2018 Mercedes A-Class front cornering

Mercedes-Benz A-Class review

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

On first inspection, it can certainly seem that way with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The original (sold during 1998-2005) was remarkably innovative, and even its successor (2005-2012) did things differently – and in some ways better than – the competition.

The third-generation model (2012-2018) was rather less recommendable, though. More stylish and mainstream, yes, and a considerable sales success to boot. But, objectively, it was never a match for its main foes, the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.

Which brings us right up to the present day and this fourth-generation A-Class. Logic might lead you to assume that it's probably nothing special but, without wanting to give too much away, that isn’t the case at all. In fact, it’s really rather good.

Read on for everything you could want to know about the latest A-Class, including what it's like to drive, how practical it is, the engines and trims that make the most sense and the options worth considering.

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Trims
There are 4 trims available for the A-Class hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
SE
Entry-level SE trim gets you most of the basics, including (relatively small) 16in allo...View trim
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Sport
Mid-rung Sport is our favourite trim. Over and above SE trim, you get more attractive 1...View trim
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AMG Line
Range-topping AMG Line is tempting, but pushes the price into the territory of larger c...View trim
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A 35 AMG
The A35 hot hatch gets 18in bi-colour wheels, AMG bumpers front and rear, a sports exha...View trim
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£35,580
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