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Versatile, affordable and reliable, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class broke the mould for family hatches when it was first introduced in 1997. Since then, it’s been the perfect option for young families, with over 1.5 million units sold worldwide. Across its three generations, the five-door hatch has combined practicality with sporty yet economic performance for everyday commuting.
When it first came out 15 years ago the Mercedes A Class was a top end MPV-style hatchback. But after struggling to find its feet in a difficult class, it has reimagined itself as a smart and stylish sporty hatchback.
It might be the most affordable, family-friendly option in the Mercedes family, but within the hatchback market it holds a similar place to its manufacturer's other offerings: right at the top end.
The Mercedes A Class has come a long way since first being released 15 years ago. Today it sits at the very top of the hatchback class, boasting a high quality interior, comfortable ride and some good engines.
Like its siblings in the Mercedes range, the A Class shines first and foremost for its elegance and class. The early models are boxy and share more in common with the fast outdated MPV class, but the most recent iteration is sharp, sleek and aerodynamic. With the typical Mercedes grille, it stands shoulder to shoulder with some its rivals like the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.
The A Class interior is impressive and takes much from its contemporaries in the high end hatchback class. In the most recent models sports seats and a sleek steering wheel add a touch of glamour, while a total load space of over 1,000 litres gives it surprising practicality, too.
On the road the A Class handles as well as any hatchback, with good grip and some power beneath the bonnet. However, with higher spec the wheels are larger and suspension a little stiffer, so if you're after a smooth ride it's best to stick to the entry level models.
Best of the engines is the A180 CDI diesel, which offers a mix of efficiency, power and comfort. On average it offers a healthy 92g/km CO2 emissions and over 78mpg – all the while managing 0-100mph in under 10 seconds. At the top of the range is the A250, which is easily one of the best hot hatches available on the market today. Offering 211bhp and a nippy 0-100mph speed of a little over six seconds, it gives all others in the market a run for their money.
While it might not be quite as much as an all rounder as the BMW 1 Series, the A Class has come on leaps and bounds in the last half decade. With its sleek style, comfortable ride and sporty performance it's a strong contender in the premium hatchback market.
Since first being released in 1997 the A Class has come a long way.
There are a number of dynamic A Class models and generations to choose from. Here we look at some of the different variations on offer in the latest generation.
16" alloy wheels, diamond radiator grille, chrome insert Halogen headlamps including integral daytime running lights, 7-inch tablet-style central media display, map pilot navigation system, collision prevention assist, adaptive brake assist, MP3 connectivity, reversing camera with dynamic guidelines, 12-button multi-function leather steering wheel, 3-spoke design with black topstitching, thermatic air conditioning.
17" alloy wheels, diamond radiator, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, twin tailpipes in polished stainless steel, 8-inch tablet-style central media display, reading lights and console light in rear roof lining, 12-button multi-function leather steering wheel, 3-spoke design with perforated grip area and black topstitching, thermotronic luxury automatic climate control.
18" AMG alloy wheels, high-sheen finish AMG bodystyling, front brake callipers with ‘Mercedes-Benz' lettering, perforated front brake discs, diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome, lowered comfort suspension (lowered by 15mm rear and 20mm front), Sports Direct-Steer system Interior AMG floor mats, stainless steel sports pedals, carbon-fibre look trim, sports seats, 12-button multi-function leather steering wheel, 3-spoke design with perforated grip area, flattened bottom section and red contrast stitching.
18" AMG alloy wheels, automatically dimming driver's exterior mirror, black diamond grille, electrically folding exterior mirrors, LED headlamps, ambient lighting (12-colour) AMG floor mats, automatically dimming rear view mirror, map pilot navigation system, sports seats in black leather/DINAMICA microfibre upholstery with petrol green and grey stripes, and petrol green contrast stitching.
18" AMG alloy, active Parking Assist including Parktronic AMG speed-sensitive power steering, automatically dimming driver's exterior mirror, front and rear brake calipers painted red with ‘Mercedes-Benz' lettering, diamond grille with pins in chrome, electrically folding exterior mirrors, LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, lowered sports suspension, ‘engineered by AMG' Modified Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), 12-colour ambient lighting, air vents with black surround, red insert and cruciform nozzle, automatically dimming rear view, map pilot navigation system.