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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

7/10
Overall verdict

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

£20,500£43,215

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Mercedes A-Class review: the new A-Class doesn't pander to the traditional road-test criteria. We like it for that. It goes its own way.

The A-Class, especially with the enormo-screen option, is a feelgood car. It’s solid, quiet if you don’t nail it, smooth-riding, well-made, safe. There’s more affirmation in the fact that if you buy a Mercedes-Benz, no-one will question you.

But pick away at it and the argument has holes. The small petrol engine might be all-new but it’s unrefined and not even very economical. The A180d is a bit of a slug. The cornering is none too engaging. Back-seat room is nothing special. In these fundamentals, it hasn’t moved the class on.

Still, it doesn’t pander to the traditional road-test criteria. We like it for that. It goes its own way. It puts comfort before sportiness and has some real wow factor with the connectivity. If you look at the way most people drive, that’s probably just what will make them happy.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

Mercedes-Benz

A180d AMG Line 5dr Auto

£26,885
N/A
74mpg
11.30s
109bhp
101g/km
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