A-Class 2019 Awards

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

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Manufacturer price from:£56,570

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.

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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.

Key information

0-62 MPH3.9 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Urban: 26.9Motorway: 39.2
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating