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Here’s a conundrum for you: what has huge presence but is relatively small, and prolific yet far from banal? Okay, this is the Mercedes A-Class review, so it’s a good shout that we’re referring to the smallest car with a three-pointed star. And before anyone writes in to tell us that the Smart Fortwo EQ is the smallest Mercedes of all, technically you’re right, but it doesn’t wear that famous badge.
Few would argue that the A-Class doesn't cut more of a dash on the road than many other family cars, from the Ford Focus to the Skoda Octavia. And despite selling in inordinately big numbers, the A-Class retains its lofty air of prestige panache that makes so many potential buyers think: “I want one.”
There are various spin-offs, too, including the A-Class Saloon and the CLA Coupé, plus not just one but two racy hot hatch versions: the sizzling 302bhp A35 and the 'pants on fire' 415bhp A45. You can read about all those by clicking the individual links; here we’re focusing on the regular hatchback including the efficient plug-in hybrid A250e.
So, after all that, you might be feeling the urge to bag yourself an A Class right now, but hold your horses. There are at least two other cars in the class that need to be considered first: the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. And if, after weighing up those, you do decide that the A-Class is still your dream car, you’ll need a route map through all the various trims, option packs and engines that are available.
That’s where this review will help you. Keep on reading and we’ll tell you how the Mercedes A-Class compares with its premium rivals, and which engine and trim combo makes the most sense. When you’re feeling au fait with the facts, the next stage is to head to our New Car Buying service. With a few simple clicks and no haggling at all, you'll find big discounts on the A-Class, and nearly every other new car on sale.
At a glance
|Number of trims||7 see more|
|Number of engines||9 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||diesel, petrol, hybrid|
|MPG range across all versions||256.8 - 58.9|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£461 / £4,132|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£922 / £8,264|
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