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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
8 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback.
  • A45 AMG 5dr

    Peter Harris , . Date: 14/05/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      29

    My car

    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 amazing. The gearbox is totally amazing too, and has totally converted me to automatics. Being a 4-wheel drive arrangement stability in curves at speed comes as standard. The suspension is, however, very hard, to the extent that the wife has taken to wearing sports bras, though we both feel well cushioned by the bucket seats. I like the cabin trim, down to details like the clip for parking tickets in the sun visor, though overall the amount of stowage space is small (less even than some other A class models). The screen display for the satnav/phone/audio is of good size, though the radio screen looks as if it was designed in the 1970s. The sunroof works well, and the extra noise with it open is not too bad except on the motorway. One feature to beware of is the wheels. Their smart alloy profile protrudes beyond the tyre. Since the wheels themselves are set well to the edge of the vehicle this means that they are very vulnerable to kerbing (don't ask me how I know this). The tyre wear is quite high as well, with the front tyres becoming due for renewal at barely 10,000 miles. Will I keep this car? I certainly will.

  • A180 CDI AMG Sport 5dr

    ROBERT James , west midlands . Date: 06/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    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, please drive it first, it will probably put you off and then you can buy something else that you will be happy with.

    Firstly, comfort. Seats look great, but you will forever be messing about with the position to try to get them comfortable - the alcantara material grips your clothes and you will never sit in exactly the same position twice.

    Secondly, suspension. Gosh it is hard, even with the standard comfort fitment (god forbid what the uprated one is like).

    Thirdly, engine. Quiet at speed, really noisy around town, and the stop start comes in with a thud and a rattle.

    Fourthly, gearbox. Just never seems to be in the right gear, always bogging down unless you kick down to get it to shift. Also can catch you out if you start to go and then have to hesitate for any reason - the car can try to push forward for several feet, requiring a good shove on the brake to stop you hitting the car in front.

    Fifthly, consumption. Nowhere near what they advertise, expect 50 (maybe 52) on a long run if you take it really gently. Around town reality is mid to high 30's unless you creep around, then you will get low 40's. (when I mean creep around, I mean slower than a Prius !)

    Sixthly (if there is such a word), it is frustratingly slow off the mark unless you totally boot it. Perhaps the Prius spoilt me in this reg

  • A200 Sport 5dr

    Stuart Messer , East Sussex . Date: 20/02/2014
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      49

    My car

    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 on bumpy country roads. 'A' roads are a pleasure to drive down with body roll very much kept under control - steering is a bit light and a touch vague near full lock but no car if perfect. The engines are remarkably flexible - OK it does sound like a diesel... but it IS a diesel. If I wanted my car to sound like a petrol car, I'd buy a petrol car.. Make sense?? The auto gear box is incredibly smooth, you barely notice the gear shift, it kicks down when required for overtaking/blowing-off-steam and far superior to others I test drove. Top points for MPG on this as well - I get around 58mpg on average with a driving style that means I spend most of my time in the fast lane.

    More importantly than all of that, it looks like the sort of car that someone who cares about their image would drive. VW and Audi are for fleet drivers, sales reps and Captain sensibles.

    I chose this car over an E class and the Jag XF, so to beat those 2 this car HAS to have something special.

    I also drive a 2011 Porsche Boxster PDK and 2006 Cayenne Auto and I rate this little merc above them !!

    My favourite car in what is a very dull time for car design

  • A180 CDI SE auto 5dr

    Andrew Hinder , . Date: 29/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      60

    My car

    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 and the car drives and feels just like my previous cars. The major differences are the bills – road tax down 90%, diesel down 40%, tires down 60% and insurance is down 35%. While the car is smaller there is still enough room with the seats folded down to get my bike in the back with only removing the front wheel. The only minor issue is with the seat belt holder which sometimes rattles.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback

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