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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class (12-) Hatchback
14 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback.
  • A180 CDI Sport 5dr

    Mike Medici , Wiltshire . Date: 02/04/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      61.4

    My car

    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 and sat nav.

    I've had the car 3 weeks now and am very pleased with it, its surprisingly generous for the driver with regards to room and you dont feel enclosed. Once you have got to grip with all the menus there is a lot of information available to the driver very quickly and the turn by turn sat nav is excellent (along with the god send that is 7 digit postcode recognition), the bluetooth audio streaming is superb so i stream my offline spotify playlist from my iphone.

    The car info has a lot of information on mileage and how you are driving, this is excellent as it does allow you to make the most of the efficiency of the car and i regularly top 60MPG when on a reasonably long run.

    the car isn't fast, it isn't slow either, but it's no comparism to my wife's 330d. The auto gearbox is very smooth and negates any need for the paddles. Moving the car into sports mode makes it a bit more responsive for overtakes but i haven't found the car sluggish at all.

    There is a slight amount of noise at cruising speed on the motorway, this comes from wind resistance around the mirrors and the road surface. The handling of the car around corners is very good when compared to the X5.

    All in all its a nice car to drive and don't be deceived by the size, it certainly doesn't feel like a small car.

  • A45 AMG 4MATIC 5dr

    Neil Mackinnon , . Date: 24/03/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31

    My car

    I've just picked up an A45 AMG with pretty much all the extras ticked and I have to say I am really enjoying it so far. It is a very sport focussed car and the seats and the AMG sports steering wheel leave you in no doubt that of that. I had been looking at the new Audi S3 (8V) to replace my S3 (8P3) sportback, and wanted something that offered great performance while still being a practical 5 door hatchback. I love the Audi interior but I have to say that the materials and the equipment in the A45 are top class. Almost everything is easy to use, intuitive and ergonomically ideal - all except for the indicator stalk / windscreen wiper controls all being in the one stalk - cluttered. Oh - and opening the bonnet, which doesn't have hydraulic arms (weight saving gone mad?) is an exercise in locating stealth switches! The space in the back is good, the forward visibility is superb with only the chunky B pillar getting in the way of sight lines when over-taking.And then you turn the key and the engine fires up....... well... it is amazing! The sound from this little 4 pot engine resonating through the AMG sports exhaust is fantastic! It's like a mini V6 - it's spits and crackles on the down-shift and parps it's way through the 7 speed gear box when you find some open road. It is a joy! The steering is very well weighted, and the brakes are fantastic. the ride is a little hard but the pay-off is worth it. Fuel economy is great and as for Racestart and general performance - amazing!

  • A180 CDI AMG Sport 5dr

    Steve Walker , Cheshire . Date: 12/01/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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 a lot to prove to me. Well after a few test drives And comparisons to BMW 1and latest A3 I traded my E350 AMG coupe for the A Class 180CDI AMG in Grey with privacy glass and Pan Roof. Let me tell you that this is one of the best cars I have owned and in my top three. It's not the most powerful but when coupled with the manual box is fun to drive and quick enough once you find the power band of the turbo. Comfort is excellent and on the motorway it's quiet and bobs along nicely, you can hear the engine round town but its not offensive. I heard reports of a crashy ride but I have not found this...the Ride is sporty but it doesn't crash about like the 1 Series. The finish is great and it is actually much bigger than it looks. For me this was a safe place to put my money. MB have been slated in the past for the C Class Coupe and CLC as both borrowed parts from saloons but both were good cars . This time MB have given us a brand new vehicle which is a real peach with a engine for everyone. Well done MB! There are lots of good cars in this class but this is different and classy & sporty. I get around 55MPG but have enjoyed 70mpg on long journeys. Best bits are drive,roof and Becker map pilot. I have covered 5k from new and love this car!

  • A200 CDI Sport 5dr

    Mike METCALFE , Durham . Date: 22/12/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    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 DAB Radio,. Good points : Economy, already achieving sixty mpg average after 1000 miles. I have mentioned the engine as a negative however this power unit is the same 2143cc as in the new C Class so it must be how Mercedes wish it to sound / run. I like the engine actually, it is something you get used to, it is flexible and economical whilst providing adequate power and torque. My car has a manual gearbox and is good, we did try the auto box but preferred manual. Build quality is high with no rattles or squeaks as I have experienced in previous BMW Models. The Bluetooth connectivity and USB connections etc. are good, the cabin quality is first class and I like the information screen which I find easy to use. I did look at the BMW 118d before making this choice and I am please with what I have. The dealers at Stockton were excellent to communicate with and I received a free three year service deal so running costs should not be a problem for the foreseeable future. The steering has been an area of concern to some reviewers, I find it good however, very positive and the body roll that some mention is not really evident in my experience. Having had a BMW 120d sport in the recent past I would say that I prefer the Mercedes overall and I am pleased with my purchase, to date.

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