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
Trim: AMG S
We have yet to try this variant
Engine: A45 S 4Matic+
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.
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