Mercedes-Benz A-Class A200 Sport Executive - 180 Degree View Reverse Cam & Touchpad on Centre Console 1.3 Automatic 5 door Hatchback (2019) at Renault Bury

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Specification of this our lovely Mercedes-Benz A200 includes MBUX Multimedia System, 10.25-inch with Touchscreen Media Display and Satellite Navigation, Mercedes-Benz Sound System, 180 Degree View Reversing Camera with Parking Guidelines, Smartphone Integration, Touchpad on Centre Console, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Cruise Control with Limiter, DAB Digital Radio Tuner, Dual Bluetooth Interfaces, Hard-Disk Navigation, Hey Mercedes - Voice Activation and much more. At Motorparks we're committed to offering unbeatable value for money and we understand that price is important, so we have a team dedicated to regularly checking our prices.

23/03/2019

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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
120 g/km

MPG:
53.3

WLTP CO2:
137 g/km

WLTP MPG:
47.1

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V5 Document

V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Manuals

Manuals

Body Glass

4 Electric Front and Rear windows, Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control, Privacy glass, Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings, Rear wiper

Brakes

ABS with Brake Assist, Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking, Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist, Electronic parking brake, ESP curve dynamic assist, ESP with ASR

Chassis/Suspension

Lowered comfort suspension

Communication

Dual bluetooth interfaces, Hey Mercedes Voice activation, Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link

Driver Aids

Ultrasonic sensors positioned in the front and rear bumpers, 180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines, Active parking assist with visual and audible warning of detected obstacles, Attention assist, Cruise control + speed limiter, Direct steering, DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual), Lane keeping system, Mercedes me remote services, Speed sensitive power steering

Driver Convenience

Car wash mode, ECO start/stop function

Driver Information

10.25" media display, 7" colour screen in instrument panel, Brake pad wear indicator warning light, Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid, Hard-disk navigation, Lamp failure indicator, MBUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation, Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance, Outside temperature gauge, Owners manual in English, Pre-installation for car sharing, Service indicator (ASSYST), Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto, Speed limit assist, Trip computer

Driving Mirrors

Body coloured door mirrors, Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators

Embellishment Trims

Dark carbon fibre interior trim

Entertainment

2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console, 6 speakers, DAB Digital radio, Mercedes-Benz sound system - 100W

Exterior Body Features

Black weather strip, Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Body colour side skirt, Chrome beltline trim, Diamond radiator grille with black pins with one louvre in silver + chrome insert, Exhaust system - Twin visible tailpipes in polished stainless steel, Radio aerial, Rear side wing doors, Window line trim strip in chrome

Exterior Lights

Adaptive brake lights, Automatic headlights, Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation, LED High level third brake light, LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, LED tail lamp, Rear fog lights

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Black air vents with surround in silver chrome, Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control

Interior Features

3 Spoke leather multi function steering wheel, Artico man-made leather upholstery, Black roof lining, Controller on centre console with chrome surround, Front centre armrest with storage compartment, Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering, Front seat backs luggage nets, Gearshift paddles on steering wheel, Height/reach adjustable steering column, Interior mirror with reading lamps in black and frameless, Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover, Touchpad on center console, Twin front cupholders

Packs

Light and sight pack - A Class, Mirror package - A Class, Seat comfort pack - A Class

Safety

3 rear 3 point seatbelts, Active bonnet, Black seatbelts, Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows, Crash responsive emergency lighting, Driver and passenger head and side airbags, Drivers knee airbag, Dual stage driver/passenger airbags, Front and rear seatbelt reminder, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit, Window airbags

Seats

3 seat bench in 2nd row, 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor, Front comfort seats with adjustable head restraints, Heated front seats, ISOFIX and top tether child seat fixing points in two outer rear seats, Manual height adjustable front seats, Rear head restraints, Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat, Single front passenger seat

Security

Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser, Keyless Go, Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function, Urban guard vehicle protection system with immobiliser and interior protection

Transmission

Rear axle torsion beam

Vanity Mirrors

Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

Wheels

Summer tyres

Wheels - Alloy

18" Multi spoke light alloy wheels painted in himalayas grey with high sheen finish

Wheels - Spare

Tirefit sealant kit

General

Badge Engine CC: 1.3
Badge Power: 163
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: N
Coin Series: Sport Executive
Generation Mark: 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 91
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 92
NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
Service Interval Mileage: 15500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.112
CO2 (g/km): 120
HC: 0.024
HC+NOx: N
Noise Level dB(A): 67
NOx: 0.025
Particles: 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 137

