Priced at R825 559, the A200 has some interesting price rivals in the form of  the electric GWM Ora 03 400 GT Ultra Luxury (R835 950), Toyota GR Yaris 1.6T GR-Four Rally (R848 600) and Hyundai i30 N (R848 900) but this comparison is slightly skewed as both the Toyota and Hyundai are designated performance cars.

With 130 kW at 5 500 r/min and 270 Nm of torque from 2 000 r/min emanating from the 1,3-litre four-cylinder turbo engine it is on par with the Ora and a good 60 or kW down on both the Toyota and Hyundai.

A more realistic comparison would be the Audi A3 Sportback 40TFSI S line (R757 300) with 140 kW and the Volkswagen Golf GTI Jacara Edition (R776 800) with 180 kW that pushes it to the upper end of the scale.

Again, both of those are actually more performance-orientated than the A200 and this is, perhaps, where perception confuses the issue.

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The A200 AMG-Line is simply a personalised vehicle having a sportier look and never actually pretends to be a racy model - which actually belies the on-road performance of  the car any way. It is a go-to-work on a daily basis car with enough on offer to provide some weekend fun.

It will run an 8,3 second sprint from zero to 100 km/h and return a maximum speed of around 220 km/h if pressed - but, running in normal use Comfort mode has a fuel consumption average between 5,6 l/100 km and 6,2 l/100 km depending on your driving style.

Colin Windell