THE A250 Sport might now get all-wheel drive, an extra 5kW, and adaptive dampers, but with Merc jacking its price up $2500 to $53K, itís now trespassing in some pretty serious performance-car territory. The new hardware means the little A250 Sport grips and rides better than ever, but despite the fitment of an A45-cloning Motorsport Edition bodykit ($5K) itís no baby AMG. With a 0-100km/h time of 6.3sec it wonít trouble a Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R or Subaru Impreza STI, not around corners or in a straight line. Comfort-tuned steering and some off-boost lethargy donít help its driving appeal much, either. Ė LC SPECS 2.0L I4, TURBO, 160KW/350NM, 6.6L/100KM PRICE $53,500