The new Merc A200d: The perfect blend of elegance and power

The Mercedes Benz A-class is the entry-level sedan offering from the automaker. Although it has the tag of an entry-level luxury sedan, the A200d still offers world class design and performance. In this review, we take a closer look at the features, performance, and overall driving experience of the Mercedes A200d.


At the heart of this Mercedes lies a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine which can produce up to 110kW of power and 320Nm of torque. The engine directs power to the front wheels through an eight-speed DCT transmission. With a top speed of 227 km/h, the a200d can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.2 seconds. 

The sedan has a fuel tank capacity of 43L, and the fuel efficiency is a notable highlight of the A200d. Even with a fuel efficiency of 4.5L/100km, the automaker ensures that the power doesn't compromise on sustainability. The combination of power and efficiency makes the A200d a versatile choice for those who appreciate performance without sacrificing responsible driving.

While the Mercedes-Benz leaves no room for complaints about the car’s engine specs, you could find more fun to drive cars in the segment. But the best thing about this sedan is the ride comfort and engine refinement, which you may not get in other cars in the segment.


The Mercedes A200d makes a bold statement with its sleek and aerodynamic design. The iconic Mercedes-Benz grille, coupled with the sculpted lines and LED lighting, gives the A200d a distinct and modern appearance. The attention to detail is evident in every curve, showcasing the brand's commitment to luxury and aesthetics. Furthermore, the A200d comes equipped with 16-inch multi-spoke-light alloy wheels that are aerodynamically optimised and painted in high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish.


When it comes to entry-level luxury models, the interior design can often feel lacking. However, the A-class breaks away from this trend. This sedan boasts an interior that not only carries a premium aesthetic but also lives up to the renowned standards of Mercedes-Benz. The centre stack is adorned with a trio of circular air vents, adding a touch of decorative flair.

For those seeking an elevated experience, the cabin of the A200d offers optional upscale features, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, and LED interior lighting. The front seats are designed for enhanced comfort so you can make memorable long commutes.

Versatility is a key highlight, as the standard folding back seat follows a 40/20/40 split, allowing you to accommodate items that are too large for the boot. However, the boot space is one of the major drawbacks of the A200d. While the vehicle excels in many areas, it falls short in this department, offering just 395l of space. 


The Mercedes A200d prioritises safety with a suite of advanced features. Standard offerings typically include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist. The car's rigid body structure, combined with seven airbags, enhances occupant protection. Additional safety features include a 360-degree camera system for improved visibility and parking assistance. 

It also comes equipped with the GUARD 360° vehicle protection that ensures comprehensive monitoring of the vehicle's surroundings. With features such as an anti-theft alarm system and emergency key deactivation, swift action is also provided. The Stolen Vehicle Help service enhances the likelihood of recovering your vehicle if it’s stolen. 


The Mercedes-Benz A200d comes equipped with several cutting-edge connectivity features. The interior gets a minimalist and elegant centre dashboard. The 7-inch infotainment screen may look small but it’s feature-loaded and very responsive. You can also connect your phone via Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Furthermore, the sound quality of the speakers is impressive for the segment and even the base model comes equipped with an 8-speaker sound system. 


The Mercedes A200d competes mainly with the BMW 2-series Gran Coupe and Audi A3. However, you may also explore options such as Audi A4. Mercedes-Benz CLA Class, BMW 3-series, Toyota Camry, Lexus ES, and Volvo S60. 


The price for Mercedes-Benz A200d in South Africa starts from R 843,188 and it may increase further if you go for optional packages. (Prices correct at time of publication.)

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