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Some people think BMW's 1 Series hatchback is a flawed car because it has the power going to the back end. However, even though Mercedes used a FWD platform for the A-Class, it ended up with similar problems.

This video review from The Telegraph for the 2016 A-Class discusses the changes made for the mid-life facelift. However, there are virtually none to speak of. The lights are supposed to be different, but few people will be able to spot the difference. By comparison, the changes made by BMW to the 1 Series hatch are much more extensive, plus they include different engines.

The A-Class still suffers from the same problems it did when it was launched in 2012. The roof rakes back towards the trunk, impeding access to the rear seats and creating visibility problems for the driver.

Most companies operating in the compact hatchback segment have been making these types of cars for decades. But for Mercedes, 2012 is the start of its FWD compact adventure. That said, the German company just doesn't know how to make the most important part: the hatch. On the A-Class, this is cut around the taillights instead of through them, resulting in an opening that's narrower than normal.

We're not saying the A-Class is a car nobody should ever buy. It all depends on the angle you view it from. If you want the sleekest-looking premium hatchback, this has to be your prime pick. Also, the quality of the interior is almost right up there with the new C-Class.

Just like on the B-Class, the facelift has brought about a drive mode selector, LED headlights and adaptive suspension. These are all things that were needed to justify the premium badge. While some people say you can't put a price on beauty, others will pay just about anything to date a Victoria Secret model.

And that's what the A-Class is, the Candice Swanepoel of 5-door cars. Who cares that she's lazy and can't carry the groceries herself?


 

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Wait, if anything the only thing that the BMW 1 series going for it is the fact that it's RWD! Did I miss your sarcasm?

I think the biggest issue with the A series is the huge overhang that almost all FWD cars have...it looks horrendous!
 
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