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The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz A-Class

£20,500£47,805
8/10
Overall verdict
Mercedes says this new A-Class is vital to its future fortunes. Phew, go the board: it's very good.
 

For: 

Mercedes has transformed the A-Class: now very much a class player

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Some might miss the old car's practicality

Overview

What is it?

Goodbye, high-rise oddity, hello lower, wider and more conventional five-door hatch alternative to Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series rivals. Mercedes has at last turned the A-Class into a real contender. Third time lucky, you could say.

It’s a good looking design, with a lot going on: rising swage lines, bonnet creases, LED clusters… you certainly couldn’t call it anonymous. It’s especially head-turning with optional big wheels, black glossy bits, pointy ‘Sport’ grille and huge sunroof. It’s just been facelifted, note, but it’s all pretty subtle stuff. 

Beneath it is a fresh front-drive chassis, a broad engine line-up and, says Mercedes, availability of extras you normally only find on a C-Class and E-Class. You can turn your A-Class into a futuristic high-tech utopia, if you have the cash.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
A45 4Matic 5dr Auto
4.2s 162g/km 40.9 381 £41,320
The cheapest
A160 SE 5dr
10.6s 124g/km 52.3 102 £20,500
The greenest
A180d SE 5dr
11.3s 89g/km 80.7 109 £22,995
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