Rented Mercedes-Benz A-Class Test Drive
- 23 May 2013
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It goes without saying that test drives are absolutely essential when looking at buying a new car. But sometimes one drive just isn’t enough. Sometimes even two or three drives isn’t really enough to tell you if a car is right for you. Sometimes if you really want to see what a vehicle has to offer, you just have to test it over a longer period. And what better way to do so than with a road trip? For me, road trips are the absolute best part of driving anyway; the freedom, the long open roads. But how can I test drive a vehicle for that long, you ask? By renting one, of course. We figured why skimp on a few bucks if it means that your thousands are going on the right car? In our case, the car we picked was the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Now, I’m treating myself to a bit of luxury here, because i’m not sure I could personally afford one of these cars normally, but that’s another benefit of not having to pay in full! And this rival to the Audi A3 did not disappoint. With our fishing gear just about able to fit in the boot, we set off from Chicago just before noon. The A-Class’s small size makes city driving so much easier, and it wasn’t long before we were on the interstate, and en route to our destination, Lake Geneva. The first thing we noticed was the noise of the vehicle: there wasn’t any. That’s right, listen to this computer screen and that’s pretty much the sound of the A-Class travelling at 70 mph. And it even handles great at top speed too, due to refinements made since the last A-Class model.
We hit a few potholes after coming onto 75th Street and were impressed by how well the A-Class handled these even at high speed, no doubt assisted by its multi link rear suspension system. The real joy of this car though is the long, slow and comfortable drive you get over a distance, which is really why you need to rent one in order to get that experience. You just can’t get a proper sense of the vehicle in a short test drive, with a sweaty salesman jabbering specs in your ear. You can find that information right here anyway: 1796cc, 4 Cylinder, Rear Wheel Drive, 134 bhp, CO2, 0-62 in 9.3 secs, Top speed 131 mph. Happy now? There are several models in the latest A-Class range, but we went with the A180 BlueEfficiency manual and found it to be pretty efficient over this kind of distance. Upon arrival at Lake Geneva, we calculated about 65 miles to the gallon. It might not have the same power of some of its contenders, but the A-Class is a great car for long distance trips. Don’t just take our word for it though, try renting one yourself from www.mercedes-benz-leasing.co.uk.