Mercedes offers adaptive damping on A-Class range

Mercedes is tinkering with its A-Class range and making what are thought to be some minor adjustments. The best news for the range is pretty powerful stuff, however, as adaptive damping is now being offered as an option on the top-of-the-range models.

There are two different modes to choose from: Sport or Comfort. The word from motoring experts is that the A-Class gives a smoother ride using the adaptive damping technology than the previous generation.

Apart for the adaptive damping, cosmetic changes for the range include a revision of the light clusters and a different front grille, although the difference is so slight that you need to look twice to spot it. The exhaust is more neatly integrated into the rear structure and there are a few new colours, including metallic green.

Inside the cabin there is a new twin-tube instrument cluster, and the front seats are more comfortable. There is also an eight-inch infotainment screen, and new trims and finishes and colours are available. From next year the A-Class will also come with MirrorLink technology and Apple CarPlay.

Performance-wise the A45 is pretty quick, with a top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 4.2 seconds. At the other end of the range's performance scale is the A180, which accelerates from 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds and has a top speed of 118mph. The 1.5 diesel is the champion for eco-minded drivers, emitting 89g/km CO2 and returning 80.7 miles per gallon.