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1332
Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.4
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears: 7 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 53.3
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 62.8
EC Urban (mpg): 43.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 47.9
WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Low: 32.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 48.7

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 8
Engine Power - BHP: 163
Engine Power - KW: 120
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5
Engine Torque - NM: 250
Engine Torque - RPM: 1620
Top Speed: 140

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: MULTI SPOKE
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1440
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4419
Wheelbase: 2729
Width: 1796
Width (including mirrors): 1992

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1885
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1195
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 355
Max. Loading Weight: 510
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 685
Minimum Kerbweight: 1375
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

A FOR ADVANCED (new2) 20/07/2018

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class raises its game in fourth generation form, as Jonathan Crouch discovers at the wheel of the popular A 200 variant.

Ten Second Review

The fourth generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class offers an even stronger proposition to buyers in the premium compact hatch segment. If you define luxury in terms of technology, you're going to like it a lot. The engines are all new this time round and one of them is the 1.3-litre petrol unit we decided to test in the A200 variant featured here.

Background

This fourth generation A-Class model, according to its maker, 'completely refines modern luxury in the compact class' - quite a claim. The brand thinks that this 'modern luxury' is now partly defined by technology, so that gets a key focus thanks to the introduction of a completely new 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') infotainment set-up, built into sophisticated cabin design that instantly makes rivals look dated. There's an all-new range of efficient petrol and diesel engines too, all of it sat on a fresh 'MFA2' platform that will underpin a whole future generation of compact Mercedes models. This makes possible the 30mm wheelbase increase needed to release extra cabin and luggage space. Plus there's autonomous driving tech, a new era of headlamp technology and another step forward to terms of safety provision. This then, is the compact hatch that Audi and BMW feared Mercedes might build. But both will be developing products to beat it. What kind of benchmark will this A-Class set for them to aspire to? Let's find out at the wheel of the popular 1.3-litre A200 petrol variant.

Driving Experience

This fourth generation A-Class builds on the sporty-handling legacy of its predecessor. We don't think the 'Direct-Steer' steering system's quite as feelsome as it was before, but it still enables you to place the car where you'd want through the curves and really enjoy this Mercedes if you're a keen driver. Body roll's kept well in check and you're favoured with prodigious grip that's impressively untroubled by mid-corner bumps. Thanks partly to this model's slightly longer, slightly more sophisticated MFA2 platform, ride quality is a match for the premium segment competition - but could be better. And would have been had Mercedes not decided to equip all mainstream variants with low-cost torsion beam rear suspension rather than a more sophisticated multi-link rear set-up. As for engines, well the popular versions get engines developed by Mercedes in conjunction with its European Alliance partner Renault. As before, there's a 116hp 1.5-litre diesel for the popular A 180d derivative - or a couple of 1.3-litre petrol units: either the 136hp engine fitted to the base A 180. Or the variant we've decided to try, the 163hp A 200, which features cylinder deactivation technology. That's with a manual gearbox, but it's the 7G-DCT automatic that most buyers will probably choose. This self shifter improves the 0-62mph sprint time slightly to 8.0s.

Design and Build

There's a choice of either hatch or Saloon body styles. In profile, this model is visually extended by its longer wheelbase and a sharp character line that runs from nose to tail below the glass house. The wing mirrors are now mounted mid-way along it, rather than being integrated into the windscreen pillar, and the bonnet slopes down more heavily than it did with the previous car, emphasising what Mercedes hopes is a more dynamic, upright front end. The real story here though, is what lies within. Sure enough, it'll be like nothing you've ever previously sat in when it comes to a car of this class, the key change being the lack of the kind of cowled instrument binnacle that almost every other car on the market has to have. Instead, two elongated square colour TFT screens are provided, one for the centre-dash infotainment system, the other for the dials you view through the sophisticated three-spoke multi-function steering wheel. These monitors are both 7-inches in size as standard, but can be upgraded - as here - to 10.25-inches in size if you pay extra. The central one is your main interface for the brand's new 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia system, which includes hard disc sat nav and the brand's latest - but sometimes rather frustrating - 'Hey Mercedes' voice control system. In the back, a six-footer might still struggle a little to sit behind another adult of similar height but overall, there's significantly more room for knees and legs than there was before. And the boot? Well at 370-litres in size, it's 29-litres bigger than the trunk of the previous model.

