Mercedes-Benz A-Class W169 Hatchback (2004-2012)

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Product Overview

Mercedes-Benz A-Class W169 is an entry-level subcompact hatchback in production from 2004 to 2012. It was available with a range of inline-4 engines that displaced 1.5 to 2.0 liters.
With the original A-Class, alongside deteriorating quality control problems, Mercedes successfully demolished its premium image. The Gen2 W169 sought to pound on the rubbles, and it was a good effort.
The vehicle remained rather ugly, though largely inheriting the styling of its predecessor, a decision that shows how much (or little) budget Mercedes put into the project. The only notable difference is that the W169 added insult to injury with a CVT transmission (marketed as Autotronic).
In 2008, Mercedes gave the W169 a facelift. However, no effort whatsoever was made to improve the drivetrain or the chassis and suspensions. Instead, Mercedes slapped on a new bumper and called it a day.
Fortunately, the cars are so bad that most have already been scrapped.

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What we found**

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Pros
  • Three-pointed star
Cons
  • Poor engine options
  • No independent rear suspensions
  • CVT
  • Exceptionally ugly
  • Great insult to the Mercedes name

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Specifications

A 150A 150 CVTA 160 CDIA 160 CDI CVTA 170A 170 CVTA 180 CDIA 180 CDI CVTA 200A 200 CDIA 200 CDI CVTA 200 CVTA 200 TurboA 200 Turbo CVT

Capacity

Cargo Capacity435 L / 15.4 cu-ft ~ 1995 L / 70.5 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity7.0 L / 7.4 qt6.8 L / 7.2 qt9.4 L / 9.9 qt9.4 L / 9.9 qt7.0 L / 7.4 qt6.8 L / 7.2 qt6.8 L / 7.2 qt6.5 L / 6.9 qt7.0 L / 7.4 qt10.8 L / 11.4 qt6.8 L / 7.2 qt6.8 L / 7.2 qt6.8 L / 7.2 qt
Engine Oil Capacity5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.8 L / 6.1 qt5.8 L / 6.1 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.8 L / 6.1 qt5.8 L / 6.1 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.8 L / 6.1 qt5.8 L / 6.1 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt5.0 L / 5.3 qt
Fuel Capacity54.0 L / 14.3 gal
Passengers5
Payload465 kg / 1025 lbs465 kg / 1025 lbs439 kg / 968 lbs439 kg / 968 lbs465 kg / 1025 lbs465 kg / 1025 lbs425 kg / 937 lbs425 kg / 937 lbs425 kg / 937 lbs415 kg / 915 lbs415 kg / 915 lbs425 kg / 937 lbs425 kg / 937 lbs425 kg / 937 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | FrontDiscDiscDiscDiscDiscDiscDiscDiscVentilated discsDiscDiscVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs
Brakes | RearDisc
Suspension | FrontMacPherson strut
Suspension | RearSemi-independent
Tire Size185/65 R15185/65 R15185/65 R15185/65 R15185/65 R15185/65 R15185/65 R15185/65 R15195/55 R16195/55 R16195/55 R16195/55 R16195/55 R16195/55 R16

