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 and, if you're feeling flush, the Premium package, too.
This is the same engine as the A220d, but here producing 148bhp. It's a really well-rounded engine, with a good power delivery throughout the rev range, reasonably smooth and decent real-world economy – we managed 52.3mpg in mixed running. The eight-speed automatic gearbox can be quite jerky at slow speeds, though – more so than the seven-speed auto in the A180d.