Market and Model

As before, most A-Class variants will be sold in the £25,000 to £35,000 bracket. There's a choice of five-door hatch or Saloon body styles and three basic levels of trim - 'SE', 'Sport' and 'AMG Line', with an emphasis on the latter two spec levels further up the range. The base A 180 1.3-litre 136hp petrol model is your cheapest way into A-Class motoring, but if you can afford to stretch up to and beyond the £25,000 price point, then your options widen. This kind of money gets you either the more sophisticated engine of the A 200 1.3-litre 163hp petrol version we tried, priced from around £27,000. Or what's usually been the best seller in the A-Class line-up, the A 180d 1.5-litre 116hp diesel variant. As before, a very large proportion of models will be sold with automatic transmission, an improved '7G-DCT' 7-speed unit. Where an auto gearbox is optional - as it is for example, on the volume A180 and A200 petrol models - it's a £1,600 option; we had it on our A 200 test car. As standard, all variants get 7-inch instrument binnacle and centre dash infotainment screens. You'll have to pay extra for an 'Executive' or a 'Premium' pack if you want the larger 10.25-inch screens we tried. Other standard kit includes 16-inch alloy wheels and the upholstery is trimmed in a combination of fabric and 'ARTICO' man-made leather. Navigation's standard too, as is a DAB radio, air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter, a reversing camera and a multi-function leather-stitched steering wheel.

Cost of Ownership

So to the WLTP figures. The A 200 in manual or auto form manages up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 135g/km of CO2 - or up to 47.1mpg and 136g/km in auto form. The warranty may be an industry standard 3 years but is for unlimited miles, handy to know if you spend a lot of time on the road. As usual with one of the Stuttgart brand's models, there's an ASSYST PLUS dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. For reference, servicing is usually required every 15,500 miles or every year, whichever comes first. Fixed price servicing is available across the range and most buyers opt for the Mercedes ServiceCare plan that could cost you as little as about £28 a month based either on a two-service/two year deal, three years with three services or four years with four services. Whatever package you opt for, it'll cover the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash. It's also worth mentioning that the optional 'Mercedes me' connect services package includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling you're a-Class to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.

Summary

With the A-Class, Mercedes sets out to distil all that's exciting, fresh and modern about its brand into one dynamically compact premium package - and the sales figures seem to suggest that it's succeeded. We think this A200 petrol variant will be a popular choice in the range. And in summary? Well you're probably aware that most German models require you to spend plenty if you're going to experience all they have to offer: that's even more the case with this one. Without the fancy larger interior screens, this A-Class lacks a bit of its showroom uniqueness, a selling point that's vital for this car to have in the face of renewed competition from BMW, Audi and Volvo in this segment. Even so, those who can afford the asking prices will find this hatch sporty, self-assured and possessed of a feel-good factor that really does make you feel special if you've specced your chosen variant correctly. Which is exactly what owning a car of this kind should be all about.

MERCEDES BRINGS ITS 'A' GAME (new2) 23/02/2018

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class now offers a stronger proposition to buyers in the premium compact segment. Jonathan Crouch drives the fourth generation version.

Ten Second Review

Mercedes-Benz is a company often portrayed as being deeply conservative, though in fact, no other manufacturer has such a record of innovation. Today, the brand is bolder, more forward-thinking and younger in feel, attributes very much in evidence in this fourth generation version of its smallest A-Class model. This car's now pitched even more directly against sporty premium compact family hatches like Audi's A3 and BMW's 1 Series thanks to key new driving features, plus sharper looks, extra media connectivity and greater efficiency. There's the option of a saloon body style too.

Background

Want a case study in how to change brand perception? You're looking at it right here with this fourth generation Mercedes A-Class. This car aims to make this famous marque one that more younger buyers could consider. As before, we're told to regard this A-Class as what the market calls a 'compact premium family hatchback' - in other words, a Focus or Astra-sized car with superior quality and a bit of extra badge equity. It's the kind of very profitable product that all the mainstream makers wish they could sell but which is primarily defined by this car and its two closest competitors, the Audi A3 and BMW's 1 Series. The frumpy first and second generation A-Class contenders didn't really threaten these two rivals in any meaningful way, but this car's MK3 model predecessor really did. With its successor, Mercedes has sharpened up the looks, improved interior space and dialled in a great deal more safety and media connectivity.

