If you’re looking for a reason to lease a new Mercedes there are two very good ones heading in your direction. Not that anyone really needs an excuse to choose that particular badge, but if you’re in need of a little persuasion you should seriously consider the new A-Class and B-Class offerings.
The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and B-Class are now on sale in the UK.
The line-up for the A-Class starts with the A 180 Sport Executive hatchback, while those opting for the B-Class can consider the B 200 Sport Executive saloon. The plug-in hybrid A 250 e will also be joining them over the next few months.
The new A-Class features a range of engines including both petrol and diesel options.
Powertrain options for the A-Class are A 180, A 200, A 200 D and A 250 e, while the B-Class can be specified with two options, the B 200 and B 200 D. All petrol options are now mild hybrids too so you will also get an additional 48-volt electrical system with 10kW more power for improved acceleration. The new A-Class and B-Class are available with either a seven- or eight-speed DCT gearbox depending on engine choice.
The plug-in hybrid versions can be specified as either an A 250 e Hatchback or Saloon and offer a pleasingly sporty 215bhp from the combined petrol engine and electric motor. Plug-in hybrid versions can now be charged with up to 11kW of alternating current, with a DC charge from 10% to 80% taking around 25 minutes.
Five model lines are available
These lines include Sport Executive, AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium, AMG Line Premium Plus, and the new Exclusive Launch Edition. All of them offer a wide range of technology and driver aids, as well as a whole load of new options to choose from.
Exterior upgrades include new front LED headlights – with adaptive high beam as standard - and rear LEDs. Multibeam LED headlights are also fitted as standard on Premium Plus models. Alloy wheel options for the A-Class and B-Class now start with a newly designed 17 inch alloy for the Sport Executive, going all the way up to a 19 inch AMG multi-spoke alloy for the AMG Line Premium Plus.
Interior technology in the new A-Class and B-Class has also been improved. The latest generation MBUX infotainment is now included, which brings you the ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant, as well as cutting-edge navigation, telematics, and a fingerprint scanner. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, as is USB-C charging. Opting for a Premium Plus model will also get you a heads-up display and MBUX interior assistant, as well as the 360-degree parking camera.
The 10.25-inch driver and media displays are now standard, with high resolution graphics and new designs unique to the car. Both the new A- and B-Class feature new driver display graphics split across Classic, Sporty and Discreet. Each screen graphic features designs that display the most important information on the 10.25-inch screen.
Inside the new A-Class and B-Class you’ll also benefit from four-way lumbar support in the seats as standard, while a choice of either black or grey interior colour schemes are available. Interior material choices include comfort seats that feature fabrics in the centre section made from 100% recycled material. The Sports seats on the AMG Line variants also feature up to 65% recycled materials.
Ambient lighting is also now included as standard, while the B-Class has a new Star Pattern trim available as an option. Paintwork choices include up to three different solid paint finishes, five metallic paints and two Mercedes-exclusive Manufaktur paints.
So, if you were looking for an excuse to lease yourself a Mercedes then the new A-Class and B-Class could be exactly the justification you’ve been waiting for. Start here.
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