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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 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
10 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback.
  • 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

    Overal

  • 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.

  • 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

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