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.