Standing out from the crowd: The latest Mercedes-Benz A-class

The new Mercedes-Benz A-class is a competent hatch and a refreshing break from the norm

The Mercedes-Benz A-class started life as a tall micro-multipurpose vehicle because being a hatch would have been so predictable. The car packed a lot of room, but not a lot of vroom.

By its third iteration, it had evolved into a regular hatchback - but in a hurried way and not just because you still see the "tall boy" symbol on its recirculation button.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline 'Standing out from the crowd'. Print Edition | Subscribe