Mercedes A Class A180 SE 5dr Auto Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
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RRP £25,350What Car? Target Price£21,050
Review

Classy, good to drive, safe and packed with technology, the Mercedes A Class stands among the best premium-badged options in the family car class. Although the entry-level diesel (A180d) makes most sense for the majority of A Class buyers, we really like the performance offered by the more powerful A250 petrol, and the benefit to company car drivers of the A250e hybrid. For outright comfort, though, a Volkswagen Golf is suppler, and a BMW 1 Series is more exciting in the bends.

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Trim: SE

Entry-level SE trim gets you most of the basics, including (relatively small) 16in alloy wheels, single-zone air conditioning, cruise control, a rear-view camera, digital dials on a 7.0in screen, a separate 7.0in infotainment screen, sat-nav, Bluetooth, heated front seats, Artico man-made leather trim and keyless start. We'd still recommend paying a bit extra for Sport, though, because you cannot add any of the main option packs.

Engine: A180

This 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces a relatively modest 134bhp. You need to work it quite hard to get the best from it, but more of a problem is how coarse it sounds when you do.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH8.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

47.9

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

370

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

134

g/km

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