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Mercedes-Benz A-class review – high-tech hatch takes aim at 1-series and A3

Antony Ingram
11 Jun 2018
Verdict:

Now in its fourth generation, the Mercedes A-class is unrecognisable from the car that kicked things off two decades ago.

Evo Rating: 
For 
Class-leading tech. Luxurious interior
Against 
It’s no hot hatch. Rivals are more fun to drive
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MPG and running costs

Other variants will inevitably follow, but for the time being the A180d is the predictable economy champ with a combined figure of up to 68.9mpg (and 108g/km of CO2). Gentle, steady motorway driving is likely to return the best figures in the real world, but our mixed route on the car’s launch saw around 55mpg on the trip computer - reasonable, but not outstanding.

The A200 was around 10mpg behind the A180d in similar mixed driving, against an official combined figure of 51.4mpg (for a corresponding 123g/km of CO2). The A250 was another 10mpg behind the A200 in the real world for us (at around 35mpg), but officially it’s capable of 45.6mpg and 141g/km of CO2.

With on-the-road prices of under £40,000, none of the basic A-class models attract the VED surcharge of £310 a year, so a basic A180d will cost £145 in year one and £140 a year thereafter, the A200 is £165 in year one, and the A250 comes in at £205 in year one. Hit the options list hard and you may find A250s attracting that £310 yearly surcharge.

In terms of Benefit-in-Kind company car tax, the A180d sits in the 26 per cent bracket, the A200 in the 25 per cent bracket, while the A250 rises to 29 per cent.

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