Mercedes A-Class A45 S 4Matic+ 5dr Auto Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
Mercedes A-Class A250e AMG Line front
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  • Mercedes A-Class A250e AMG Line front
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  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 dashboard
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 rear seats
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front right static
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 right panning
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front wide tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 wheel detail
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 instrument panel
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 boot open
RRP £51,235What Car? Target Price£48,017
Review

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. So-so reliability is the A-Class's Achilles heel, though, and one of the reasons we rank the Audi A3 above it.

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The AMG 45 is a mega-pricey hot-hatch but stupidly fast. Equipment highlights include 19in alloy wheels, AMG-tuned suspension, twin 10.3in screens, 64-colour interior ambient lighting, wireless phone charging, AMG bucket front seats, power-folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and heated front seats.

With 415bhp, the range-topping A45 AMG can crack 62mph from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 168bhp. That's incredible performance for a hot hatchback, albeit it seriously pricey one.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH3.9 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

31.4

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

370

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

204

g/km

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