By on September 5, 2018

Mercedes-Benz recently announced A-Class sedan pricing for the European market. While not a bargain at 31,000 euros (roughly $36,000), it’s roughly what we expected from from the automaker. Of course, that fee goes up the second you start adding things. While you could go up in trim and include 4Matic all-wheel drive, one of the most sizable pricing leaps comes via Daimler’s Edition 1 variant.

Benz likes to offer a debatably unnecessary permutation of every new model for its first year. The Edition 1 cars typically include a number of visual upgrades and trim pieces to differentiate themselves from the standard model. But they aren’t limited to being solely an appearance package. For example, the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Edition 1 received an upgraded interior, new steering wheel, a few aerodynamic modifications, and carbon ceramic brakes to complement the racy decals.

The A-Class Sedan Edition 1 appears to be taking the show-before-go route by adopting a copper color scheme and little else. While that usually makes our heads spin, it’s something different from the factory and proves Mercedes still occasionally notices what happens in the aftermarket scene.

Bronze or copper wheels remain a popular choice on customs, especially when paired with black paint. However, you’d probably be better off ordering yours à la carte because Mercedes-Benz charges €7,021  (about $8,163) for a complete set of 19-inch copper rounds.

Of course, that’s not all you get. Details leaked by a German MB enthusiasts blog and shared by CarBuzz shows the A-Class Edition 1 equipped with bronze pins in the diamond front grille and matching piping on the floor mats and seats (both of which are nicer than the standard model). There’s also a big copper Edition 1 logo on the dashboard in a font that looks slightly out of place on a small German luxury sedan. Daimler threw in some high performance LED headlamps and 64-color ambient lighting for good measure, too.

Paint options for the model are limited to polar white, mountain gray, night black, or cosmos black — the latter two colors being the clearly better pairing. Availability in Europe began on September 3rd, though Mercedes has made no mention of North America getting a taste of the A-Class Edition 1 at this time. That’s understandable, as the model doesn’t officially go on sale until early next year. Still, the region has historically been left fending for itself with such special edition models from the brand.

Maybe that’s for the best. Unless you really liked all the interior embellishments, you could probably get a new set of enviable HRE wheels and new grille for the same price or save that money for all-wheel drive. The first-year variant also doesn’t change up the powertrain whatsoever — meaning you’d still have the same turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and DCT that’s in the base sedan. If you’re going to spend almost $40,000 on a car, wouldn’t you want it to have at least 200 horsepower? That’s R/T Scat Pack money.

[Images: Daimler]

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23 Comments on “A-Class Sedan Gets Euro Pricing, Edition 1 Variant That’s Straight Out of the Mercedes-Benz Playbook...”


  • avatar
    iNeon

    We love it!

    Dodge neon economy and styling in a Mercedes-Benz branded wrapper! The dash takes me back to simpler times. When there was nothing on the dash at all.

    4 vents. 4 knobs. 1 radio. 3 switches(headlamps, defrost, fog lamps) and a nameplate(that’s the fun one!)

    Except this car has hidden gesture-interface computer whatnots back in the background, and a scary fragile CANBUS system running it all.

    Those seats are gross though. Straight out of a base line Jetta or Fiat 500.

    Maybe we don’t love it.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      That dash might be simple, but that steering wheel looks like it has more buttons on it than a 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix, despite having an airbag.

    • 0 avatar
      ThomasSchiffer

      I have sat in and spent some time inside the new A-Klasse at a dealership and I must say the interior is quite good. In fact I find it better than the current C-Klasse, which feels a step or two below that of the new A-Klasse cabin in terms of material feel, panel gaps and so forth.

      • 0 avatar
        iNeon

        It’s a new car. Of course it looks nicer than its predecessors.

        Wait a while and see how these ‘nicer’ ‘richer’ ‘deeper’ materials age before you proclaim them a win.

        The 1988 Chevrolet Baretta’s eventually curled-up dash was a triumph of modern engineering when it was new.

        I’m guessing that seam on the top of the dash splits after these are left in the sun– if it’s an actual seam :P

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus

          “Of course it looks nicer than its predecessors.”

