Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mercedes A Class hatchback?
The A-Class is quite long for a family car and the seating position is low, with awkward visibility out of the rear. With that in mind, check the extremities of the car carefully for any dents or dings. Also check the alloy wheels for any kerb damage. Make sure the rear seats fold as they should and that the tailgate opens and shuts properly. It’s worth checking any electrical equipment on board as well to make sure it all works.
It’s a little too early in the life of this fourth-generation A-Class for it to have picked up any particular faults, but the old car suffered from a number of smaller failures in its life, ranging from oil leaks to camshaft and driveshaft failure to dual-clutch gearbox problems and even the possibility of fire caused by ruptured fuel hoses on some models. On the whole these incidents were rare.
Unfortunately, Mercedes as a brand didn’t do particularly well in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, ranking 24th out of 31 manufacturers. The old version of the A-Class didn’t do very well in the family car category, either. In a class of 27, it was the petrol versions that did best, managing 19th place, while diesel models were a few places below that, in 25th.
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