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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.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback
22 5stars

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 14 Mercedes-Benz A-Class versions available

Hatchback A180 SE 5dr £20,715
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback A180 Sport 5dr £21,840
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A180 CDI SE ECO 5dr £21,965
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A180 CDI Sport 5dr £22,785
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A180 CDI SE auto 5dr £23,240
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A200 Sport 5dr £23,365
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A200 CDI Sport 5dr £23,860
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A180 CDI AMG Sport 5dr £24,035
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A200 AMG Sport 5dr £24,615
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A200 CDI AMG Sport 5dr £25,110
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A220 CDI AMG Sport 5dr £27,760
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback A250 Engineered by AMG Sport 5dr £29,360
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback A250 Engineered by AMG 4MATIC 5dr £30,910
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback A45 AMG 5dr £38,195
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback A180 BlueEFFICIENCY 5dr

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…

James Little

4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback A180 CDI SE ECO 5dr

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.…

Martin Jones

4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback A45 AMG 5dr

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…

Peter Harris

4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback A180 CDI AMG Sport 5dr

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,…

ROBERT James

1 out of 5 stars
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