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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For It makes very clever use of space and is the cheapest way to buy a Mercedes

Against The build quality is questionable, and the over-firm ride irritating

Verdict The packaging may be incredible, but there are too many day-to-day irritations

Go for… The A160 has the power you need, and buy a LWB version for the extra space

Avoid… The A190 and A210 are too expensive, and too powerful for their own good

Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV
  • 1. It may be only as long as a supermini, but there's as much space inside as in a family car
  • 2. It's considerably less reliable than both the Audi A3 and VW Golf, and takes more time and money to put right
  • 3. The most important area to check is the car's suspension, which is to blame for almost half of all problems
  • 4. Of all the various choices, our favourite engine is the 1.6-litre petrol
  • 5. We'd go for the cheapest Classic trim, but opt for Elegance if you want air-con
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