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

  • A200 Sport 5dr

    Gary Dawson , Durham . Date: 17/08/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      49

    My car

    I have owned this car now for 25 weeks and during this time it has been returned to the dealer on 7 occasions, totalling 20 days for a number of build quality issues. The main, ongoing issue being with an irritating clicking noise from the seat belt mounting. It has had a number of repairs & even 2 x seat belt & height adjustment mechanism replacements, without success. Now been told this is a known problem on the A class! My car has also suffered from a number of rattles / vibrations to the Info Screen, instrument cluster, centre console & the rear heating vents becoming detached. The latest issue been the intermittent failure of the eco start / stop system and after investigation a replacement battery was fitted. This car certainly does turn heads & I often get stopped by people wanting to have a look & information, but is sadly let down by the issues mentioned.

  • A180 BlueEFFICIENCY 5dr

    Andrew Bathie Date: 09/05/2013
    • 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
      50

    My car

    I ordered my car prior to it being officially launched in the UK and I have to say I took a bit of a flyer on it as the available information was poor. So that left me reading the various motoring reviews that were at best contradictory.

    To cut to the chase overall I think this is a great car, lovely to drive, look at and live with.

    My car replaces a 2010 318d BMW M Sport. The Merc for me is the better car, it handles just as well but is more roomy in all but the boot.

    Here’s my view on some of the things I’ve read and now experienced:-

    The car suffers with excessive body roll when cornering – No it doesn’t, it’s just fine. The suspension is way too hard – Yes it’s firm to hard but absolutely fine it’s badged as an AMG Sport for God’s sake, what did people expect? The windows are small – Agreed, visibility isn’t the best particularly when parking. The diesels are noisy – It’s fine and quieter than the BMW diesel. The auto gear change is too slow – No its not, gear shifts are seamless and it certainly whips through the gears quickly around town and can be instantly overridden with the paddles on the steering wheel. Some of the plastics are not of the quality expected in a Mercedes – The centre console does have a cheaper car feel to it. It does look like it may scratch easily but looks fine. Air conditioning controls are too low – they’re fine but I would question some of the instrument layout as it does appear a little spread out and fiddly to operate.

  • A180 CDI AMG Sport 5dr

    Brian Robertson , Oxfordshire . Date: 30/04/2013
    • 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
      53

    My car

    Well I don't know what road testers smoke these days but the banality of the 1-Series and A3 didnt attract me one bit. The A-Class is a very classy car indeed. In AMG Sport trim its a very sharp and sporty looking car. The interior is very "new" Mercedes design wise, with enough soft touch plastics to please. The standard "tablet" style info system with pre-wiring for the excellent and low cost Becker nav is excellent and very intuitive to work. On the road the car is as fast as it needs to be. The engine, like any diesel, is gruff on start up but super smooth and quiet on any road. I have the 7 speed auto which has a good kick down mode as well as a sports mode for faster gear changes. With zero road tax to pay for the 1st year, above 50mpg, great looks and rarity factor, I believe most journo's are giving the car an unfair hearing.

    I would suggest the night pack as a must have option as well as parking sensors, heated seats and if you can stretch to it, the opening panoramic sunroof.

    Finally Mercedes has some of the best finance packages available on the market today and are willing to negotiate. I got a great deal and am sure the residuals will hold up.

    Dont be put off by negative reviews. Go to the dealership, test drive the car and make your own mind up.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback

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