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.
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.