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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
12 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • A180 BlueEFFICIENCY 5dr

    James Little , ESSEX . Date: 15/12/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      51.3

    My car

    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 the A180 cdi. The fit and finish of this car is excellent far better than your equivalent BMW 1series and Audi A1, both of which I test drove before purchasing. If you can't find a good driving position in this car, you're not human as there is so much adjustment which really gives you confidence on the road. Options wise, I wouldn't go too crazy otherwise your better of using that cash for a c-class; the night pack is a must as it gives the car a really sporty look as you get a great set of alloys included in the pack and the bi-xenon headlights with LED brow sets the front off fantastically. My car has the automatic option which is a well matched companion to the engine and the steering wheel paddles are a lot of fun.

    Going back to the engine and gearbox arrangement, they are well suited to each other as they are both quite sluggish to get going! Unless in sport mode (eco is the norm for some reason) she is a machine that doesn't like to be rushed and to be quite honest that suits me just fine. If you want a drivers car, the equivalent BMW 116d (my weekend car) is a much better bet. Other bad points:

    -ride is a bit crashy at lower speeds -it has the road manners of barge through the twisty bits -the engine is a bit rough on idle -the gearbox likes to have a discussion with the engine before changing gear

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  • A180 CDI SE ECO 5dr

    Martin Jones , . Date: 12/11/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      65

    My car

    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. This is the replacement car to a Golf7 1.6BlueMotion she bought late last year and was riddled with faults and reliability issues from day 1. She had 3 monobox A classes before, but thought she would try out the Golf which was getting rave reviews. The delivery of the A Class was a little delayed but well worth the wait. First, compared to the Golf, the ride and handling is much more surefooted and even though the suspension is firmer, it deals with bumps and road imperfections with much greater finesse. To add, she had the Golf with the archaic suspension fitted to lower powered variants. Rumble strips are dealt with smoothness and near silence compared to the Golf. Handling is sharper, it doesn't feel ponderous like the Golf. The engine seems more powerful and zesty than that fitted to the Golf. I have driven this several times now and it feels more eager. The Golf felt like a little engine was lugging a dead mass around. Economy is amazingly good and she regularly gets over 65mpg which can only improve. This little Renault sourced engine is a real gem. Yes it is a little clattery on first start up, but no worse than VW's 1.6TDi. Once it has warmed up it is barely audible in the cabin. Quality is great, no rattles and the seat trim feels expensive unlike the Golf. It's a cabin you warm to with great detailing.

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