Mercedes A Class A180d SE 5dr Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
diesel
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
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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: A180d

This 114bhp diesel isn’t flat-out quick (0-62mph takes 10.5sec if you opt for the auto 'box) but neither is it frustratingly languid and it's more than capable of relaxing town driving or long motorway commutes. Unlike a BMW 118d it delivers its power progressively rather than in one big rush and it's a bit quieter, too, plus it can manage over 50mpg if driven with care.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.6 seconds
Fuel TypeDiesel
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

62.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

360

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

118

g/km

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