Driving Experience

On to engines. In the petrol range, the entry-level A 180 variant is likely to be popular, featuring a 1.4-litre 136hp unit available with either 6-speed manual or 7G-DCT dual-clutch auto transmission. This same engine's offered in the A 200 with 163hp, which manages rest to 62mph (in the manual model) in 8.2s. Next up is the A 250, which uses a 2.0-litre petrol powerplant in a 224hp state of tune, manages rest to 62mph in 6.2s and is only offered with a 7G-DCT auto 'box. Mercedes also offers an A 250e petrol plug-in hybrid variant, which uses a 1.33-litre petrol engine mated to a 75kW electric motor linked to a 15.6kWh battery and offers 44 miles of WLTP-rated electrified driving range. There are three diesel alternatives, all offered only as automatics. The first is the A 180d, which puts out 116hp and uses the 7G-DCT auto gearbox. Next up is the A 200d which has a 2.0-litre 150hp engine. Beyond that lies the top A 220d, which tunes the same unit up to 190hp. The A 200d and A 220 use an 8G-DCT auto. At the top of the range are the two Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre petrol turbo hot hatch variants. There's the A 35 4MATIC which offers a potent 306hp. And the A 45 S 4MATIC+, which has 421hp. What else do you need to know? Well the suspension is the usual torsion beam rear set-up on most models, but if you go for a variant with 4MATIC AWD, you'll get a more sophisticated multi-link rear set-up. The 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system is standard, as usual enabling you to tweak steering feel and throttle response. At extra cost, adjustable damping can be added into it. Some of the autonomous driving capability from larger Mercedes models has been built into this one, meaning that, in certain situations, you're a-Class, if appropriately equipped, will effectively be able to drive itself on dual carriageways at cruising speeds.

Design and Build

There's a choice of five-door hatch or saloon body shapes. Either way, from the outside, this fourth generation A-Class delivers a more progressive design with a low bonnet and flat, more angular LED headlamps. The car is visually extended by its now longer wheelbase and a smart character line along the side. The bonnet slopes down more heavily than in the preceding model series, emphasising the more dynamic, upright front. Larger wheel arches housing bigger rims (ranging from 16 to 19 inches) help too, making this A-Class sit more squarely on the road. This MK4 design has a wider look at the rear end thanks to a more heavily waisted greenhouse and at the rear, there are slim, two-section tail lights. It's the interior that sees the really big changes though. The usual instrument binnacle cowl has been completely dispensed with, so the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard can extend from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. A virtual instrument screen (of either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) replaces the usual dials and can be joined with a centre-dash infotainment display (again either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) to create one continuous monitor, much as you get in larger Mercedes models. That extra wheelbase means more interior space - and with the hatch, the 370-litre boot is 29-litres larger than before too.

Market and Model

Prices for mainstream models start at around £25,000, which gets you either the A180d diesel variant or the petrol A200. There are seven trim levels - 'SE', 'Sport', 'Sport Executive', 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Executive', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'. There's a choice of five-door hatch or four-door saloon models. The saloon requires a premium of around £600 over the hatch and misses out on base 'SE' trim. Every A-Class model comes well equipped. The entry-level 'SE' trim features twin seven-inch displays including a central touchscreen with MBUX multimedia system featuring 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation. Plus there's comfort suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, a DAB radio, Artico man-made leather and Bertrix fabric upholstery, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Speed Limit Assist, a Keyless-Go starting function and air conditioning. The 'Sport' trim line adds LED high performance headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, Artico and 'Fleron' fabric upholstery and automatic climate control. 'AMG Line' customers will benefit from 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, an AMG bodystyling kit, Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery and a three-spoke sports steering wheel. This fourth generation A-Class is much better connected than before. Navigation functions, for example, can now be based on traffic feedback from so-called 'Car-to-X communication' where information gets fed in from other similarly-equipped road users. As usual, there's a dowloadable 'Mercedes Me' app that connects you into your car and can tell you things like local fuel prices or the availability of parking spaces at your destination.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP figures. The economy champion of course, is the A 180d variant, which in base trim manual form exhales just 120g/km of CO2, while only drinking a gallon of fuel on the combined cycle every 61.4 miles. With respectable performance figures, it's a tempting package - albeit one that in its standard form, forgoes the big wheels and aggressive bodykits of more dynamic-looking versions. If you plan on adding the extra features, then economy will obviously take a hit. The A 200d manages up to 58.9mpg in manual form and 134g/km. And the A220d auto returns up to 57.7mpg and 129g/km. As for the petrol engines, well the A 180 and A 200 in manual form both manage up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 134g/km of CO2, figures that change to 47.1mpg and 135g/km if you go for auto transmission. The auto-only A 250 2.0-litre petrol variant manages 41.5mpg and 155g/km. The A 250e plug-in hybrid manages 256.8mpg and 25g/km of CO2. The warranty may be an industry standard 3 years but is for unlimited miles, handy to know if you spend a lot of time on the road. Just remember that a mid-range diesel is the sensible option for high resale figures. With that in mind, something like a mid-spec A180d model might well represent the sweet spot of the range. On the other hand, an 4MATIC petrol variant with every option thrown at it will lose a lot more of its value over the years.

