Which used Mercedes A Class hatchback should I buy?
There are plenty of engines to choose from, and if you want a petrol unit, you can choose from a 1.5, a 1.7 and a 2.0. The 1.5 is refined and never feels out of its depth, so it's perfectly adequate for the car. This makes the 1.7 largely pointless, but the 134bhp 2.0-litre provides some extra performance.
There's also a turbocharged version of the 2.0-litre, but it isn't that much quicker and it doesn't feel like a proper 'hot' version.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine comes in three forms - A160 CDI, A180 CDI and A200 CDI. The A160 feels gutless, but the A180 is much better. Anbd, while the A200 is more powerful still, it's not worth the extra cash over the A180.
You can pick from three- and five-door cars, but the latter is the better bet because the three-door version sacrifiices too much practicality. In terms of trim, we'd recommend Classic SE, because it's the cheapest version to come with air-con as standard.