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Review: Mercedes A Class hatchback (2020)

13th August 2020 | Steve Lumley

The Mercedes A Class hatchback is undoubtedly a premium offering.


Excellent build

Great infotainment system

Impressive interior design


Lacks sporty performance


The Mercedes A Class hatchback is not just a great looking car, it’s interior delivers a futuristic and premium offering.

It's up against some stiff competition, for example the BMW 1 Series, and while it lacks sporty levels of performance when compared with some, it is still a nice and comfortable car to drive.

This is the third generation of the A Class and it is one of the most popular in the compact premium segment.

It helps that Mercedes created the A Class from the ground-up to incorporate sophisticated technology and some clever design ideas.

The car also has one of the best cabins of any car currently available and the latest version is larger than its predecessor.

Mercedes A Class offers drivers better emissions and economy

The Mercedes A Class offers drivers better emissions and economy thanks to the engine efficiencies and boosted aerodynamics.

There's no doubt too the A Class enjoys a solid build and the interior is made with high quality materials.

Indeed, the infotainment system is one of the best around and can be used with voice recognition.

The A Class has three trims: the SE, Sport and AMG Line and there's also the hot hatches in the shape of the A 35 and the A 45 S.

Standard kit includes two 7-inch infotainment screens, DAB radio and sat nav that offers real-time traffic information as well. However, smart phone compatibility is an optional extra.

Other models feature automatic climate control, LED headlights while the hot hatches get improved body styling, red seatbelts and AMG specific infotainment menus.

Safety equipment for the A Class

Standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, driver attention alert, lane keeping assist as well as cruise control and speed limit assistance. All models feature an electronic handbrake and there's an adaptive brake assist system for hill start and hill hold.

As mentioned, the A Class engines are not only efficient but they are also powerful. There are three diesel and six petrol options, with the 2.0-litre diesel unit offering either 148 bhp or 187 BHP to deliver performance and economy.

The petrol engines return around 48mpg, while the diesels can deliver up to 61 mpg.

The engines have a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic box.

It's worth mentioning too that there is a plug-in hybrid available, the Mercedes A Class A 250e and it's a good performer. It’s also a potential business car leasing opportunity with a Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax rate of just 6%.

There is a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine that is mated with a 75kW electric motor and produces 215 bhp. The all-electric range is 42 miles and the economy should be 201 MPG. Emissions for the hybrid are just 33g/km.

Versions of the Mercedes A Class

The more powerful versions of the Mercedes A Class have an eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission to enjoy the speed and engine power.

Behind the wheel, the A Class has been designed to be a comfortable and rewarding driving experience. The steering delivers good feedback and on winding country roads at speed, there's little in the way of body roll.

The suspension deals with rough roads and on long motorway journeys, the cabin is a comfortable and quiet place to spend time.

The A Class is a nice vehicle to drive around town and it’s a practical offering and though it doesn't deliver the sporty dynamic of some rivals, the technology and interior make it a very attractive prospect.

The Mercedes A Class delivers the best premium hatchback available and when mated to either the diesel engine range or the hybrid, it's hard-to-beat offering.


Lease the Mercedes A Class

If you would like to lease the Mercedes A Class, then check out the Tilsun Leasing special offers for cheap car lease deals or the A Class model range for more personal contract options. The Mercedes website has more information on the A Class.

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