Date registered: Jun 2012
Vehicle: 98 S70 Volvo (sold), 93 300E 2.8 (sold), 1998 E300DT
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I believe we may wait to make our purchase of a "new to us" car until this A-class comes to the US, IF the "rumors" of the release are true in being for the 2014 model year (meaning: sometime in 2013, maybe earlier in the year, as that seems to be the trend these days and not in waiting until the Fall to officially release the new models).
The official fuel mileage of the 211 HP version will have to be released, unless they also release a Bluetec version, as it's first and foremost, all about economy of operation. Safety is definitely close behind, with performance being a close third. The quality must also be high, but in today's world, everyone seems to have a higher degree of quality than ever before in automotive history, but M-B is still very high on the list in all regards. Interior room is a factor, but since we are empty-nesters, we really don't need a large car anymore.
I would also put the new CLA in the mix, if it arrives to the US at the same time, as the style is outstanding, and very close to the most gorgeous car in the world (in our eyes), the CLS.
The other car to choose from, for us, will be a Bluetec E-class... a 2009 version, to be precise. It has everything we need, plus a bit more room inside. I am familiar with diesels and E-class cars as we had an 86 300SDL (one of the all-time great cars, as far as I am concerned, in its day), and still have a 300E 2.8 (that motor is outstanding the W124 is a super design in every regard, with the only issue being the trouble in repairing the climate control, which is currently working just fine).
So, which one to choose? Well, at this time, if I could actually choose one, I would likely pick the "baby CLS", the CLA. Second choice is a tough one as I am torn between the A-class and the '09 Bluetec E-class.
Finally, I have to inject another option, if it were available here in the US: the Bluetec 2.3L C-class sedan with a manual transmission and the Sport option; or the same car with the automatic and 4-Matic. If I could import a new one and get it by the EPA and US Customs without a hitch, I'd do it. However, I doubt if MB-USA would honor any warranty. Anyone have first-hand experience in this area?
Keep the shiny side UP!