Construction

Body Style5-door Hatchback

Dimensions

Size | Height1593 mm / 62.7 in1593 mm / 62.7 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1593 mm / 62.7 in1593 mm / 62.7 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1595 mm / 62.8 in1595 mm / 62.8 in
Size | Length3838 mm / 151.1 in
Size | Width1764 mm / 69.4 in
Track Width | Front1556.0 mm / 61.3 in1556.0 mm / 61.3 in1552.0 mm / 61.1 in1552.0 mm / 61.1 in1556.0 mm / 61.3 in1556.0 mm / 61.3 in1556.0 mm / 61.3 in1556.0 mm / 61.3 in1552.0 mm / 61.1 in1552.0 mm / 61.1 in1552.0 mm / 61.1 in1552.0 mm / 61.1 in1552.0 mm / 61.1 in1552.0 mm / 61.1 in
Track Width | Rear1551.0 mm / 61.1 in1551.0 mm / 61.1 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1551.0 mm / 61.1 in1551.0 mm / 61.1 in1551.0 mm / 61.1 in1551.0 mm / 61.1 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in
Weight1225.0 kg / 2700.7 lbs1225.0 kg / 2700.7 lbs1325.0 kg / 2921.1 lbs1325.0 kg / 2921.1 lbs1240.0 kg / 2733.7 lbs1240.0 kg / 2733.7 lbs1345.0 kg / 2965.2 lbs1345.0 kg / 2965.2 lbs1270.0 kg / 2799.9 lbs1365.0 kg / 3009.3 lbs1365.0 kg / 3009.3 lbs1270.0 kg / 2799.9 lbs1305.0 kg / 2877.0 lbs1305.0 kg / 2877.0 lbs
Wheel Size6J x 156J x 156J x 156J x 156J x 156J x 156J x 156J x 156J x 166J x 166J x 166J x 166J x 166J x 16
Wheelbase2568 mm / 101.1 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h12.6 sec13.5 sec15.0 sec15.3 sec10.9 sec11.5 sec10.8 sec11.1 sec9.8 sec9.5 sec9.6 sec9.9 sec8.0 sec7.3 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph12.0 sec12.8 sec14.3 sec14.5 sec10.4 sec10.9 sec10.3 sec10.5 sec9.3 sec9.0 sec9.1 sec9.4 sec7.6 sec6.9 sec
Fuel Economy6.2 L/100km / 37.9 MPG (combined) | 7.9 L/100km / 29.8 MPG (urban) | 5.4 L/100km / 43.6 MPG (highway)6.2 L/100km / 37.9 MPG (combined) | 8.5 L/100km / 27.7 MPG (urban) | 5.5 L/100km / 42.8 MPG (highway)4.9 L/100km / 48.0 MPG (combined) | 6.2 L/100km / 37.9 MPG (urban) | 4.3 L/100km / 54.7 MPG (highway)4.9 L/100km / 48.0 MPG (combined) | 6.7 L/100km / 35.1 MPG (urban) | 4.6 L/100km / 51.1 MPG (highway)6.6 L/100km / 35.6 MPG (combined) | 8.6 L/100km / 27.4 MPG (urban) | 5.5 L/100km / 42.8 MPG (highway)6.6 L/100km / 35.6 MPG (combined) | 8.6 L/100km / 27.4 MPG (urban) | 5.6 L/100km / 42.0 MPG (highway)5.2 L/100km / 45.2 MPG (combined) | 6.4 L/100km / 36.8 MPG (urban) | 4.6 L/100km / 51.1 MPG (highway)5.2 L/100km / 45.2 MPG (combined) | 7.0 L/100km / 33.6 MPG (urban) | 4.4 L/100km / 53.5 MPG (highway)7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined) | 9.6 L/100km / 24.5 MPG (urban) | 5.9 L/100km / 39.9 MPG (highway)5.4 L/100km / 43.6 MPG (combined) | 6.9 L/100km / 34.1 MPG (urban) | 4.5 L/100km / 52.3 MPG (highway)5.4 L/100km / 43.6 MPG (combined) | 7.1 L/100km / 33.1 MPG (urban) | 4.9 L/100km / 48.0 MPG (highway)7.2 L/100km / 32.7 MPG (combined) | 9.6 L/100km / 24.5 MPG (urban) | 6.0 L/100km / 39.2 MPG (highway)7.9 L/100km / 29.8 MPG (combined)7.9 L/100km / 29.8 MPG (combined) | 10.2 L/100km / 23.1 MPG (urban) | 6.5 L/100km / 36.2 MPG (highway)
Top Speed175.0 km/h / 108.7 mph170.0 km/h / 105.6 mph170.0 km/h / 105.6 mph165.0 km/h / 102.5 mph188.0 km/h / 116.8 mph183.0 km/h / 113.7 mph186.0 km/h / 115.6 mph181.0 km/h / 112.5 mph200.0 km/h / 124.3 mph201.0 km/h / 124.9 mph196.0 km/h / 121.8 mph195.0 km/h / 121.2 mph227.0 km/h / 141.1 mph220.0 km/h / 136.7 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (transverse), Front-wheel drive
EngineM 266.920M 266.920OM 640.942OM 640.942M 266.940M 266.940OM 640.940OM 640.940M 266.960OM 640.941OM 640.941M 266.960M 266.980M 266.980
Engine | Bore83.0 mm / 3.3 in
Engine | Compression Ratio11.0:111.0:118.0:118.0:111.0:111.0:118.0:118.0:111.0:118.0:118.0:111.0:19.0:19.0:1
