Mercedes-Benz A-Class (13 on) - Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
The big news is that this version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is no longer an MPV-like, high-roofed small hatchback like the previous version. This model is sleeker and longer with a look that could turn the heads of traditional VW Golf buyers.

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

The A180 CDI manual is the most efficient diesel in the line-up returning a claimed 74.3mpg, but clearly you will have to pay a premium at the showroom. Still if you want a petrol, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class running costs are a priority, go for the A180 BlueEfficiency that returns a claimed average of 52.3mpg. Any A-Class shouldn’t be too expensive to insure, but Mercedes servicing will be pricey and you’ll be hit quite hard in terms of labour costs and parts. There’s no shame in taking your car to an independent Mercedes specialist and it won’t put off potential buyers. Don’t get the car serviced at a non-Merc specialist or another dealer from a different make because second-hand buyers will want that Mercedes service history.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£926 - £1,212 *


£688 - £879 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 112p and diesel 118p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Fixed for two years or 15,000 miles


Three years/unlimited mileage

Road tax (12 months)

£0.00 - £180.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

4 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

Mercedes-Benz A-Class emissions are particularly low on the A180 CDI manual. With a CO2 reading of 98g/km it is the first Mercedes production car to dip under the 100g/km mark. The cleanest petrol engine is the A180 that emits 127g/km of CO2.

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