We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

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.

What Car? readers say

3.75


Key facts

0–60mph
9.2 secs
Top speed
126 mph
Average mpg
51.4
Tank range
miles
See all running costs

Size

View the whole Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback range

Read in full

The full Mercedes-Benz A-Class review


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:

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback A45 AMG 5dr

I prefer motorbikes to cars, but this is the first car that comes anywhere near as much fun to journey with as my BMW K1300. The engine is totally…

Peter Harris

4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback A180 CDI AMG Sport 5dr

I decided on the A class purely on looks and paper spec, without a test drive - what a mistake that was - if you are thinking of having one of these,…

ROBERT James

1 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback A200 Sport 5dr

At motorway speeds (70-95 mph) it's very quiet, very minor road and engine noise. It's extremely comfortable for long journeys. It's very comfortable…

Stuart Messer

5 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback A180 CDI SE auto 5dr

Having owned two bigger Mercedes cars before this one I was nearly put off even test driving the car by the What Car reviews. Luckily I did try it…

Andrew Hinder

5 out of 5 stars
Post a reader review for your car View all reader reviews

A-Class rivals

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2014