For The A180 is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which is tuned to produce 121bhp. It’s smooth, flexible and offers a good compromise between performance and economy.

Against For this kind of money most rivals offer a lot more power. Even the Comfort suspension version is very firm.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

Choose the right levels of equipment and suspension options, stick with the manual gearbox, and the A180 represents the pick of the A-Class range.

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Key facts

9.2 secs
Top speed
126 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

There are three choices of suspension on the A-Class; comfort, lowered comfort and Engineered by AMG.

Even the Comfort suspension setups will be too firm for many tastes, feeling jittery on any road that isn’t perfectly smooth. The Engineered by AMG models are even firmer, but they do provide better body control to complement the car’s strong grip.

The diesel engines are disappointing because they’re noisy and generate too much vibration. The petrols are better, being smooth and happy to rev, but they’re also relatively underpowered compared with key rivals.

The standard six-speed manual gearbox is fine, although the twin-clutch gearbox is also worth considering. This is standard with the 1.8 diesel and 2.0 petrol, and a cost option across the range.

We reckon a A180 petrol car with a manual gearbox represents the best compromise.

Reader test team says:

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I've been BMW for the last 10 years, and traded in my gas guzzling expensive to own X5 for the A180 CDI sports with the auto gearbox, lights package…

Mike Medici

4 out of 5 stars

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Neil Mackinnon

4 out of 5 stars

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I change my car every 6-12 months as I get bored easily . I have owned most models of BMW and Audi and had my share of Mercs VW etc so the A Class had…

Steve Walker

5 out of 5 stars

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Car is a 200CDi Sport bought new in September 2014. Negative points: Suspension is hard, Engine is "Gruff", small boot, no spare wheel, no standard…


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