Mercedes-Benz has won two awards at the 2019 What Car? awards. The S 560 Cabriolet was named the ‘Convertible Car of the Year’, while the new A-Class was awarded the Safety award.
The A 250 also won the ‘Best Family Car for more than £28,000’ category, while the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S won the ‘Best Performance Car for more than £80,000’ category.
The A-Class – which is the best-selling model for Mercedes-Benz in the UK –was praised for its ride quality, interior comfort and low running costs, while the S-Class was praised for its generous amount of interior space and cutting-edge technology.
Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor, said: “The A-Class gained the highest overall Euro NCAP safety marks of all the cars tested in 2018, even though these were the toughest test procedures to-date. That Mercedes-Benz managed this with one of its most affordable and family-friendly models makes this all the more impressive.
“From its brilliant body control to its luxurious and spacious interior, the S-Class Cabriolet is an utterly fantastic drop-top. It has performance that rivals sports cars and one of the smoothest engines around.”
The A-Class hatchback is available with a choice of eight engines: A 180 d; A 180; A 200 d; A 200; A 220 d; A 220 (also available with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive), A 250 and A 35. Prices start at £23,075 for the A 180 SE. All A-Class models come as standard with twin seven-inch digital displays including a central touchscreen with MBUX multimedia system featuring ‘Hey Mercedes’ intelligent voice control.
The S-Class range consists of Coupé, Cabriolet and Saloon models, priced from £75,285 for the S 350 d Saloon.
The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S is available from £94,725.
For more information on the A-Class, S-Class and Mercedes-AMG E 63 S, please visit: www.mercedes-benz.co.uk.
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About Mercedes-Benz Cars in the UK
Mercedes-Benz Cars UK is the sales and marketing organisation responsible for all Mercedes-Benz Cars and services in Britain (including smart).
As well as selling cars, parts, and service, the company runs Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands – a brand experience centre in Weybridge, Surrey. Mercedes-Benz World has welcomed over 3 million visitors since it opened in 2006.
The Mercedes-Benz UK group of companies directly employs over 4000 people, and 11,000 at independent retailers. Over 500 Apprentices have passed their professional qualifications at the company’s in-house Training Academy. The UK is also home to Mercedes-Benz High Performance Powertrains and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula 1™ team.
Mercedes-AMG was founded as AMG in 1967 by two former Daimler-Benz motor sport engineers, Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher. The company forged its reputation on the racetrack, from the legendary ‘Red Pig’ to the 190 race car, which won over 50 DTM victories between 1988 and 1993 to the latest GT3, which took the first four places at the 2016 Nürburgring 24-hour race. AMG is also synonymous with powerful, bespoke road cars, with a model range encompassing hatchbacks, saloons, estates and SUVs, as well as coupés, including the GT series. Today, over 1,100 employees work for Mercedes-AMG in Affalterbach, and in 2016 the brand delivered almost 100,000 vehicles worldwide.