For The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is available with some strong and efficient engines, plus it looks stylish and resale values will be strong.
Against The ride is overly firm, yet most models handle poorly. It doesn’t feel as classy as an Audi A3 inside, and higher-spec models are pricey.
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The Mercedes A-Class looks great inside and out, but rivals are classier, better to drive and more refined, so it’s hard to recommend.
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There are 15 Mercedes-Benz A-Class versions available
Target Price team says:
There are three choices of suspension on the A-Class; comfort, lowered comfort and Engineered by AMG.Even the Comfort suspension setups will be too firm for many tastes, feeling jittery on any road that isn’t perfectly smooth. The Engineered by AMG models are even firmer, but they do provide better body control to complement the car’s strong grip.
The diesel engines are disappointing because they’re noisy and generate too much vibration. The petrols are better, being smooth and happy to rev, but they’re also relatively underpowered compared with key rivals.
The standard six-speed manual gearbox is fine, although the twin-clutch gearbox is also worth considering. This is standard with the 1.8 diesel and 2.0 petrol, and a cost option across the range.
We reckon a A180 petrol car with a manual gearbox represents the best compromise.
Reader test team says:
I've been BMW for the last 10 years, and traded in my gas guzzling expensive to own X5 for the A180 CDI sports with the auto gearbox, lights package…
I've just picked up an A45 AMG with pretty much all the extras ticked and I have to say I am really enjoying it so far. It is a very sport focussed…
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…
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…