What used Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback will I get for my budget?
A high-mileage 2013 A-Class can be bought for below £9000, but if you’re after one with an average mileage for the year, as well as a full service history, and bought from an independent dealer, you’d be better off looking in the £10,000 to £12,000 bracket. Up the money to between £13,000 and £15,000 for a later 2014 car that satisfies the same criteria, or spend £16,000 to £18,000 to get a 2015 car, or later, from a reputable dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback?
The good news is the on-paper official economy of the A180d diesel version is astounding, with a claimed average of 80.7mpg, equating to a CO2 emissions output of just 89g/km. Even the A200d can average 65.7mpg, while the swift A220d can actually better it with 68.9mpg, and 107g/km of CO2 emissions, although this is dependant on trim. Best of the petrols is the A160, at a claimed 52.3mpg in certain variants.
Tax for cars registered before April 2017, when new bands came into force, varies considerably depending on CO2 output, with the A180d being tax exempt. Any car registered after April 2017 will pay the flat rate, although owners of the AMG A45 specials should note that if their car cost more than £40,000 new there will be an additional tax surcharge.
Insurance groups range from a reasonable 13 for the lower-powered variants up to a rip-snorting 45 for the ultra-fast A45 AMG cars. Servicing costs for the A-Class can be expensive, as can be replacement parts, but there is a pay-monthly service plan available to safeguard against prohibitive costs. Such plans can be had for as little as £25 per month, and guarantee the cost of parts and labour for up to three services.