Classy, good to drive 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 the most sense for the majority of A Class buyers, don't discount the A200 petrol and the more powerful A250 petrol. Range-topping AMG Line is tempting, but we'd stick with cheaper Sport trim and spend a few quid on options, instead.get the best price
Entry-level SE trim gets you most of the basics, including (relatively small) 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and keyless start. We'd still recommend paying a bit extra for Sport, though.
This 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces a relatively modest 134bhp. However, it rarely feels out of its depth, even if you do need to work it quite hard to get the best from it. More of a problem is how coarse it sounds when you do.