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Mercedes-Benz wind-cheating A-Class sedan arrives

In the small premium class above $40,000 the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback is the big-seller year to date and the arrival this week of the sedan variant will no doubt boost the A-Class’s presence. First sedan to arrive is the A200 at $49,400 while the entry A180 sedan will be here in August at $44,900. Given the success of the larger C-Class sedan here, Mercedes-Benz Australia’s top-selling model, the more affordable A-Class sedan should be very well received – good looking, in some ways much better to look at than the A-Class hatch which to my mind lost some of its appeal in the latest series. The sedan is 130 millimetres longer and 6mm higher than the hatch. Importantly, it breaks new ground in Aerodynamic efficiency – with a drag co-efficient of just 0.22, the lowest ever measured for a passenger vehicle and cuts the air very cleanly. The A200’s 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine and 7-speed direct shift automatic claimed to return just 5.7L/100km. I’m David Berthon

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