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
Mid-rung Sport is our favourite trim. Over and above SE trim, you get more attractive 17in alloy wheels, more powerful LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and various styling enhancements. Consider adding the Executive package, which adds front and rear parking sensors, power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a 10.3in infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and wireless phone charging.
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.
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