Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback running costs
The starting price of the A-Class is probably enough to make you raise more than an eyebrow; it’s several thousand pounds more expensive than its two key rivals, the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.
However, there are mitigating circumstances, not least the fact that the recently launched A-Class is currently only available with three engines and an automatic gearbox. Less powerful petrol engines and a manual gearbox option are on the way and will bring down the starting price considerably. The A-Class will also hold onto much more of its value after three years, so you'll recoup some of that initial outlay come trade-in time.
Of course, the vast 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, then the A-Class will generally cost you more per month than its premium rivals.
If you’re a company car driver, the A180d and A200 are both good choices, although they do emit slightly more CO2 than equivalent versions of the A3. This knocks the car up one company car tax band.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback equipment
Entry-level SE trim gets you most of the basics, including (relatively small) 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and keyless start.
But since budget motoring isn’t really what the A-Class is about, we’d recommend stumping up a bit extra for mid-rung Sport trim. This gets you more attractive 17in wheels, more powerful LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and various styling enhancements.
Range-topping AMG Line is also 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, which gets you the larger 10.3in media screen, front and rear parking sensors and heated front seats. If you’re feeling flush, the pricier Premium package adds all of that and more, including a 10.3in instrument cluster, keyless entry, an upgraded stereo and cool-looking ambient lighting.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback reliability
This version of the A-Class is too new to feature in our most recent reliability survey, although the previous model had an average number of faults per 100 cars by class standards. The 1 Series and A3 were both found to be slightly more dependable.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback safety and security
Euro NCAP is still finalising its safety appraisal of the latest A-Class. There’s no reason to suspect anything other than a good showing, though, because even the most basic versions come with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, seven airbags, a system that monitors the driver’s alertness and a pop-up bonnet to cushion any impact with pedestrians.
Meanwhile, traffic sign assist (a camera that scans the road for speed limit signs and displays them on the dashboard) is on the options list.
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