Typical Yank anti-small-anything...
Geez. Anything that isn't a 10,000lb gas-sucking pigmobile SUV is instantly bereated as being too small and unsafe.
What a great car for urban hopping! Easy to park, cheap on gas, and enough performance for freeway jaunts. Okay, it's not great for the family vacation to the coast, but I'd buy one in a second for errand running.
MB Canada has indicated that they will import the A-Class in 2004. If they do, we'll buy one to replace our aging Mazda "third car." The A offers a huge cargo area with folding seats, fuel economy to rival the hybrids (with the right engines) and excellent safety features. Sounds like the perfect runabout to me!
1998 C230 "Black Betty"