT’ automatic transmission. Mercedes-Benz claims the new A 200 features a combined fuel consumption of 5.7L/100km.

Buyers will appreciate the increase in shoulder room (+9mm front/+22mm rear), elbow room (+35mm front/+36mm rear), and headroom (+7mm front/+8mm rear). The boot is also larger at 370 litres (up 30 litres). Mercedes also says all-round visibility has been improved by reducing the pillar claddings by around 10 per cent.

New to the A-Class is the MBUX multimedia system. It offers “intelligent voice control with natural language comprehension”, which is activated by the keyword “Hey Mercedes”, or by using a button on the steering wheel. The LINGUATRONIC system supports many infotainment functions, including destination input, phone calls, music selection, writing and hearing messages. The system is said to be capable of learning the driver’s voice, and answers from the system are varied to make sure it doesn’t sound repetitive.

A standout feature in the all-new A-Class is the widescreen cockpit. Driver’s can select from three display styles, including Classic, Sport, and Discreet. Settings can be saved for multiple drivers so to access their favourite settings easily.

Other standard equipment on the A 200 includes new 18-inch alloy wheels, standard LED headlights with adaptive high beam assist, keyless start, and wireless charging.

Safety has also been addressed, with features including active brake assist with semi-autonomous braking function, active parking assist, active lane keep assist, blind spot assist with exit warning, traffic sign assist, and reversing camera. There’s also no less than nine air bags, which includes front, pelvis side and window bags for driver and front passenger, side bags for rear occupants, and knee bag for driver.

The Mercedes-Benz A 200 arrives next month and will be priced from $47,200 plus on-road costs. Stay tuned for more details and pricing on the A 180, A 200, and upcoming AMG models once the details become available.

Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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