Mercedes A-Class review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 2020 infotainment
  • 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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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The majority of A-Class buyers won’t be paying cash; they’ll be signing up to a PCP finance deal. If you’re planning to do that, an A-Class will generally cost you more per month than its premium-badged rivals, including the BMW 1 Series, but prices do vary from month to month depending on manufacturer or dealer incentives. The A-Class has strong resale values relative to its non-premium rivals, but they’re not predicted to be as robust as the A3's and 1 Series' after three years.

If you’re a company car driver, you'd do well to look at the A250e; its low CO2 emissions, impressive all-electric range and plug-in hybrid tax breaks result in very reasonable benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax compared with regular petrol or diesel engines. It sits in the same company car tax bracket as the A3 TFSIe, Skoda Octavia iV and Volkswagen Golf GTE, but the Skoda’s cheaper purchase price means even lower monthly payments. Its battery can be charged from 0-100% in around two hours using a 7kW wall charger which is good, but not so good is the engine’s thirst when it’s out of battery. High 30s mpg is the best we saw during our testing.

Equipment, options and extras

Entry-level SE trim gets you the basics, including (relatively small) 16in alloy wheels, single-zone air conditioning, heated front seats, cruise control and keyless go. Range-topping AMG Line is tempting, but pushes the price into the territory of larger cars, such as the BMW 3 Series. You’ll need to opt for that to get one of the A250 engines, though.

Overview

Classy, comfortable, good to drive, safe and packed with technology, the Mercedes A-Class stands among the best premium-badged options in the family car class. A lot of the engines work well in different ways: the entry-level diesel (A180d) if you want great fuel economy; the hot-hatch-quick A250 petrol if speed is your bag; the A250e plug-in hybrid if it's super-cheap company car tax you're after. But for its overall pace, efficiency and cost, the A200 is our pick of the bunch. So-so reliability is the A-Class's Achilles heel, though, and one of the reasons we rank the Audi A3 above it.

  • Strong safety rating
  • Feature-packed infotainment system
  • Good to drive and very comfortable
  • Not cheap to buy outright or on finance
  • Restrictive and pricey option packs
  • Poor reliability record
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