Previous car: VW Polo 1.4SE. Have owned this A-Class for 2 years. It's a perfectly sized compromise car for me and my ultra petite wife to drive. CVT is brilliant (I couldn't return to a manual box), alongside park assist and sensors. Folding mirrors are essential for getting into modern house small garage. Accurate GPS in Audio 50 ICE. Drive is smooth, quiet, powerful and effortless. It points and shoots in traffic (you decide you want to move, blip throttle, and it moves there without effort). Handles extremely well. The cabin is a really nice place to be in.
More importantly, this car saved my wife's life when she was t-boned at a road junction. Despite the severe damage to the car my wife emerged completely unscathed. The car was rebuilt at a Mercedes-approved body-shop, as new. However, Mercedes own insurance company leaves a lot to be desired, with little help offered given the enhanced premium asked for alongside lack of promised courtesy A-Class in their policy document.
Service costs could be much cheaper, and less confusing. One might expect a B service to follow A - but if you reach 2 years ownership (even with less than average mileage) you fall foul of a much more expensive C service.
Even so, both of us would have no hesitation in buying another - despite the insurance and service issues - and would strongly recommend the car to others.
This car was obtained mainly for my wife who is disabled: it was the only small car with enough front legroom for her. I have driven it mostly. Verdict: hard, uncomfortable ride; CVT irritatingly vague (I like automatics);steering too light; poor turning circle; difficult to get into the back and very uncomfortable (a cause of backache for some); boot too small (with wheelchair in, only room for a few Waitrose carrier bags)- it cannot possibly be 435 litres!And, door mirrors that do not fold in - on a Mercedes! In short, horrible. The worst drive I have ever had and that includes an Allegro!
We had a A160 LWB 02. My wife and I and the kids loved the car, so much so when we traded it in my son son cried , it was extremely spacious.We had the car for 5 years used it every day went for a 3,500 mile trip in Europe with it. We only had to call MB Mobilolife once and they were excellent. So overall very , very happy.
Last nov we looked at the A160 CDI Classic auto. It drives very well and is very comfortable. We got a cracking deal from MB Direct caterham , the car is used every day on total urban driving and where we used to get 24-26 MPG in the town in the A160 we now get 30-35. We recently went to Bridlingon a 580-600 mile round trip 3 adults 1 8 year old and a 4 year old. We were surprised how conmformatble it was. The best part we averaged over 51 MPG . Remember the car is fully loaded with passengers and luggage.My wife and I would not settle for anything else. MB are expensive than other cars , but that is a price for quality and service.
I have owned an Mercedes A160 CDi, and i have to admit, its the worst car i have ever owned, and to top it off, the DealerShip Mercedes Retail in Dartford Kent are totally rubbish, and conned me out of £1000.00 for a repair that should have been under warranty.
Mercedes Customer services are of NO service what so ever! so i warn you, about Mercedes Retail group, they just take your money.
The labour charges at Mercedes Retail are 40% higher than a franchised Merc dealer, so shop around for best rates.
PLEASE AVOID BUYING MERCEDES, because you will have problems!!
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