          The C class isn’t a “predecessor”, its a vehicle that sells in a price class far above this one. It is also pretty fresh.

          “Wait a while and see how these ‘nicer’ ‘richer’ ‘deeper’ materials age before you proclaim them a win.”

          He said nothing about long-term durability, only that the materials/craftsmanship look and feel better now.

          Maybe you should actually read someone’s comment (taking how ever much time you need to *understand* it) before rushing to correct them. What, you gonna call me poor, now? Will that make you feel better?

          • 0 avatar
            iNeon

            Hi JohnTaurus.

            I continued discussing the interior as I liked because I started a conversation about the interior on a blog post about a car interior. You need to step back and get a grip. I was discussing a car– not your mother’s abortions nor your father’s bastards.

            I guess Stan Lee’s spoken, tho.

            Keep it real y’all.

    • 0 avatar
      iddqd

      since all the talk is about the interior,let it be known, that all of the interior not only from mercedes-benz (s-class, e- class etc) but also from BMW and audi is made in FRANCE, by FAURECIA.
      they even design the interior.
      nuff said.

  • avatar
    I_like_stuff

    My wife has an E300. I took it in for service and got a C300 loaner. The difference in the look/feel of the interior was quite startling to me. Looks like going from C to A is a noticeable step down yet again.

    My wife loves her car. I wasn’t huge fan of it, but it has grown on me over the year she’s owned it. Amazing transmission, I’ve never driven a car that shifts more smoothly and seamlessly.

    On price, the E300 starts at $52K, but you’ll be hard pressed to find an actual car on a dealer’s lot that’s under $58K with the majority well over $60K. MB always plays this game. It’s like the inverse of Big 3 trucks which say $60K MSRP but can be had for $45K after the rebates .

  • avatar
    ernest

    We’ve seen this movie a few times. First Packard, then Cadillac. Ended the same way every time- luxury make decides to extend their reach downmarket, adding a prestige name to a very pedestrian product line. Worked for awhile in each example, but ultimately the story ended the same.

    I wonder how many Americans will buy a sub-Civic sized car for the price of two Camry’s.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Well, plenty have bought the tacky CLA, and it looks far worse than this IMO. I guess they figure volume is more important.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Does this really cheapen the brand? Depends.

      1) Does the car itself suck?
      2) More importantly, do the higher priced cars in the lineup suck?

      Cadillac’s biggest problem with the Cimarron and Catera – in addition to the fact that both stunk – was that there was nothing decent (or desirable) for the Cimmaron and Catera buyers to trade up to.

      I don’t think that’s the case with Mercedes.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    I can’t help but notice that from the side, it looks a little like a Cadillac Catera, albeit with higher doors and less glass area.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Apparently from the comments people like this, I think that side profile was lifted straight off an early 2000s Mitsubishi, and I’m pretty sure someone accidently left their IPad leaned against the dash because that is horribly integrated. Other wise it’s another econobox (that says your less poor than Cobalt passing you with a bigger engine).

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Apparently one doesn’t need to actually read the comments in order to assume what they say. The reaction here is mostly negative, with few positive words sprinkled in from the less cynical among us.

  • avatar
    Jonathan Kleinbart

    It looks good in every angle but profile. So boring from the side. Dig the copper grill tho!

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Luxury means space. Give me an E or S Class or nothing.

  • avatar

    Any chance this is coming state-side in the hatch variant?
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    Nope!

  • avatar
    RHD

    Why are the air vents chromed up? They aren’t a visual design feature, they’re utilitarian. Making them look like shiny 747 engines draws the eye unnecessarily. Maybe it’s just me, but the effect is jarring and tacky.

    This car is for the spoiled daughters of dentists and plastic surgeons. But as anyone who has ever worked retail knows, you can put anything on the shelf and eventually someone will come along and buy it.

    • 0 avatar
      iddqd

      everfything about Wagoner`s design is TACKY, if you didn`t know by know.
      youlook for a classic Mercedes-benz design without the swarosvski bling bling, google Bruno Sacco.
      Afterwards, it went downhill,and nopwadays MB is totally `asianized`…

  • avatar
    Shortest Circuit

    Your Mitsubishi Lancer is ready, Sire.

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