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.
What Car? says
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.
What Car? readers say
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There are 16 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 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,…
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…
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…
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…