We are pretty sure that the Mercedes-Benz brand name is a familiar sight to you by now. If you are not, your should read our site more often, and you need to go out more. The three-pointed star from Germany has made some of the most iconic vehicles we can find on the market today. They made one of the most compelling hot-hatches of all time, in the last generation Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. It was, at its time, the most powerful production hot-hatch in the market. One of the fastest as well in that.
The A-Class then had a lot to live up to, especially when they launched a brand new line of the A-Class earlier this year. The A250 AMG Line was the range topper at the time too. The A250 AMG Line had to go up against the likes of Malaysia’s best-selling Golf GTI in their own segment. They had to go up against the Honda Civic Type R too in some sense. But there was a problem with the A250 AMG Line; the new look is more subdued, more tame than aggressive, more family friendly than youthful. That may be all fine but the biggest problem is that it looked a little too understated, a little odd compared to all its bigger brothers. It lacked the powerful dramatic look of the old A-Class it replaces. It looked incomplete somehow.
Then there is a sort of equivalent CLA-Class from the previous generation. It maintained that pretty and aggressive looking A-Class front fascia with a longer tail, a proper boot. To us, that look was not great, although it did grow on me a little bit when I see it rolling down the road. The new A-Class lacked a sedan sibling though at this point and we were all expecting the CLA to come sooner or later to fill that gap in the market.
Surprise, surprise; Mercedes-Benz launches the new A-Class Limousine, ‘Limousine’ is really what they used to name the car. Straight away there is a problem. The ‘Limousine’ moniker is not entirely wrong, it is a luxurious sedan, and that is what a Limousine is technically. The term ‘Limousine’ though, for Malaysians at least, is coined only for a luxo-barge that is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or at minimum the C-Class. So, not a good start? I say; subjective. The naming of it is really just a minor thing on a car. It still retained the A-Class name, kind of like the Rothschild family naming their new baby; the baby is still a Rothschild even though they call him Peabottom Rothschild.
The problem does not really end there though. The new A-Class Limousine is based on the outgoing A-Class that is on sale now and launched earlier this year. On paper then, it may not sound like a good idea; to me anyway. Like the CLA that was based on the old A-Class hatchback, the recipe does tend to spoil the look a little bit to something that we may not agree with. Beauty is in the eyes of its beholder though, so do let us know what you think on that. In this case though, in the case of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine, I think Mercedes-Benz has pretty much solved the issue.
The new A-Class in sedan body is a pretty thing. You still get the same front-end and fascia. The long bonnet that is signature of Mercedes-Benz A-Class is still there and still remains the same dimension as the A-Class hatchback. Pull to the back and the hatchback is now extended with a proper boot which also means more space for your luggage for longer trips, or even short getaway trips with even more clothes. Yes, it will fit your golf bags too, there is no need to push the seats down to fit your golf sticks now. The part where the squishy bit (us) goes into remains the same best-in-class capacity.
The thing is though now the car does not look awkward. Unlike the A-Class hatchback, the Limousine looks complete; the rear looks like it belonged there in the first place. The added book stretched the wheelbase very slightly but that gives is a better stance from the side, that makes the elongated bonnet a more proportionate look. It looks good in flesh. Sure it still maintains that new headlight design which feels a little small to me, a little ‘sepet’ as they say in Bahasa Malaysia. That raised cheeks with a bigger gaping front splitter at the bottom of the front also does not help its weird delighted, yet angry look. But as a package, somehow it looks great, it looks pretty, it looks like a proper Mercedes-Benz.
Internally, it packs the same engine as the A-Class. At this point you have a choice of either a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, or a 2.0-litre turbocharged one. The A200 Limousine (1.4L 4-pot turbo) will churn out 163 horses while the A250 AMG Line Limousine with 2.0-litre turbo engine will carry 224 horses through its wheels. The engines has to carry more weight at the back of the car though but the A250 AMG Line Limousine is still brisk (0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds).
The interior is still the same interior as the old A-Class. That was not a complaint though, the iconic Mercedes-Benz interior still wins my heart in terms of comfort and class. Everything is where they should be and everything looks good. The only thing I might find a little annoying is how everything is shinier than even my mirror at home. Some direct sunlight may reflect on these panels into our eyes and we go blind for one second. Nevertheless, the interior is always a nice place to be in. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience is much better than Mercedes-Benz Command of old too, so that is a bonus.
The brand new A-Class Limousine is now available for viewing across all Mercedes-Benz showrooms in Malaysia. Currently there are only two specifications of the car that you can buy. The A200 will go for MYR229,888 while the A250 AMG Line goes at MYR267,888. Of course there will be more options for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine in the future. The new A-Class limousine also launches in conjunction of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Kuala Lumpur 2019 that will be going on today onward until the weekend is over (14 April, 2019).