Car review MercedesBenz AClass verdict BBC Top Gear

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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

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Mercedes this new A-Class is vital to its fortunes. Good job it’s so then.

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

It’s a good looking with a lot going on: rising lines, bonnet creases, LED you certainly couldn’t call it It’s especially head-turning optional big wheels, black bits, pointy ‘Sport’ and huge sunroof. The lure of the list is compelling.

Beneath it is a front-drive chassis, a new engine and, says Mercedes, of extras you normally only fi nd on a and E-Class. You can turn your into a futuristic high-tech if you have the cash.


It’s very to drive, and we mean that in a way. The A-Class feels solid and expensive not bulky, superbly built and cosseting. isolated from the outside to an astonishing degree. Road and noise are near non-existent, the hushing along like a far pricier machine. Bumps are expertly, miles are devoured relish: as we say, just a Merc. If you’re after a snappy rival to the BMW 1-Series, look elsewhere: it’s fun to but in its own way. With multi-link suspension and quick, accurate the A-Class is a nicely balanced to chuck about, but the front run out of grip quickly and the whole is a bit remote.

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

It is very, very quiet So far, we’ve mainly the mid-range A 200 CDI, a 1.8-litre and kept bashing it into the rev Not because the four-cylinder diesel is low-revving, but because it’s so insulated that you’ve no it’s reaching its redline.

On the inside

It’ll be no surprise to it’s not as practical as the old A-class. why it doesn’t look like a commercial vehicle, but the rear is (just about) acceptable for anyway. It also has a bigger than a 1-Series.

The dash is blending sporty SLS cues the elegance of bigger Mercs. surfaces, lots of soft-touch and soft leather all help.


A perfectly passable A-Class costs less £19,000 but the ones you really are around £21,000-plus. There are trims, with SE and Sport most sales but Engineered by AMG most interest. You’ll want the optional iPhone kit. Economy is high and are low: the base 74.3mpg is the first Merc to drop 100g/km.

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

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