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The A-Class is your key to the Mercedes-Benz life

The humble entry-level model comes as a sedan or as a hatchback

The A-Class is perfect for the new generation of Mercedes owners. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

The letter A is the first to come in the alphabet. For Mercedes-Benz, it also symbolizes its entry-level models. If you wanted a crossover, that’s what the Mercedes-Benz GLA is for. But for the traditional enthusiasts, that’s where the A-Class comes in.

For one, it’s offered either as a sedan or a hatchback, so buyers are spoiled for choice when it comes to form factors.

Hatchback or sedan, the choice is yours. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

The A180 hatchback starts at P3.15 million, while its sedan sibling is a little more affordable, starting at P3.09 million. Both come with the AMG Line package, with aggressive front and rear fascias, and sporty 18-inch AMG five-twin-spoke wheels. It also carries all the prestige that its more expensive siblings bear, with features like high-performance LED headlamps and a diamond-style radiator grille that proudly displays the famed star.

A modern, luxurious, and comfortable interior awaits you inside the A-Class. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

Step inside and you’re greeted by a cabin that has everything you need to luxuriously get around in the 21st century. You can control the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (or MBUX) operating system displayed on the seven-inch digital instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch touchscreen by voice controls, by the touchpad, or by the touch controls found on the steering wheel.

You will be able to enjoy the ride with the suite of driver-assistance systems this car comes with. PHOTO FROM MERCEDES-BENZ

You will have a very comfortable ride, too, thanks to the Artico leather- and Dinamica microfiber-upholstered seats. It also comes with the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive suite of driver-assistance systems, like the Active Parking Assist with Parktronic, and the Active Braking Assist with braking support and autonomous braking if the situation calls for it.

If you want more power, the AMG A35 is always there to fill that void. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Both of these are powered by a 1.3-liter in-line-four with 136hp and 200Nm, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. It’s the right combination of frugal and peppy, but if you crave more power, Mercedes-AMG offers the AMG A35 range, also in hatchback and sedan forms. That has a 2.0-liter four-banger with 306hp and 400Nm, which is a guaranteed recipe for fun. You can read our first impressions of that vehicle here.

Interested? You can check out the A-Class at your nearest Mercedes-Benz showrooms located at EDSA-Greenhills, Bonifacio Global City, Alabang, and Cebu.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.