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Mercedes 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 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. The original A Class (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 A Class (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.

No matter whether you're after a (relatively) affordable petrol, a super-frugal diesel or a seriously rapid hot hatch, the A Class range offers something for you. But there are plenty of other fine family hatchbacks to choose from, so how does the latest Mercedes A Class compete with rivals – particularly those that wear an equally posh badge?

Click through the next few pages and we'll tell you everything you could possibly want to know, including what the A Class is like to drive, what it's like inside, how safe it is and the engines and trims that make the most sense. We'll also run you through the options that we'd recommend you consider adding.

And if you decide you want to buy a Mercedes A Class we can help you with that, too: just click here to find out how much you could save on the brochure price without any awkward haggling.

 

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Engines
There are 8 engines available for the A-Class hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
A180
This 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine has 134bhp and comes with a choice of...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxManual, Semi-auto
0-62 MPH8.8 secs
MPG50.4-54.3
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£21,022
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OUR PICK
A180d Auto
This 114bhp diesel isn’t flat-out quick (0-62mph takes 10.5sec) but neither is it frust...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH10.5 secs
MPG67.3-68.9
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£23,699
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A200 Auto
This 161bhp 1.3-litre turbo petrol pulls strongly enough at low revs, although you do n...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxManual, Semi-auto
0-62 MPH8 secs
MPG47.1-53.3
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£23,830
Average Saving £2,335
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A200d
With its 2.0-litre capacity, the A200d produces a lot more power than the A180d, a heal...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH8.1 secs
MPG67.3-67.3
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£26,240
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A220 Auto
We are yet to try out this variant...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH6.9 secs
MPG43.5-45.6
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£26,915
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A250 Auto
Range-topping 2.0-litre petrol packs an impressive 221bhp and can sprint to 62mph from...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH6.2 secs
MPG43.5-45.6
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£28,249
Average Saving £2,216
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A220d
This is the same engine as the A200d, but here produces 187bhp...View engine
Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH7 secs
MPG65.7-65.7
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£28,776
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AMG A35
Picking an engine is easy as there’s only one; a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol that kic...View engine
Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH4.7 secs
MPG38.7-38.7
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£33,777
Average Saving £1,803
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