Value for money depends almost entirely on trim level
It may seem obvious that cheaper variants of the A-Class are better value than the top-spec trims, but in this case less is definitely the way to go. Entry-level models are well priced compared with rivals, fairly well equipped and, in the case of the A 180 d, very cheap to run.
Go for a sportier model or an automatic version and you’ll be parted from thousands of pounds, without gaining very much. Resale values are strong but eclipsed by some of the A-Class’s rivals, and none of the petrol versions is very efficient.
PCP leasing deals are not particularly competitive compared with the best in this class, particularly for the more desirable diesel models which have steeper monthly repayments than their petrol counterparts. There are fixed-price monthly servicing packs, but they’re not as good value as some of the deals available elsewhere.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class equipment
Respectable level of kit across the range
Every model in the A-Class range comes relatively well equipped. Even SE versions get a multi-function steering wheel, air-con, imitation leather seats, a 7.0in display with Bluetooth connection, air conditioning, electric windows and 16in alloy wheels.
Climate control is standard on all models bar entry-level SE, while in a bizarre move by Mercedes, some basic items such as DAB radio, heated front seats, and lumbar support are, confusingly, scattered individually around the range. It means you could be paying close to £30,000 for an A-Class and still need to add some or all of these items afterwards, which is not something you’d have to do with a lot of its competitors.
Given the choice, we’d go for the Sport or SE trims and add a few of these options, instead of paying over the odds for the styling tweaks on the higher-spec models.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class reliability
Mercedes isn’t great on customer satisfaction
The previous-generation A-Class was one of the least reliable family cars in our most recent customer satisfaction survey. However, the new model is completely unrelated and has a new chassis, new engines and entirely new interior trim, so we can’t say if it has improved.
As a brand, Mercedes outperforms Audi and BMW in the manufacturer league table, but is still some way behind manufacturers such as Volvo,VW and Seat.
The A-Class comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, and service intervals are once every 12 months or 15,500 miles, whichever arrives sooner. If you go for the hardcore A 45 AMG, though, those intervals are more frequent.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class safety & security
Huge amount of safety tech as standard
Few brands do more to further the cause of safety than Mercedes. The A-Class is a clear example of that because models across the range are fitted with traction control, seven airbags, a radar-assisted collision prevention system, a tyre pressure monitoring system and attention assist, which alerts the driver when they need to take a break.
The options list features additional safety items such as radar cruise control, adaptive headlights, lane-keep assist, blindspot assist and speed limit assist with traffic sign recognition.
The A-Class was awarded a maximum five-star crash rating by Euro NCAP. A set of deadlocks and an engine immobiliser help guard against the threat of theft.
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This trim is available on the A180d, A200d and A180. It’s reasonably well equipped, but cruise control and DAB radio aren’t fitted as standard, and the interior doesn’t feel as classy as higher-spec versions.
Our pick Sport
Available on only A180d, A200d, A180 and A200 models, this trim adds 17in wheels, climate control, an 8.0in screen, a choice of driving modes, auto wipers and chrome exterior details. It’s good value.
Another step up the styling stakes, AMG Line is available on A180d, A200d, A220d, A220 d 4MATIC, A180 and A200 models. It brings 18in wheels, lowered comfort suspension and sports seats. Tweaks to the exterior don’t really justify the high price.
This trim is available only on A220d and A220d 4MATIC models and brings active parking assist, lumbar support, heated seats, a sat-nav and numerous Formula 1-inspired styling touches. However, it’s pricey and arguably, many of its features should be standard on lower-order cars.
A 250 AMG
Available on two and four-wheel drive 4MATIC versions of the A250, this trim augments Motorsport edition with features such as lowered sports suspension and modified stability control – at a price.
Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC
The range-topper is extremely well equipped but so it should be, considering its huge leap in price. However, leather and sat-nav are still optional extras, as is adaptive suspension, which comes as part of the highly recommended optional Dynamic Pack.