...big words coming from a guy who is buying a gutless tin can Mercedes.
“The A-Class, especially with the enormo-screen option, has the potential to be a feelgood car. It’s solid, quiet if you don’t nail it, smooth-riding if you spec carefully, well-made, safe. There’s more affirmation in the fact that if you buy a Mercedes-Benz, no-one will question you.
But pick away at it and the argument has holes. The small petrol engine might be all-new but it’s unrefined and not even very economical. The A180d is a bit of a slug. The cornering is none too engaging. Back-seat room is nothing special. In these fundamentals, it hasn’t moved the class on.
Still, it doesn’t pander to the traditional road-test criteria. It has some real wow factor with the connectivity, which to some people is a greater priority than any of that ‘handling’ palaver. If you look at the way most people drive, the A-Class probably does what will make them happy. When its rivals catch up in terms of screen acreage, though, it could be in serious trouble.”
Who is driving the appliance? The one whose entire draw is LCD screens or the sports sedan that outruns an M3? LOL!
My father had a beautiful cream color 250S from 1963 (the year I was born). The memories in that car are spectacular. I have not found the quality, the safety that a Mercedes-Benz gave in any other car. And that is a good reason to buy an A-Class.
I don't have to explain in rational words why I have decided to buy a Mercedes-Benz. It is a purchase, more than rational (which it is also), emotional. And that is what it is about. In the city where I live, public transport is excellent, so having a car is something that has more to do with passion than with reason. I know that the A-Class is not the best or the most efficient or the most powerfull compact car sold in Europe, but it is the one that causes me the most. It is the one that arouses more emotion and enthusiasm. Is like purchase a pony car like a Mustang. There are many cars that can go faster in a more efficient way than a Mustang (a Tesla Model 3 can do it of course...) , but the emotion that involve to own a Mustang is incomparable with anything else. For me, a Tesla, however, is a refrigerator or a mixer. No matter it is faster than a M3 or a Ferrari. For me, is only a good home appliance...
P.S.: And in your textual quote about the few things in wich the A-Class is good (“The A-Class, especially with the enormo-screen option, has the potential to be a feelgood car. It’s solid, quiet if you don’t nail it, smooth-riding if you spec carefully, well-made, safe"
), there is at least one word that reflects what a Mercedes-Benz is and not a Tesla: well made. That give me the advantage!