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Mercedes A-Class in the configurator: We are building a Concept A

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Mercedes A-Class in the configurator
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F earlier, the Mercedes A-class was more of a sensible car . The new generation announced itself in 2009 with a highly acclaimed concept study and whetted the appetite for more. In 2012, the gentlemen from Mercedes also raved about the technology. Words like 'i-phone on wheels' or 'connectivity support' get the blood of technology freaks pumping. You can now tinker with your own dream model in the configurator. For us that means: plunder your virtual account and upgrade the new compact star to the limit. Our idea: the best or nothing!

Diamond grill is only available for the top model

It starts at 36,860.25 Euro (A 250 Sport Sedan) - only at this price does the A-Class come almost as dynamic as the study thanks to the diamond grille, AMG styling with large air inlets and 18-inch AMG rims. The 211 hp four-cylinder petrol engine in combination with the standard seven-speed dual clutch transmission should be enough for brisk progress. Sports suspension, cruise control, air conditioning, electric and heated exterior mirrors, multifunction steering wheel and some safety assistants are already on board as standard. Nevertheless, there are still many small boxes waiting for us to click.

In the next step, numerous packages vie for a place in the shopping cart. The electrically adjustable driver's seat for 398.65 euros is mandatory, as are the automatically folding and dimming exterior mirrors for 351 euros. The Lane Package with Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist for just under 900 euros ensures more safety, the AMG Exclusive Package for 1,250 euros and the Night package for 465 euros (chrome trim, black painted exterior mirrors and dark-tinted glass) and the Ambient lighting from the light and sight package further enhances the A-Class inside and out. We protect ourselves against theft with the alarm system for 476 euros. Almost 6,000 euros can be invested in this configuration step. The cash register rings, the price tag is already over 42,000 euros.

Mercedes A-Class for more than 50,000 euros

Next step: selection of paintwork and rims. A little more shine wouldn't be bad. Therefore, only one of the seven metallic paint finishes is possible for 655 euros each. Mercedes does not offer any other rims for the A 250 Sport Sedan. The same picture with the upholstery andDecorative elements. The sports seats are covered with black leather and red decorative stitching, there are no more options.

It continues with the special equipment for the Mercedes A-Class (>> to the presentation ). Again, we take everything we can get for money. Panoramic sunroof for over 1,000 euros? Click. The parking heater, which costs almost 1,500 euros for cold days? Put it in! Automatic air conditioning for 607 euros? A must!

The infotainment system, which costs 3,332 euros and has a six-disc DVD changer, is also a must for us. It can spit out its sound through the Harman Kardon speakers for just under 800 euros. Convenient telephony with a Bluetooth-enabled telephone module for a total of almost 1,000 euros and the drive kit for our Apple i-Phone, which is more expensive than the popular smartphone itself at 690 euros, is also important to us Amazement: our Mercedes A-Class has long since cracked the 50,000 euro mark.

Security options for almost 4,000 euros

But the end of the story has not yet been reached. We also spare no expense in terms of safety equipment and send parking assistants, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera, side airbags in the rear, accident early warning system (Pre Safe), heated windscreen washer and the intelligent lighting system to the shopping cart for a total of almost 4,000 euros.

The entry-level price of our sporty Mercedes A-Class (>> Comparison A-Class vs B-Class ) at the end of the configuration there is a purchase price of 56,061 euros - for a compact car, mind you. But we also drive a brand new car with the latest Mercedes technology and the almost emotionality of the Concept A. Just the best or nothing.

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