Mercedes-Benz A-Class review

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17 Dec 2015 16:41 | Last updated: 19 Sep 2018 10:37

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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 to – and in some ways better than – the competition.

But the third-generation model (2012-2018) was rather less recommendable. 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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There are 3 trims available for the A-Class hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Entry-level SE trim gets you most of the basics, including (relatively small) 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and keyless start. We'd still recommend paying a bit extra for Spor...View trim
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Mid-rung Sport is our favourite trim. Over and above SE trim, you get more attractive 17in alloy wheels, more powerful LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and various styling enhancements. Co...View trim
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AMG Line
Range-topping AMG Line is tempting, but pushes the price into the territory of larger cars such as the Audi A4. For that reason, we’d stick with Sport trim and add the Executive package – and the P...View trim
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