2019 Mercedes A250e verdict

The Mercedes A250e is a plug-in hybrid with an impressive electric-only range. Is it any good, though?...

2019 mercedes a 250 e silver parked front

Although the A250e impresses with its electric-only range and refinement, it seems even Mercedes isn't immune to some of the hurdles that can afflict hybrid cars, including switching between power sources clunkily and sloppier handling due to the added weight of the system.

However, thanks to the clever packaging of said system, you can enjoy the same passenger space as in the regular A-Class and only a tiny bit less boot space; alternatives can’t match its practicality. Add in the usable electric-only range and brisk straight-line performance and going for a hybrid A-Class over a regular one starts to make sense. 

As for alternatives, the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Audi A3 e-tron have a smoother transition when its petrol engine joins in but can’t match the flamboyant interior design or electric-only range of the A250e. Indeed, we suspect for many buyers that range and the promise of even lower running costs will be enough to tempt them into the A250e, even if it is a little rough around the edges.

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What Car? says

Rated 3 out of 5

Mercedes A250e AMG Line specification

Price £32,000 (est) Engine 4cyl, 1332cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor Power 215bhp @ 5500rpm Torque 331lb ft @ 1600rpm Gearbox 9-spd automatic 0-62mph 6.6sec Top speed 146mph Fuel economy 188.3mpg (NEDC combined) CO2, tax band 34g/km, 16% 

Rivals Audi A3 e-tronVolkswagen Golf GTE

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