Mercedes A-Class hatchback

Price  £20,715 - £38,195

Mercedes A-Class hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Stylish looks
  • Economical engines
  • Very hi-tech
  • Smaller boot than rivals
  • Options are expensive
  • Sport models are uncomfortable

The Mercedes A-Class is a family hatchback of a similar size to the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 and is very different to the original A-Class, which was a slightly awkwardly-styled small MPV. The current model is a sleek and stylish car designed to appeal to younger buyers keen to get their hands on a car with a premium badge on the bonnet.

Fortunately, the A-Class doesn’t just look better – it's a lot better to drive than the old model, too, thanks to a superb line-up of engines and decent handling. There's an ultra-efficient model offering emissions below 100g/km CO2 – making it exempt from road tax – and a high performance AMG model that offers breath-taking power. The A-Class can’t quite match the BMW 1 Series for handling, so serious drivers are better off going for the that, but buyers looking for something a little more exclusive and luxurious will find the A-Class right up their street.