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Mercedes A 220 d in How To Cars endurance test

A busy and moving life is apparently part of the standard equipment for the Mercedes A-Class. This applies to the entire model series, which started in 1997 as a long-legged compact van with balance problems in the moose test and – meanwhile much flatter and more modern – has become a real success story for Mercedes.

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However, the W 177 should not have a successor from 2025 – which we extremely regret after 102,507 kilometers of endurance testing with our Jupiter red A 220 d. We experienced a lot with the compact Benz and had a lot of fun, we will miss it. But first things first. Already on the maiden voyage in October 2019, colleague Joachim Staat, who is now also retired, attested to the Swabian: “Forget the GTD, the 220 d is better.”

Mercedes A 220 d in endurance test: 6.3 liters consumption

An assessment that hardly anyone contradicted in the following two and a half years. With impressive nonchalance, the two-liter shook its 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque from the four cylinders, brought the smallest star to 100 km/h in around seven seconds and ran with particular preference beyond the 200 km/h mark on the autobahns of this republic. Truly impressive.

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engine

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displacement

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perfomance

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Max. Torque

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drive

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curb weight

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payload

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trunk

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top speed

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Consumption*

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Exhaust gas* CO2

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Four-cylinder, turbo, front transverse

140 kW (190 hp) at 3800 rpm

Front-wheel drive/8-speed DCT


And even increase. Because despite all the dynamics, the self-igniting A-Class never tended to drink. On the contrary: over the entire distance with a lot of deadline pressure and mileage scrubbing on the motorway, the 220d remained fully on target with 6.3 l/100 km. And, also thanks to the superior eight-speed double clutch, acoustically always elegant in the background.

On the few leisurely pleasure trips in between, there was also a five in front of the decimal point, and a range of over 1000 kilometers could be achieved without any problems. The cockroach was also not wasteful when it came to AdBlue requirements. With a little more than one liter every 1000 kilometers, the generously dimensioned urea tank (23.8 l) ensured predictable stops.

Travel and comfort: one with an asterisk

Only the costs were completely incalculable. We experienced everything between one and five euros per liter. On the other hand, the opinions on the subject of travel and comfort are quite clear: one with an asterisk. Okay, the A-Class isn’t a miracle of space, but it’s enough for small families. In view of the pleasantly firm upholstery and a forgivingly appealing chassis, parts of the editorial team even saw some C-Class lagging behind.

In any case, the compact was fully suitable for long journeys. As Joachim State put it, the “beautiful workmanship with a dash of glimmer glamor and the attentive LED light” supported this. Yes, many people were only too happy to get used to this Benz. “What a wonderful car – small, handy, clear,” enthused colleague Conny Poltersdorf and praised the Swabian not only as a travel professional, but also as a sporty city runabout.

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Operating costs/fixed costs per year

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Liability 15 (100%, SF 5)*

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Fully comprehensive 22 (300 € SB, SF 5)*

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Partial coverage 24 (€150 SB, SF 5)*

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Motor vehicle tax (Euro 6d-ISC)

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Fuel costs for 102,507 km

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6403.30 liters of diesel (= 6.3 l/100 km)

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Engine oil refill requirement 0 litres

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Inspection costs (including oil change)

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25,000km

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50,000km

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75,000km

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Tire costs (incl. assembly)

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1 set of summer tires 225/45 R 18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4

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1 set of winter tires 225/45 R 18 Pirelli Sottozero

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prices/depreciation

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Test car price 10/19 (including extras)

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Current original price (incl. extras)***

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Estimate 3/22

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Depreciation of the test car

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Total cost for two years

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to 102,507 km

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Cost per km

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However, a certain level problem of the Benz was noticed, especially in the urban environment. Because the A-Class inherently has little ground clearance and its nose sniffs quite low over the asphalt, steep underground car park driveways or particularly serious speed bumps have caused it to come into contact with the ground. So after the first ugly bounce at the latest, we were very careful. However, this does not change the fact that you descend very deeply into the A class – no fun for tall guys with backs.

Some overly cautious assistants

And sometimes a fundamental problem, as Conny Poltersdorf had to find out: “With very high curbs, passengers sometimes have difficulty opening the door – I’ve never experienced that before.” The MBUX infotainment, on the other hand, received a lot of praise. Understandable language assistance, sharp displays, well-oriented navigation – you could rely on the multimedia services of the A-Class. Yes, the fact that Apple CarPlay was still connected to the cable and the touchpad repeatedly provoked incorrect operation was annoying, but we could get over it.

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acceleration

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0-50km/h

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0-100km/h/-130km/h

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0-160km/h

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intermediate sprint

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60-100km/h

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80-120km/h

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braking distance

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from 100 km/h cold

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from 100 km/h warm

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interior noise

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Some colleagues reacted less relaxed to the sometimes overcautious assistants. Old markings in construction sites or pedestrians in the curve area (but on the sidewalk!) sometimes prompted the security forces to intervene – that’s better. When the 100,000 kilometers were full, there was still only one wish: Can’t he stay? But the editorial request did not help, and S-AK 4212 was also dismantled into its individual parts by AUTO BILD and DEKRA.

Wear and tear? Nothing dramatic!

Already with the first hand movements it was noticeable that the interior still looked comparatively fresh and showed little wear and tear. Abrasions on the driver’s floor mat and slight ripples in the upholstery of the front seats testified to the diligent effort of the pilots, otherwise the compact Mercedes was still in good shape. And so it continued in the further course of the dismantling. Here a slight chafe in the fender, there a subtle rust on the underbody and a leak in an air conditioning line, from which about 170 grams of refrigerant escaped – not nothing, but not dramatic. Rather a sign of an eventful car life.
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reliability

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broken down

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engine/transmission damage

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Defective drive/functional parts

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Additional short workshop visit

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Additional multi-day workshop stay

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Defects and special work (radio/navigation/liquids etc.)

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Defective small parts (lamps etc.)

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Long-term quality (from dismantling)

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Body (preservation, paint, carpets, panels)

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Engine (performance, tightness, deposits, running marks)

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Transmission (tightness, abrasion, condition, clutch)

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Exhaust system (condition, cat, suspension, shielding plates)

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Chassis (axles, suspension, steering, attachment)

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Electrics (cables, plugs, control units, fuses)

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Daily Score/Driving

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From the entries in the logbook

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total points

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