Mercedes A-Class family hatchback: what else are buyers considering?

The A-Class is one of the best premium family hatchbacks around, so it's unsurprisingly popular with What Car? readers. But which other cars do A-Class shoppers consider, and do they deserve a pl...

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Toyota Corolla

Interested while researching 5% | Interested at buying stage 6%

There's no hybrid version of the A-Class just yet, so buyers looking for a greener family hatchback might naturally end up at the driver's door of the Toyota Corolla instead. And since the Corolla is our favourite hybrid car, that's no bad thing. Sure, it's not as plush inside as the A-Class, but it does offer seriously low running costs and lots of standard kit.

Volvo XC40

Interested while researching 5% | Interested at buying stage 6%

The Volvo XC40 was the 2018 What Car? Car of the Year and remains one of our favourite family SUVs. It's comfortable, spacious and good to drive but likely simply too big for anyone weighing up the A-Class to seriously consider. So although interest does grow over time, the gain is small.

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What Car? says:

The closest car here to taking down the A-Class in its own market is the Audi A3 Sportback, and which is ultimately the better car depends on the version you choose. As a diesel-engined model, it's the A3 we prefer, but the A-Class takes the win in warm petrol-powered form. Also, even though it doesn't appear on this list, it's worth remembering that our reigning champion in the family car market is the Skoda Octavia, which is more spacious than anything else in the class. If you're interested in buying an A-Class, our latest Target Price deals can save you up to £3459.

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