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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2018, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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All A-Class configurations tested and reviewed

Carmagazine has had the opportunity to get some hands on time with all three of the engines that will be available from launch. While they are impressed with the value proposition that Mercedes has presented here, they don't know how well it will hold up to the likes of the new BMW 1 series or the Audi A3. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-re...ass-hatchback/
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 12:34 PM
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I do think the level of technology that's been placed in the A-Class will be better than what's offered on entry level models from BMW and Audi. It's a bit misleading from all the test cars, but you can bet that these large screen MBUX systems will probably be an expensive add on.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-13-2018, 07:50 PM
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Sometimes just doing better than the next guy and offering a product with more premiumness in an attractive price bracket just works. Its how the CLA came about.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2018, 12:06 PM
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Imo the A Class has the sharpest looking hatchback variant of the 3, and the A45 is definitely going to be class leading in regards to specs. Audi does have the advantage of a plug in hybrid with the e-tron Sportback however.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-22-2018, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Reports are that Audi is pulling the plug on the hybrid version of the A3, mostly due to poor sales numbers and changes to the WLTP. A lot of manufacturers seem to be struggling with the new regulations including BMW, MB and VW.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-26-2018, 06:44 AM
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Reports are that Audi is pulling the plug on the hybrid version of the A3, mostly due to poor sales numbers and changes to the WLTP. A lot of manufacturers seem to be struggling with the new regulations including BMW, MB and VW.
A3 doesn't cover enough consumer needs and this holds very true as you look at what other car makers are prioritizing. Even with its regular petrol and diesel powertrains, it still didn't check all boxes.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-27-2018, 12:13 PM
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I think the main reason why its seeing declining sales in Europe is because its no longer eligible for the 3500 grant. Only electrics and hybrids with more than 70 miles of range can now receive it.
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