Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The majority of A-Class Saloon buyers won’t be paying cash; they’ll be signing up to a PCP finance deal. If you’re planning to do that, an A-Class Saloon will generally cost you more per month than its premium-badged rivals, including the Audi A3 Saloon, although prices can vary from month to month depending on manufacturer and dealer incentives.
While the A180d diesel’s lower CO2 emissions (from 119g/km) make it more appealing than the petrol models if you’re a company car driver, the A250e plug-in hybrid makes a compelling alternative. Although it’s a fair chunk more costly to buy outright, its CO2 emissions of just 22g/km could drastically reduce your tax bills.
There’s good news for private buyers, too: the fact that the A-Class Saloon is predicted to hang on to more of its value than rivals over three years will help mitigate the fact that it costs slightly more to buy. Healthy discounts are available on the brochure prices, too; our New Car Buying service could save you a packet.
Equipment, options and extras
Unlike with the hatchback, there’s no entry-level SE trim on the A-Class Saloon, so you jump straight to Sport trim. This gets you 17in alloy wheels, powerful LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and cruise control.
Range-topping AMG Line is also tempting but pushes the price into the territory of larger executive cars, such as the BMW 3 Series. For that reason, we’d stick with Sport trim and add the Executive Package, which gets you an enlarged infotainment screen, front and rear parking sensors as well as heated front seats.
If you’re feeling flush, the pricier Premium Package adds all of that and more, including the larger digital instrument display that we mentioned earlier, keyless entry, an upgraded stereo and cool-looking ambient lighting.
In the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, the A-Class didn’t score at all well, finishing towards the bottom of the family car class. However, we're yet to receive data for the saloon as it's too new. The A3 Saloon mid-table in the executive car class, above the Audi A4 Saloon but a long way behind the Skoda Superb.
As a brand, Mercedes ranked a disappointing 26th out of 31 manufacturers. BMW and Audi, meanwhile, finished in 9th and 22th respectively. Skoda managed 5th overall and Lexus took overall victory.
Safety and security
Euro NCAP gave the A-Class a five-star (out of five) safety rating, with higher scores across the board than the A3 managed. That’s because even the most basic versions come with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, seven airbags, a system that monitors the driver’s alertness and a pop-up bonnet to help cushion a pedestrian in the event of an impact.
Meanwhile, traffic sign recognition (a system that uses a camera to recognise speed limit signs and displays them on the dashboard) and blind spot monitoring are on the options list.
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