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Classy, comfortable, good to drive, safe and packed with technology, the Mercedes A Class stands among the best premium-badged options in the family car class. A lot of the engines work well in different ways: the entry-level diesel (A180d) if you want great fuel economy; the hot-hatch-quick A250 petrol if speed is your bag; the A250e plug-in hybrid if it's super-cheap company car tax you're after. But for its overall pace, efficiency and cost, the A200 is our pick of the bunch. Reliability is its Achilles heel, though, which is one of the reasons we rank the Audi A3 above it.get the best price
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Range-topping AMG Line is tempting with its 18in alloy wheels, sports seats, aluminium interior trim and privacy glass, but pushes the price into the territory of larger cars such as the Audi A4. For that reason, we’d stick with Sport trim and add the Executive package – and the Premium package if possible as well.
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This uses the 1.3-litre petrol engine from the A200 with an electric motor that bumps up the power to a useful 215bhp. That makes it quite brisk (0-62mph takes 6.6sec) while providing you with an official electric-only range of 44 miles with a full charge; an entirely believable figure. We managed to travel over 40 miles on EV power alone during our testing, which we reckon should be plenty for city dwellers or those with an average commute. Its battery can be charged from 0% to 100% in an hour-and-a-half using a 7.4kW wall charger.
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