Impressed with the A140

I took a holiday to Nice, France recently, and hired a Mercedes A140 from Easycar.
I was slightly surprised that the "budget" hire company was using Mercs but
there we go.
I was full of preconceptions, mainly from what I had read, and knowing that the A-class is pretty expensive compared to other cars of its size.
But I was wrong. First thing was the size of the boot. I thought it was amazingly spacious considering this car is only 3.5meters long, it was easily enough to take all our luggage.
Then came the driving experience. I thought the 1.4 litre engine would be a bit lethargic, but again it was impressive. It pulled strongly, and did deliver impressive accelleration when required. Even during overtaking manourvres I didn't hanker for more power.
On the autoroute I got up to 140km/h (about 90mph), and it felt very good, refined quiet, no problem at all. On the twisties it seemed pretty good too, no, not as sharp as a typical Ford, but certainly not deserving of the mediocre reviews it has been recieving.
To top it all off, it turned out to be very economical too, averaging just under 50mpg on the trip, so this seemed like a very competant car.
The interior space is very impressive too. The sandwich floor takes a little getting used to, as you have to step up when getting into the car (rather like on an off-roader), but it clearly works as space in the back is very generous, better in fact, than many midsized saloons.
I think the car reviewers are plain wrong, mainly because they compare this car to other which are the same size (like VW Polo etc.). But these are cars which are the same size on the *outside*. For interior space, this is a geniune family car, and of course you can park it almost anywhere.
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I'm much in agreement with your observations.
But i would have prefered the A 170 instead. That's far more efficient & economical in fuel consumption & longer driving range on the same volume of fuel. I expect engine noise to be as low if not lower especially upon hard acceleration & crusing. Also, the vastly higher torque which i find more useful than higher power ratings, especially when you have a small but quite heavy car like the A-Class !
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