In September last year, we brought you news of an increase in price for the Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport, which became RM10,000 costlier at RM248,888 on-the-road without insurance. No changes in specification were provided at the time, but on closer inspection there have been a few detail tweaks made.

Firstly, the M270 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine finally produces the 218 hp it should have made in facelifted guise in the first place – Mercedes-Benz Malaysia initially pulled it back to 211 hp because of our lower fuel quality, so perhaps the company made the new tune work somehow. It’s made at the same 5,000 rpm as before, while maximum torque holds station at 350 Nm from 1,200 to 4,000 rpm.

The seven-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission has also been given a sportier configuration, as has the engine and throttle mapping; there’s also a sportier engine note to go with the changes. As a result, zero to 100 km/h is now accomplished 0.1 seconds quicker at 6.3 seconds, but the top speed remains at 240 km/h.

Chassis revisions are also in store, with the A 250 Sport gaining AMG speed-sensitive sports steering as well as “Engineered by AMG” sports suspension that replaces the standard sports setup and is 15 mm lower than standard. The electronic stability control has also been modified, presumably to have a lower threshold.

Otherwise, you get the same car as you got in 2016, so there’s still no keyless entry nor push-button start, and air-conditioning is still manual. What you do get is the full AMG exterior kit that consists of sportier front and rear bumpers and deeper side skirts, plus red front and rear accents, “Sport” badging and red-painted brake callipers that set the A 250 Sport apart from other AMG Line variants. The new 18-inch five-split-spoke alloy wheels you see here were introduced early last year.

Also included are LED High Performance headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, power-adjustable sports seats with memory, faux Artico leather and Dinamica microfibre upholstery, faux carbon fibre dashboard trim, red air vent highlights, designo red seat belts, a base Audio 20 infotainment system with an eight-inch Media Display, a reverse camera and Active Parking Assist. Safety-wise, there are seven airbags and Collision Prevention Assist Plus with autonomous emergency braking.