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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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Summary


The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a medium-sized hatchback and saloon model. The current generation was launched in the middle of 2018 and has quickly become one of the best-selling cars in the UK.

A saloon version joined the range in the middle of 2019, which has not been offered in previous generations. There is also a pair of hot-hatch performance model available called the Mercedes-AMG A 35 and the even-faster Mercedes-AMG A 45.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has received generally good scores from most UK media sources, with most rating the entry-level models slightly higher and performance-oriented titles slightly lower. Scores for the hatchback and saloon models are very similar, which is not surprising.

As of March 2022, the A-Class has an Expert Rating of 71% based on 46 different reviews. That puts it level with the Audi A3 and six points behind the BMW 1 Series.

Reliability hasn’t been a strong point of the current A-Class, unfortunately. In the 2021 What Car? reliability survey, it finished dead last in the family car category, and the 19th worst new car on sale. The previous year (which was the first appearace for this model) wasn’t a lot better, when the A-Class ranked equal 19th out of 24 cars.

A-Class highlights

  • Superb interior trim
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Great build quality and refinement
  • Plenty of space in the front
  • Wide range of variants to choose from

A-Class lowlights

  • Rather rigid ride quality
  • Rivals have more powerful engines
  • Cramped in the rear
  • Alternatives have more boot space
  • Dead last in reliability rankings

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch and four-door saloon
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £24,100 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: Autumn 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2018

96%

ADULT OCCUPANT

91%

CHILD OCCUPANT

92%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

75%

SAFETY ASSIST

More safety recognition

  • Euro NCAP rated the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class as Best Small Family Car in 2018
  • The Mercedes-Benz A-Class won the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2019 Safety Award
  • Thatcham Research rated the Mercedes-Benz A-Class as one of the ten safest new cars for 2019

Eco rating


Model tested: A 200 AMG Line petrol
Date tested: February 2019

9.4 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

5.2 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

Additional eco rating

The score above is for the A 200 petrol engine, which was tested in 2019. The A 180d 1.5-litre diesel manual was also tested by Green NCAP in February 2021 and received a 2.5 star rating. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “The car tested by Green NCAP is the 180d, with Daimler’s 1.5 litre, turbocharged four cylinder diesel engine. Energy efficiency is a strong point for the car, with low fuel consumption for a car of its weight. For pollutant emissions, the car has selective catalyst reduction, a three-way catalyst and a diesel particulate filter.

“On the whole, these work well and emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases are well controlled. Oxides of Nitrogen are the only weak point: in the Clean Air index, NOx is elevated in the more challenging tests and emissions of N2O, a powerful greenhouse gas, reduce the score in that part of the assessment.

“The indexes in these two areas of assessment reduce the average and result in an overall 2½ star rating.”

This rating only applies to the 1.5-litre diesel manual version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range (although there won’t be any significant difference between hatchback and saloon body styles).

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has received

2021

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid (A 250e)

2020

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Company Car (A 250e)
  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Car for New Drivers
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid Family Car (A 250e)
  • Business Car Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid (A 250e)

2019

  • What Car? Awards – Safety Award + Best Family Car over £28,000 (A 250)
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Luxury Car
  • Company Car Today Awards – Car of the Year + Premium Lower Medium Car of the Year
  • Carwow Awards – Game-changer

2018

  • Euro NCAP Best Cars of 2018 – Best Small Family Car
  • BusinessCar Awards – Best Premium Compact Car

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Mercedes-Benz A-ClassThe Mercedes-Benz A-Class has received good reviews and awards from the UK media, with praise for its comfort, refinement and safety kit.