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.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 114bhp diesel isn’t flat-out quick (0-62mph takes 10.5sec) but neither is it frustratingly languid and it's more than capable enough for relaxing town or motorway commutes. Unlike some diesel engines, it delivers its power progressively rather than in one big rush as the turbocharger kicks in. By diesel standards, it's relatively smooth and quiet, too.