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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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback

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