The Mercedes A-Class 1998 was the first model from Mercedes- Benz in the compact class and gained unintentionally rapidly worldwide fame when she somersaulted during fast steering movements and the so-called elk test did not exist. Result, she was equipped as the first compact class standard with ESP. By 2010, there were them as three-and five-door hatchback, three-door version to the abolished. The top model has a 2.0-liter turbo engine with 193 hp. From the summer of 2012, the third generation of the smallest Mercedes model comes on the market and has been with the predecessors optically little in common. So the car is 18 cm shallower and finally enters into competition with the models BMW 1 Series and Audi A3.