Merc A200 Turbo 3dr - One Minute Test
26 January 2006
Mercedes creates an unlikely prestige hot- hatch with a range topping turbocharged three-door A-class.
Smooth and punchy 193PS 2.0-litre turbo lacks lag, pulling strongly from just 1800rpm. Effortless performance and overtaking power is available in almost any gear.
Good: Distinctive looks stand out from the crowd, while mpv-high driving position offers great visibility. The well-equipped cabin feels special and is well made.
Average: The A200's thirst matches the Golf GTi (34.9mpg), but the baby Merc loses out on cost per mile - 37.0p against the VW's 34.0p.
Poor: The ride is far too stiff for the UK. Putting the power down on anything less than smooth roads forces constant ESP intervention
Verdict: An upmarket alternative to the Golf GTi, but it's too expensive, too firm and can't really compete in terms of fun factor.
An upmarket alternative to the Golf GTi, but it's too expensive, too firm and can't really compete in terms of fun factor.