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  • Paul Gover road tests and reviews the Mercedes-Benz A Sport 4Matic with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

    A is for all-wheel drive. That's the lesson learned with the new Mercedes-Benz A Sport 4Matic.

    We test the Mercedes-Benz A Sport 4Matic to see if all-wheel drive has improved or detracted from the performance of the hot-hatch.

    The A Sport fits the bill. At that price, it loses to the more spacious, better-finished, more powerful and faster S3. The gearshifts are crisp, rapid and fuss-free at speed, though there's still a tad of low-speed hesitation, for example when you're taking off from an intersection. Contributor, historic racer and associate editor on our sister website Parkers.

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    A is for all-wheel drive. The big change for the new A? And it makes an enormous difference to how it drives. The 4Matic system is similar to that used in the A45, with the ability to split torque up to It still uses the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, though that has been tweaked to include a new launch control system.

    The engine produces its torque across a broad range, from rpm, and as such it is quite linear in the way it delivers its grunt. The gearshifts are crisp, rapid and fuss-free at speed, though there's still a tad of low-speed hesitation, for example when you're taking off from an intersection. Controlling how the engine and transmission behaves is simple thanks to the Dynamic Select toggle switch — that button also alters the steering response, throttle sharpness and air-conditioning intensity, and, for the first time, the A Sport has adaptive suspension dampers.

    The constantly variable dampers are designed to offer both a dynamic drive experience, while also working to cosset the occupants in less demanding driving. In Comfort mode the ride is, err, comfortable, which is the first time anyone has probably been able to say that about the A In its pre-facelift guise it was somewhat brittle and sharp over bumps particularly with the larger inch wheels.

    The suspension still remains firm enough to hold a relatively flat line through corners, even in the most comfortable mode. The suspension instantly feels more rigid and hard riding, but even in this drive setting the ride is not nearly as harsh as in the pre-facelift car. It is compliant yet firm, but not crashy.

    And through corners Sport mode makes the car sit flat and unflustered, with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system ensuring the car holds a better line it may have in its front-drive days.

    It stays truer to its line, even if you lift off the throttle mid-way through a corner. Previously the tail could snap into oversteer, but if you lift off the throttle in the 4Matic there's no unsettled moment, and when you jab the right pedal again to push out of the corner there's plenty of traction available.

    Indeed, it lacks the linearity and feedback through the wheel of the old front-driver; that intrinsic, connected feeling that you always knew precisely what was happening at the front hoops has been somewhat dissipated. Full pricing is to be confirmed at a later date, but you can see what new equipment will be standard in the A-Class range here.

    That eye-catching rear spoiler also gets green bits, as do the side mirrors. There are Petronas green trim highlights on the seats and air-vent surrounds, as well as green stitching on the dash, floor-mats and armrests. There is even green trimming on the seatbelts, while the seats themselves are covered in a mix of black leather and Dinamica microfiber.

    However, the new 8. The new, larger screen makes a brilliant monitor for the standard reverse-view camera, too. Storage is dealt with up front with a pair of cupholders between the seats as well as a small bin to put a bottle or your valuables, while the centre console features dual-USB inputs.

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