Published on May 4th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair2
VOTY 2019//Compact Car – Mercedes-Benz A250
The overall compact car of the year had a few potential winners from extremely different stretches of the divide. But in order to choose one, we had to focus on a car that was so good at what it did, you forgot about its size.
And no car did that better than the new A-Class. Specifically, the Mercedes-Benz A250 AMG Line. This car brought in quite a number of firsts for the company. MBUX made its debut, giving owners a healthy amount of technology to dazzle them behind the wheel. But what really impressed us were the looks and the way it drove. Mercedes-Benz has got the front-wheel drive hatchback formula figured out. In spite of the technology and the electronics, the raw fun that was delivered by this compact was simply undeniable.
Sure, there are more comfortable, more spacious cars in the price range. But if you’re looking for a hatchback that takes corners and turns heads like nothing else, it’s the A250.
Mercedes-Benz A250 Specifications
Engine: Inline 4, direct injection, turbocharged
Gearbox: 7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic
Max power: 224hp @ 5500rpm
Max torque: 350Nm @ 1800rpm
Top Speed: 250 km/h
0-100 km/h: 6.2 seconds
How VOTY Winners are selected.
Our process is simple and clean.
All cars launched in Malaysia within 13 months of 2019 are eligible for entry. We contact all car brands operating in the country and ask to test these cars. There are no participation fees, no buying of tables at the event, no charge whatsoever. All that’s needed is a fresh enough car, and a willingness to give our judges a test drive.
About a month before the event, the four judges from dsf.my and gohedgostan.com (Daniel Sherman Fernandes, Ross Hadi, Amirul Mukminin and Subhash Nair) convene to discuss which vehicles impressed us in each category. The judges can only vote on cars that they’ve driven. A simple majority is all it takes for a car to win in a category.
Our title sponsor Allianz recognises the integrity of our team and all players involved in deciding on winners and leaves all decisions to us regarding the winners. We hope our readers appreciate the efforts of all parties involved and provide us with feedback on how we can further improve on this.