MercedesBenz AClass A180 BlueEFFICIENCY SE 5d Auto Road Test | Parkers

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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

Road Test: Company car Merc A-Class A180 SE

Now that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a new life as a VW Golf-sized hatch, will be hoping for the car to become a common sight in company car There are five trim available, and here we’ve the A180 SE towards the lower end of the to see how it measures up.

07 January 2013

Now the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has begun a new as a VW Golf-sized hatch, Mercedes be hoping for the car to become a more sight in company car parks. are five trim levels and here we’ve driven the SE towards the lower end of the range to see how it up.

The A180 SE sits between the basic A180 and the slightly Sport trim that previously tested on the A200. the base model it gains seats, some chrome and a set of 16-inch alloy wheels than the standard A180’s plastic hubcaps. Compared the Sport trim it gets wheels, a slightly plainer and a shorter list of standard

Inside it’s a pleasant place to be. The SE’s trim as smart as that of A-Class further up the scale, but the cabin is laid out and feels solidly put The tall dashboard is covered in a ‘matrix’ finish, which is a more low-key than the carbonfibre plastered across the in the AMG Sport versions, and it shows off the eye-catching chrome air vents to effect.

A tablet-shaped 5.8-inch screen perched on top of the dashboard is and takes care of music, the phone system (which as standard) and the Becker Map Pilot system, which is a £770 option. Height-adjustable sports are standard fit and feel nicely Our test car had heated front a £300 option.

There’s enough space for adults to sit comfortably in the back, and the passenger centre console a 12V socket. Although the A-Class’s roofline doesn’t encroach too on rear space, the high screen with broad does make the view a awkward when manoeuvring or blind spots.

Our test car was by the 1.6-litre petrol engine the seven-speed automatic transmission (a manual ’box is also Performance is respectable for a car of this with a 0-62mph time of 9.1 and a 126mph top speed.

The auto transmission sometimes a little slow to make its up on the way out of junctions and roundabouts, hesitating deciding upon a gear, but the shifts arrive they smooth and efficient.

On the road, the SE feels competent if a little to drive. Our test car was running on tyres and as the test was on a mild temperatures were a little than suitable for them didn’t show off the A-Class’s to best effect. As a result the car slightly wallowy and blunt-feeling on roads. SE models are fitted the compliant ‘Comfort’ suspension – higher-level trims are available a far firmer ‘Sports’ arrangement, does sharpen up the handling a but makes bumpy roads of an endurance test for the driver.

The automatic returns a 52mpg and has CO2 emissions of 127g/km, which is so slightly more efficient the manual version by 1g/km. For car drivers, that places the car in the 16% BIK Normal on-the-road price for the A180 SE Automatic tested is £21,575 (well over more than the manual which means a P11d of £21,545. As a 20% tax payer you would pay £65 a and as a 40% tax payer £129 a month.

Our car, which had several options including the navigation DAB radio and lane-keeping assist, was £26,290 on-the-road. For a lower value and more manageable costs it pays, as always, to the options list sparingly.

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

The SE company car drivers should go for, however, is the manual diesel version. This an average of 73mpg and an admirable CO2 figure of 98g/km, which the car for the 13% BIK band and has a P11d value of meaning £53 a month and £106 a for 20% and 40% tax payers respectively.

You can read Parkers’ full of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class here .

colour screen is standard across the range

Upholstery is a mix of and artificial leather in the SE


Now in its seventh generation, the Golf is a benchmark hatch. It’s to drive, and the 138bhp 1.4 TSI DSG is competitively against the Mercedes.

BMW’s drive hatch is one of the best in the market. The 116i SE with the automatic gearbox is faster and powerful than the A180 SE, not quite as efficient.

The A3 shares much of its underpinnings the VW Golf and is a popular company car The 1.4 TFSI S-tronic offers performance to the 1.6 A180 with emissions.

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