Mercedes A-Class review

Category: Family car

Section: Introduction

Mercedes A-Class A250e AMG Line front
  • Mercedes A-Class A250e AMG Line front
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 rear tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 dashboard
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 rear seats
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front right static
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 right panning
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front wide tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 wheel detail
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 instrument panel
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 boot open
  • Mercedes A-Class A250e AMG Line front
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 rear tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 dashboard
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 rear seats
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front right static
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 right panning
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front wide tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 wheel detail
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 instrument panel
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Sequels are rarely better than the original, are they? And when you string an idea out for a third or fourth instalment, it’s often a sign that a once-grand idea is now long past its sell-by date.

On first inspection, it can certainly seem that way with the Mercedes A-Class. You see, the original A-Class was remarkably innovative, but its successors (particularly the third-generation model) were a lot less recommendable. So, logic might lead you to assume that this latest fourth-generation car is nothing special but, without wanting to give too much away, that isn’t the case at all. In fact, it’s really rather good.

FAQs

  • The A-Class has a poor reputation for reliability. It came last of 24 family cars rated in our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey. Mercedes itself also came a disappointing 22nd out of 30 brands rated overall, suggesting a large number of unhappy owners. Read more here

  • The A-Class is available in plug-in hybrid form. This model is called the Mercedes A250e and uses a 1.3-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor. It has an official electric-only range of more than 40 miles. There's no fully electric version. Read more here

  • Our pick of the A-Class range is the plug-in hybrid A250e, which is surprisingly fast yet very cheap to run – especially if you're a company car driver. If you're buying privately and want to keep the price down, we'd recommend the A200 petrol. Either way, we reckon AMG Line Edition makes most sense. Read more here

  • All versions of the A-Class get at least a 7.0in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. However, go for at least AMG Line Edition trim (as we'd recommend doing) and the screen grows to 10.3in. The voice control system also works impressively well. Read more here

  • Euro NCAP awarded the A-Class a five-star (out of five) safety rating, with higher scores in the areas of adult occupancy and pedestrian protection than the BMW 1 Series managed. Indeed, Mercedes' smallest car is one of the safest family cars you can buy. Read more here

  • There’s nothing spectacular about the A-Class's boot, although it’s roomy enough for a big weekly shop or the luggage you'll need for a weekend away in the country. The plug-in hybrid A250e has a slightly smaller boot than other models. Read more here

At a glance
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Target Price from £29,504
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Leasing deals
From £381pm
RRP price range £31,890 - £63,140
Number of trims (see all)10
Number of engines (see all)12
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)diesel, petrol, hybrid
MPG range across all versions 217.3 - 57.7
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £530 / £4,563
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £1,060 / £9,126
Available colours