The Mercedes Benz brand has always had a certain aura about it. It’s a reputation borne of decades of proven performance, reliability and luxury. Unsurprisingly, every Mercedes Benz that has rolled out of showrooms since around 2005 has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, including Mercedes small SUVs and hatchbacks. Read on to check out their selling points or to see what kinds of features you can add to your own car listing.
Mercedes Benz A-Class
When the first Mercedes Benz A-Class hatchback hit Australian shores in the 1990s it looked like a ski boot on wheels. The range of A-Class sedans and hatchbacks available is extensive with the A140, A150, A160 and A170 high-riding initial models superseded by the sleeker A180, A200 and A250. Add to that the sizzling hot hatches—the AMG A35 and A45—and this is an impressive line-up by any standards.
The fourth-generation A250 is a popular choice thanks to features like a 2.0-L turbo controlled by a 7-speed, double-clutch gearbox and coupled with all-wheel drive. Like the A200, it’s packed with technology including MBUX, which is a Mercedes version of Siri. Recent models are also straining the “small car” description and that means better all-round passenger comfort and 370 L of boot space—that’s almost as much as the Audi A3 Sportsback.
Mercedes Benz B-Class
Bigger than the A-Class but still in the small car sector, the Mercedes Benz B-Class series isn’t quite an SUV either. Rather, it’s a MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle), great for a family who wants to travel in style and safety.
The B180 is taller than the A-Class models, giving it a higher driving position. This is similar to smaller SUVs like the BMW X2. The B180 shares many of the A180 components, including the powertrain and the dashboard with its in-built technology, twin-screen dashboard display and infotainment.
Where the B180 differentiates itself from its little brother is cabin space. Enjoy plenty of room for adults in the back seat and a 455-L cargo capacity in the boot. Fold those rear seats down and it’s almost a mini-van—the 1,450 L of space makes the B180 great for a shopping trip or a bit of weekend antiquing.
Mercedes Benz GLA
Launched in 2014, the Mercedes Benz GLA has seen a successor arrive on our shores in 2020. It’s shorter but taller in stature than the first GLAs, although not quite as big as its rival the Audi Q3. The front-wheel drive GLA200 has both petrol and diesel power plants to choose from. Even though the petrol engine produced by Renault is only 1.3 L, it delivers ample power for getting around town in style.
There’s also a GLA220d (diesel) model and the top of the range GLA 250 with Mercedes 4Matic+ all-wheel drive powered by an impressive 2.0-L turbo. It’s comfortable playing in the dirt using its Off-Road Engineering Package and on the highway, thanks to a choice of driving modes including Comfort, Eco and Sport.
If there’s no little Merc that’s just right for you, there are many other fantastic small cars. Consider the Volvo XC40 SUV or the marvellous Mini Cooper range. You’ll find these and so much more on Gumtree Australia.