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
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 and, if you're feeling flush, the Premium package, too.
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.
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