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MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS HATCHBACK

Mercedes-Benz A-Class company car front view
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Mercedes-Benz A-Class boot space

Mercedes A-Class Review

Highlights

  • Good level of standard equipment
  • Low running costs
  • Sharp exterior styling

 

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class - Overview

The A-Class hatchback is the smallest car Mercedes builds and a more compact, front-wheel drive alternative to the larger saloons and SUVs with which it’s traditionally associated. It’s existed in various guises since 1997, and the third-generation model, launched in 2012, took aim at the premium lower medium fleet market with a series of efficient diesel engines and eye-catching styling.

DRIVING

What is the Mercedes A-Class like to drive?

In standard SE form, the A-Class is comfortable and has direct steering. It’s a good all-rounder and its smooth, economical diesel engines and quiet cabin render it a good motorway companion. The entry-level A180d is extremely clean and efficient, and therefore a great choice for fleets, but it can feel a touch on the slow side next to more powerful versions, while the A200d and A220d are more potent, and more fitting for drivers who regularly travel on A-roads and motorways and need a little extra overtaking ability. Sport and AMG models look great with their bigger wheels and sharper body and interior trim, but those wheels and the firmer suspension result in harsher ride quality. Four-wheel drive 4Matic versions are available further up the model range if you need more grip. And if your choice list happens to stretch to it, then the Mercedes-AMG A45 sits at the top of the A-Class range.

 

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • A160 1.6 102hp, 121-126g/km CO2 (23-24% BIK), 51.4-54.3mpg
  • A180 1.6 122hp, 121-131g/km CO2 (23-25% BIK), 50.4-54.3mpg
  • A200 1.6 156hp, 126-132g/km CO2 (24-25% BIK), 49.6-52.3mpg
  • A250 2.0 218hp, 145-158g/km CO2 (28-30% BIK), 41.5-44.8mpg
  • A45 2.0 381hp, 162-171g/km CO2 (31-33% BIK), 38.7-40.9mpg

 

Diesel engines:

  • A180D 1.5 109hp, 89-102g/km CO2 (20-22% BIK), 72.4-80.7mpg
  • A200D 2.1 136hp, 99-111g/km CO2 (21-24% BIK), 65.7-70.6mpg
  • A220D 2.1 177hp, 107-124g/km CO2 (23-26% BIK), 58.9-68.9mpg

 

Gearboxes:

  • 6-speed manual
  • 7-speed automatic (7G-DCT & AMG Speedshift DCT)

 

Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Mercedes A-Class trim levels explained

The A-Class is very well kitted out as standard and comes in SE, Sport, AMG Line and Mercedes-AMG A45 guises. Core equipment on each trim level is: 

SE

  • 16” alloys
  • Keyless go
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Artico leather seats
  • Reversing camera
  • Smartphone integration – Apple Carplay
  • 7” infotainment screen display

 

Sport (in addition/replacement to SE)

  • 17” alloys
  • Sports trim
  • Dynamic Select system (includes switchable Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual driving modes)
  • 8” infotainment screen display
  • Automatic wipers
  • Automatic climate control

 

AMG Line (in addition/replacement to Sport)

  • 18” alloys
  • AMG exterior and interior trim
  • Lowered suspension
  • Sports steering system

 

250 AMG (in addition/replacement to AMG Line)

  • Uprated 18” alloys
  • AMG speed-sensitive power steering
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Electrically folding exterior mirrors
  • LED headlamps with high-beam assist
  • AMG suspension
  • Automatic parking system (Parking Pilot)
  • Uprated interior and exterior trim
  • Sat nav
  • Heated front seats

 

Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic (in addition/replacement to 250 AMG)

  • Uprated 18in alloys
  • Full AMG body kit and interior trim
  • Uprated brakes
  • AMG Speedshift automatic transmission
  • Uprated ESP system

How to spec the Mercedes A-Class

An excellent level of standard equipment along with conventional suspension and 16in wheels makes the entry-level SE model the default choice for the A-Class. The 1.5-litre A180d has the lowest emissions and the best fuel economy, while the 2.1-litre A200d is that much more powerful and, if you go for the 7-speed automatic transmission and stick with the smaller wheels, it emits just 99g/km of CO2. As for options, the Executive equipment pack is ideal for company car drivers, adding sat nav, heated front seats and Mercedes’ Parking Pilot automatic parking system. The Driving Assistance package is also worth a look for those doing high mileage, as it includes Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Mercedes’ Distronic and Pre-Safe automatic safety systems.

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Mercedes A-Class Interior – what’s it like?

Company car drivers familiar with core fleet models such as the C-Class and E- Class will feel at home, as the A-Class’s cabin is very much a scaled-down version of its bigger brothers’ interiors – the centre console and triple, chromed air vents among the most obvious links. Being a premium brand, the Mercedes’ interior is smart, sober and well put together and the A-Class has a 341-litre boot that extends to 1,157 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

THE ALTERNATIVES

Mercedes A-Class Alternatives

Other vehicles to consider include the Audi A3, BMW 1-series, Infiniti Q30, Lexus CT, Volkswagen Golf and Volvo V40.

VERDICT

Verdict

The A-Class’s low running costs and smart styling inside and out make it an appealing prospect for company car drivers. If you don’t need the space of a larger model but still fancy the prestigious Mercedes badge – and a hatchback that’s cheap to run – it ticks all the boxes.

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