Loving referred to as “Baby Benz”, the Mercedes A W169 is a subcompact executive car that packs much of the design of the luxurious W204 C-class into a smaller and more practical vehicle. Add the excellent safety features and driving economics, and it's clear to see why this Baby Benz has become so popular. It remained in production between 2004 and 2012. The lighting technology used in this car is however more than 15 years old today.
Factory-fitted options includes H7 / H7 halogen and D2S bi-xenon headlights, both of which were manufactured by Bosch/AL.
The halogen version features an H7 reflector-based headlight that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general aging cause the reflective layer to peel off.
Bi-xenon setups feature a 3.0-inch projector, this one designed in the late 90s. These projectors are known to lose their reflective layer right to the point where they become black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Mercedes A W169 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H1 halogen or D1S bi-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average Mercedes A W169 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your Mercedes A W169 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.