Mercedes A-Class (W 176) / GLA / CLA
Engines: 90 PS (160 CDI) to 381 PS (45 AMG)
Price: from 11,200 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2012): 5 Stars
Mercedes A-Class (type W 169)
Construction time: 2004 to 2012
Engines: 82 PS (160 CDI) to 193 PS (200 Turbo)
Price: from 950 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2005): 5 Stars
That’s him: Larger and 31 cm longer, but just as ingenious as the first edition from 1997, which is actually the Mercedes-Customers should rejuvenate – and then, not least, was bought by senior citizens. This also applies to the second series W169. And for a good reason: The amount of space, suspension comfort and driving stability are convincing. The second was also in terms of the choice of materials and workmanship A classGeneration represents a step forward compared to the first series. What has remained is the sandwich construction with a double floor, a high seating position and a completely flat vehicle floor. Until 2010 there was also a three-door in addition to the five-door.
Not a real weak point of the A class, neither the second nor the third generation. The axle suspensions are solid in both generations, as is the steering and its joints. Only the axle springs and damping of the W169 show increasing values, but remain below the average. In eleven-year-old specimens, the drive shafts occasionally weaken; they are criticized more often than on average. Both series practically do not have any safety-relevant rust attack.
The W176 reveals light deficiencies only to a below average extent, with the predecessor W169 you have to take a closer look due to age. In nine-year-olds, the TÜV criticizes the dipped beam a little more than the average, and with eleven-year-olds, the front lighting in general. Turn signals and hazard warning lights are criticized more than average from the age of nine.
for A class Number three, a rather average result with no real flaws. Both models have durable brake pads in common. If there is trouble, however, it is with the W169: After 11 years, the brake lines are complained about 2.5 times as often as the average. His parking brakes also weaken more than average from a vehicle age of nine years.
No significant weak point in either generation. Loss of oil does not bother them any more than the exhaust system. At the AU, too, both cut A class-Series perform better than average.