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 more powerful A200 petrol or the A250e hybrid. 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
Trim: AMG S
Engine: A45 S 4Matic+
You might expect the A45 to share a basic engine with the A35, but in truth they are very different. Refreshingly, there’s no hybrid assistance to get the full 415bhp, just a very large turbo and a few tricks that would be more at home on a racing car. Even so, it’s perfectly refined and tractable when you’re driving sensibly.