The Mercedes-Benz A140 is a small luxury hatchback produced between model years 1997 and 2004. The cheapest and most economical A-Class, the A140 achieved great fuel economy and a dash of sport in the most inexpensive Mercedes-Benz model money could buy at the time.
At the A140's heart is its small but efficient 1.4 L gasoline engine, which outputs 80 horsepower at 5,000rpm and 98 foot-lb. of torque at 3,750rpm. Bore and stroke are 3.5 and 2.4 inches, respectively, and the compression ratio is 11-to-1. Gas mileage is an estimated 43mpg.
The A140 uses a front-engine, front-wheel drive layout--a departure from the rear-wheel-drive layout found on nearly all Benz models. The only A140 transmission available was a five-speed manual transmission. Front suspension is strut-type independent with stabiliser bar. Rear suspension is longitudinal link axle with stabiliser bar. Anti-lock brakes are standard, using discs up front and drums in the back.
Interior and Exterior
A small car by any standards, the "Baby Benz" measures just 140.7 inches long, 67.7 inches wide and 64 inches tall. Styling fits the Mercedes-Benz mould and was a big reason for the big success of the first-generation A-Class. On the inside, passengers find ample seating for five, with rear seats that can be folded flat or removed entirely for extra cargo space.
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