The modelRead full review
Classy, comfortable, good to drive, safe and packed with technology, the Mercedes A-Class stands among the best premium-badged options in the family car class. A lot of the engines work well in different ways: the entry-level diesel (A180d) if you want great fuel economy; the hot-hatch-quick A250 petrol if speed is your bag; the A250e plug-in hybrid if it's super-cheap company car tax you're after. But for its overall pace, efficiency and cost, the A200 is our pick of the bunch. So-so reliability is the A-Class's Achilles heel, though, and one of the reasons we rank the Audi A3 above it.
The trimSee full equipment
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.
The engineSee full engine specs
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, and it's quite coarse when you do.
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