Mercedes A-Class hatchback (2005-2012) review: owner reviews

"The Mercedes A-Class is spacious, well built and has low running costs. It's a desirable upmarket hatchback."

mercedes a-class
Carbuyer Rating

2.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.4 out of 5

Price
£34,020 - £46,390
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Reviews

Owner Reviews

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Common Problems

  • Other (6 cases)
  • Suspension (6 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (1 case)
  • Electrics (8 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Suspension (1 case)
  • Brakes, Electrics (1 case)
  • Gearbox / clutch (2 cases)
  • Brakes (6 cases)
  • Engine (1 case)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Suspension (1 case)

Review 1 of 89

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Cvt

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
No failures since purchase
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Cvt

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

38
Tell us what you think about your car?
2 1/2 years not one single problem
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Cvt

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
so far it has never let me down
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Cvt

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

31.3
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problem's other than an incurable squeak, linked to the handbrake.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

elegance, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
This is the 3rd mercedes i have had and i think the quality is superb
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Classic SE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very firm uncomfortable ride - far too hard and bouncy Very thirsty mercedes quote a combined fuel consumtion of 47mpg. The car had never achieved this it has averaged 33 mpg since new and has dropped to 21mpg with no city or rush hour use. Mercedes official figures seem like pure fraud to me
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegence, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car is perfectly adequate for what it is intended for. Fuel economy is above expectation, seats are very comfortable, handling is not very good.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Classic SE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

elegance, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The best a class yet. I have had numerous m-b models, even four a classes. It was a sensible downsize, as well as being very practical
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

classic, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

2 out of 5

Car Details

Model

?, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Old and unreliable now. Has has had more spent on it in the last year that it is worth.Poor Handling and not reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegance, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good and the park assist is amazing! Performance wise much better than the three ford focuses that i previously had from motability. The a class was worth a bit extra money for the all round performance. Although the roadholding is not as good.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good quality and reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
Got through 3 M O Ts without a fail.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never failed to complete a journey to date
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Cvt

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have had a number of major faults including a gearbox failure
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

41
Tell us what you think about your car?
no problems
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1-1.5 litre, Petrol, Cvt

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
THE CAR HAS BEEN COMPLETELY FAULT FREE
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Tell us what you think about your car?
AVERAGE
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have not had any problems with the car apart from when i bought it it had a to small battery on it and needed a new one
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Cvt

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
had do problems
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Advantgard, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Suits my everyday needs
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

CDi Avant Garde, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Nippy, reliable and economical
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Brilliant vehicle for its purpose.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have never owned a mercedes car before and what i like about the a class is that it is classy without being too ostentatious and over the top. The only real complaint is that the suspension is a touch on the hard side
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Classic, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Avantgarde, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent design, beautifully made, easy and relaxing to drive in everyday conditions, very comfortable. Ride and steering could be better, servicing at franchised dealers is expensive but superb.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

A170 Elegance, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Expected better quality. Gearbox and suspension are below par for a benz. They advertise 40 mpg, but i average 34 mpg and i'm a very reasonable driver. Otherwise happy with the rest.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegance, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good engine & auto gear box. Fast & economic for an auto easy to acheive 50+mpg.. I looks good & is deceptively spacious.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

elegance, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good but not outstanding
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Avant Garde, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good all round economical family hatchback
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.6litre to 1.9litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2000

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Bit wonky in places, but reliable, powerful and my baby
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

classic se, 1.6litre to 1.9litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Sclass build quality , eclass space for less than £17k. will have to go for bclass next time as mb have ditched aclass for a bmw 1 series look alike in a bid for a younger audiance?. good luck mb!. Has the best seats since my old granada mk1 ghia. Hanbling ok even if it feels alittle high sided. Does everything a cclass does for £9k less!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Tell us what you think about your car?
Never let us down, now getting a bit rattly though
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems at all since new
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Cvt

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42.5
Tell us what you think about your car?
No reliability issues, car has done just over 30,000 miles but feels brand new.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Second A class Merc. Never had a problem witheither
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Cvt

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Tell us what you think about your car?
Engine reliability is OK but extras, lights, electronics, etc not always
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

43
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only concern is the rear tailgate struts being a bit slow to open on cold mornings
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good balance of price economy performance comfort
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Avantage, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Safe , comfortable, well-equipped.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegance, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
It is by far the best of the 4 a classes i have owned.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegance, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2001

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Amazingly practical and versatile. A bit underpowered, and thirstier than i expected. Next time, i'll go for the diesel version...
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Comfortable, reliable, good looking.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se,, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good all round , but suspension could be softer.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's good overall
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Elegance, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
I have found my car to extremly practice and nice to live with, every one whom ahs been in it and used it are very suprised how nice it is, how fast and comfortable it is. It is trully a great cat in london, and is good is good for long trips as well.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Classic, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Overall quite happy with the car. Main dealer servicing reflects mercedes prices but service nothing special apart from the hype.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Its a great little car and very safe
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48.2
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only small problem brake noise that has been successfuly corrected.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34
Tell us what you think about your car?
Has never failed me.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
Brake discs wear quickly Lamda sensor corroded New clutch (very expensive job) Sticking handbrake sensor Sticking central locking Windscreen intermittent wiper failure
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only problem so far was a front spring moving in its cup. Component replaced under guarantee
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, , Automatic

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Better than peugeot
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

CDI SE ELEGANCE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good small car. Lots of room and ride quality great.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

none, , , Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Avantgarde, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Third a class, all diesel,all very good. Styling looking dated now. Will order new a class if price is ok. Loyal to brand, dealers excellent.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE,, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
A very comfortable car with good interior and exterior design,not all that economical, and a poor transmission system
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Avantgarde, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Practical and reliable town car
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Classic SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
-
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE Elegance, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good except for one niggling brake problem which hasn't been cured even though mercedes have changed the brake pads it still makes a noise as the wheels come to a halt. The noise can be worse in reverse.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Serves the purpose
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

classic, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?