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For Officially, the 1.5-litre A180CDI will average 74.3 mpg, and with a CO2 output of just 98g/km, it’s sure to win big brownie points from company car drivers.

Against The engine is distinctly clattery at tickover and at low speeds, and a good deal of vibration can be felt through the pedals. Even the comfort suspension is very firm.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

The engine is not particularly cultured, but once you get it singing along it’s relatively hushed, providing decent pulling power and a fair turn of speed. CO2 and fuel economy is extremely impressive, too.

What Car? readers say

3.8


Key facts

0–60mph
11.3 secs
Top speed
118 mph
Average mpg
74.3
Tank range
miles
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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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Mountain grey, night pack, privacy glass its a real peach! If you can afford it, this larger engine is much better than the Renault derived unit in…

James Little

4 out of 5 stars

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

My Mum recently took delivery of this and has already covered 2000 miles in it in little over a month. She loves bing in it and driving it so much.…

Martin Jones

4 out of 5 stars

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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
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