5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes normally takes the evolution over revolution approach to its models, but not here. The new 2013 A-Class is a massive departure from its successor, which was a tiny urban city car with dorky looks and lackluster performance.
Unveiled in Geneva, the A-Class now has plenty of style, a more premium interior and promises enjoyable driving dynamics. It’s now more of a true Mercedes, rather than a budget-first model.
Along with its looks, the A-Class gets a range of 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter diesel engines varying in power from just over 100 hp to around 160 hp.
Targeted at young singles and couples, the car also fully integrates Apple technology. Along with an iPad-like display screen, once synced with an iPhone the phone’s full features can be access using the car’s controls, while SIRI can also be used to operate the car’s systems with voice controls.
The most important part about the new A-Class, however, is that it’s no longer going to be just a Euro-only model and is scheduled to go on sale in North America soon.