Summary

Mercedes turned things around with its third generation A-Class, recreating it into the kind of car a younger, sportier buyer could consider. This sleeker, more sophisticated, bigger and better connected fourth generation model version continues that theme and lays down quite a challenge to its Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series rivals. And in summary? Well those who can afford the asking prices and like the driving experience will find this contender sporty, self-assured and possessed of a feel-good factor that really does make you feel special if you've specced your chosen variant correctly. Which is exactly what owning a car of this kind should be all about.

A CLASS ACT (family) 16/11/2018

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has traditionally sold to a high proportion of female motorists. But will this improved third generation version have as strong an appeal to the fairer sex? June Neary decides

Will It Suit Me?

Early generation versions of the Mercedes A-class offered the small 'Benz model that admirers of the brand had been waiting for. Prior to the arrival of this car, you had to stretch up to a C or an E-Class you get yourself ownership of something with the coveted Three-Pointed-Star upon the bonnet. First and second generation A-Class models proved to be a quiet success, especially with female buyers and small families, progress built upon by the third generation A-Class that launched in 2012. Now we've a fourth generation model, a car I tried recently and one that gets a smarter look and greater efficiency.

Practicalities

Does this dinky Mercedes still suit the female motorist? Certainly, I liked the looks at first glance. Someone has thought long and hard about this car. The first time you climb into one, you'll be astonished at the way that the A-Class manages to pack so much into such a small exterior length. Its dimensions are similar to a regular Focus-sized family hatch and there's almost as much front and rear passenger space in this five-door-only design as you'll find in Mercedes' C-class saloon, plus a decent 370-litre luggage bay. One of the things I really noticed about this fourth generation model was the vastly upgraded interior. The usual instrument binnacle cowl has been completely dispensed with, so the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard can extend from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. A virtual instrument screen (of either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) replaces the usual dials and can be joined with a centre-dash infotainment display (again either 7-inches or 10.25-inches in size) to create one continuous monitor, much as you get in larger Mercedes models. As our Road Test Editor recently said, about the best compliment you can pay this car is that it now actually feels much more like a Mercedes.

Behind the Wheel

Ride quality was always an issue in MK3 model A-Class derivatives. Here, it's much better and at extra cost, adjustable damping can be added in. The brand's 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system is standard, as usual enabling you to tweak steering feel and throttle response. Some of the autonomous driving capability from larger Mercedes models has been built into this one, meaning that, in certain situations, you're a-Class, if appropriately equipped, will effectively be able to drive itself on dual carriageways at cruising speeds. On to engines. The entry-level A200 variant is likely to be most popular featuring a new 1.4-litre 163hp unit available with either 6-speed manual or 7G-DCT dual-clutch auto transmission. Rest to 62mph in the manual model takes 8.2s. Next up is the A220 with a 190hp 2.0-litre engine and is the only derivative to offer a 4MATIC 4WD option. That variant sits just below the A250, which uses that 2.0-litre petrol powerplant in a 224hp state of tune. Rest to 62mph here takes 6.2s. Both the A220 and the A250 are only offered with a 7G-DCT auto 'box. At the top of the range is the 2.0-litre hot hatch Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC which offers a potent 306hp. There are three diesel alternatives, all offered only as automatics. The first is the A180d, which puts out 116hp and uses the 7G-DCT auto gearbox. Next up is the A200d which has a 2.0-litre 150hp engine. Beyond that lies the top A220d, which tunes the same unit up to 190hp. The A200d and A220 use an 8G-DCT auto.

Value For Money

The A-class isn't cheap - but which Mercedes is? Prices start from around £26,000, but you can easily spend over £30,000 on one of these cars. So yes, it's pricier than that mainstream family hatchback you were considering - but you should get much of the difference back in better residual values at trade-in time.

Could I Live With One?

Certainly - if I could afford the car to start with. The A-class is still a classier way to buy into a compact car. I rather like it.

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