A200 Sedan CKD Review: top choice for long-distance drive
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched the highly-anticipated 2021 A-Class Sedan CKD back in October. The locally-assembled compact sedan is offered here in two variants, namely the A200 Progressive Line and A250 AMG Line
We had a quick go at the A200 Sedan and here’s what we think is cool about this car.
As for the brief look, it is a good family car of choice, especially for those who don’t cover a fair mileage and fuel consumption but still want practicality and a stylish car.
The A200 is powered by a 1.3-litre turbocharged mill good for 163bhp and 250 Nm of torque and the engine is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The A200 is also a top choice for a long-distance drive as it glides smoothly through the highway but with a deep rumbling sound that may be evident during the drive. The noise from outside is easily masked by the soothing sound of music on your playlist.
Aside from the engine and obvious trim differences, the A200 is generously equipped with LED lighting, 18-inch wheels, reverse cameras, and the latest MBUX infotainment system projected on a 10.25-inch screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The overall packages are largely identical to what we used to get with the CBU models, making the V177 A-Class Sedan a much more tempting proposition than before, rivaled only by BMW's similarly localized 218i Gran Coupe.
Inside is where the A200 stands out from the competition, thanks to technology that has been passed down from larger Mercedes-Benz models, making it feel like a reiterated S-Class on the inside. This fourth-generation release in the diminutive A-Class is no less swanky, easy to navigate, and extremely user-friendly, notably the addition of dual-zone automatic climate control to replace the single-zone system. This is significant because you now get rear air-conditioning vents, which were conspicuously absent on the CBU cars.
On top of that, the A200 can also be fashioned with its customisable settings of up to three presets when it comes to configuring the inclination, height and position of your seats. If you’re taking turns to change drivers — we know how long-distance drives can be taxing — and it only takes a touch of a button to your seating position from point A to point B.
The A200 is priced at RM219,888 including the ongoing sales tax (SST) exemption that lasts until 30th June 2022 that's scheduled to run out at the end of the year, on-the-road without insurance. This represents an RM10,000 price reduction for the A200 Progressive Line. With that being said, the A200 Progressive Line has also become the most affordable passenger car in Mercedes-Benz Malaysia's current catalogue as a result.