After a long hunt in the pages of the word wide web, I found little clear evidence of green-painted cars. Then I saw one in reality. From Mercedes no less. And they have discovered other colours too.
The colour is Elbaitgreen. Under real sunlight it is a bit lighter than the colour shown in the image, almost yellowish or ffinchy. Also, the transitions from light to dark are smoother than on the picture. That might be to do with the metallic particles in the paint. It gives the car a luminescent and vibrant character.
Amazingly it seems not to be an option on the cheapest A-Classes in Germany and I looked at all seven versions. Out of nine paint options, only one was a proper colour, Luscious Tangerine Pink**. Germany is also denied the rather nice Canyon Brown colour which you can see if you take a look at the image below. I can only presume that the lack of the green paint option is some form of a mistake at M-B’s website and not a reflection of reality.
Mercedes describes the car as “magically human.” That’s comforting.
Having found out about the paints, I decided to read up about other aspects of the A-Class. It’s a fairly lardy car, weighing in at 1455 kg in its skimpiest underwear. Yet the car is no record-breaker in terms of rear space and has been criticised especially for the lack of foot-room for rear-passengers.
Some casual research shows it does have a rear centre armrest. Thank goodness for small mercies.
The engine range adheres to McDaid’s Law, there being no direct relation to the model number and the engine displacement. The base model is the A200 which has a 1.3 litre engine that can shut-off its cylinders. The 2.0 litre model is called the A250. And a diesel exists though I suppose few will go for that one seeing as diesel is now as popular as inhaling asbestos.
Interestingly, the word on the street is that the A-Class is not a driver’s car at all but a relaxed cruiser. There’s something to be said for that. So why is the interior made to look so aggressively sporty?
How much do they cost? Same as a Ford Focus. The A250 costs even more. That base-price puts a bomb into the pigeon roost, I would think. I am also thinking of a two-edged sword. AutoExpress reported tha M-B sold 47,000 A-classes in 2017. One day soon a Mercedes will be as a special as a Ford, and a Ford as special as a Mercedes, assuming they hang about to take more drubbing in the EU market.
“While it is far from the sharpest car to drive, it sets new benchmarks for design, quality and tech. The badge on the nose will be enough for most,” wrote AutoExpress. Interestingly, for all my bleating, in 2017 the Ford Focus was the UK’s top selling car and number 10 the Mercedes A-class. Ford must be doing something right.
Autocar rated the connectivity. TopGear didn’t really make a big deal about it. Connectivity seems of marginal value to me, seeing as I have nothing to connect to the car and it probably won’t take my CDs.
That all brings us back to the metallic green and the canyon brown. Just as huge sales allowed VW and GM to sell the Golf and Astra with a huge range of engines you’d imagine M-B might wish to plump up their colour range. It looks like they can do this in Denmark. And in Italy there is even a jolly yellow colour which is not metallic (exclamation point).
Can it hurt to have an even wider range of colours? Presumably customers can make their own mind up about the effect on residual values. Not everyone is on a lease deal.
**That’s a total lie. I should have told the truth and written “red” or “Jupiter Red” as Mercedes call it.