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
Again, another no-brainer; there’s one trim level and a load of equipment packs to fine-tune your spec. Standard kit includes auto lights and wipers, two-zone climate control, keyless start, a reversing camera and a pair of 7.0in screens for infotainment and instruments, but you don’t really get any more than in a regular A-Class.
Engine: A35 4Matic Executive
The A35 comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol that kicks out 302bhp and 295Ib ft of torque. With 0-62mph coming up in 4.7sec, it’s fast if you're prepared to rev it hard. We just wish it sounded a bit more tuneful for a hot hatchback.