Price £17,375 - £21,265
For premium, upmarket practicality, there's little to match the Mercedes A-Class. The cabin feels enormous, while the high driving position gives a great view around town. The interior feels beautifully built, although it's not quite able to match the upmarket feel of its more expensive relatives. The three-door looks smart, but access to the rear is tricky, making the five-door model the choice if you’re planning on using those spacious rear seats.
Price £20,150 - £28,800
The Mercedes A-Class is taking a much more traditional approach to rivaling the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. The old car's mini-MPV proportions have been replaced by a lower, wider more normal small hatchback style that looks great. Those looks are helping the A-Class to reinvent itself as a sportier model – as the Sport and AMG Sport specifications suggest. Like other Mercedes models, the A-Class is fun to drive, but not with the same sports car feel of a BMW 1 Series. That means the suspension is slightly more forgiving over bumps, while the steering also errs on the side of comfort – it feels pleasantly weighted, but the reaction of the car to steering inputs isn’t as sharp. And much as the interior is as good looking as the exterior, some of the quality of the plastics is disappointing for a Mercedes.