Engine | Displacement1.5 L / 91.4 cu-in / 1498.0 cc1.5 L / 91.4 cu-in / 1498.0 cc2.0 L / 121.5 cu-in / 1991.0 cc2.0 L / 121.5 cu-in / 1991.0 cc1.7 L / 103.7 cu-in / 1699.0 cc1.7 L / 103.7 cu-in / 1699.0 cc2.0 L / 121.5 cu-in / 1991.0 cc2.0 L / 121.5 cu-in / 1991.0 cc2.0 L / 124.1 cu-in / 2034.0 cc2.0 L / 121.5 cu-in / 1991.0 cc2.0 L / 121.5 cu-in / 1991.0 cc2.0 L / 124.1 cu-in / 2034.0 cc2.0 L / 124.1 cu-in / 2034.0 cc2.0 L / 124.1 cu-in / 2034.0 cc
Engine | Power95.0 hp / 70.8 kW @ 5200 rpm95.0 hp / 70.8 kW @ 5200 rpm82.0 hp / 61.1 kW @ 4200 rpm82.0 hp / 61.1 kW @ 4200 rpm115.0 hp / 85.8 kW @ 5500 rpm115.0 hp / 85.8 kW @ 5500 rpm109.0 hp / 81.3 kW @ 4200 rpm109.0 hp / 81.3 kW @ 4200 rpm136.0 hp / 101.4 kW @ 5750 rpm140.0 hp / 104.4 kW @ 4200 rpm140.0 hp / 104.4 kW @ 4200 rpm136.0 hp / 101.4 kW @ 5750 rpm193.0 hp / 143.9 kW @ 5000 rpm193.0 hp / 143.9 kW @ 5000 rpm
Engine | Specific Output63.4 hp/L / 1.0 hp/cu-in63.4 hp/L / 1.0 hp/cu-in41.2 hp/L / 0.7 hp/cu-in41.2 hp/L / 0.7 hp/cu-in67.7 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in67.7 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in54.7 hp/L / 0.9 hp/cu-in54.7 hp/L / 0.9 hp/cu-in66.9 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in70.3 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in70.3 hp/L / 1.2 hp/cu-in66.9 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in94.9 hp/L / 1.6 hp/cu-in94.9 hp/L / 1.6 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke69.2 mm / 2.7 in69.2 mm / 2.7 in92.0 mm / 3.6 in92.0 mm / 3.6 in78.5 mm / 3.1 in78.5 mm / 3.1 in92.0 mm / 3.6 in92.0 mm / 3.6 in94.0 mm / 3.7 in92.0 mm / 3.6 in92.0 mm / 3.6 in94.0 mm / 3.7 in94.0 mm / 3.7 in94.0 mm / 3.7 in
Engine | Torque140 Nm / 103.3 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm140 Nm / 103.3 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm180 Nm / 132.8 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm180 Nm / 132.8 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm155 Nm / 114.3 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm155 Nm / 114.3 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm250 Nm / 184.4 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm250 Nm / 184.4 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm185 Nm / 136.4 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm300 Nm / 221.3 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm300 Nm / 221.3 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm185 Nm / 136.4 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm280 Nm / 206.5 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
Engine | TypeNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 2 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 2 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-4 engine with 4 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-4 engine with 4 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 2 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 2 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 2 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderTurbocharged commonrail diesel inline-4 DOHC engine with 4 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 2 values per cylinderTurbocharged multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 2 values per cylinderTurbocharged multi-port injected petrol inline-4 engine with 2 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears5-speed5-speed5-speed6-speed5-speed6-speed6-speed
Transmission | TypeManualCVT AutotronicManualCVT AutotronicManualCVT AutotronicManualCVT AutotronicManualManualCVT AutotronicCVT AutotronicManualCVT Autotronic

Production

Availability2004 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122007 ~ 20122007 ~ 20122004 ~ 20122005 ~ 20122005 ~ 2012

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