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.
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
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
|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|