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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
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Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0

Even though it's the entry-level Mercedes, the A-Class is still quite expensive to begin with and adding necessary options pushes prices up further. Mercedes servicing costs are high, but residual values should hold fairly well and fuel economy is good - especially on the diesel models.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 109p £1,032 - £1,457 *
Diesel 107p £760 - £993 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period According to on board computer.
Warranty Three years/unlimited miles.
Road tax (12 months) £30 - £270
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Insurance group 9 - 30
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Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

4 out of 5 4.0

The A-Class performs very well on the eco front - and the introduction of BlueEFFICIENCY has improved things further. It's not as green as a BMW, but the majority of engines provide decent economy. The best model is the A160 BlueEFFICIENCY which emits 116g/km of CO2 (meaning it's cheap to tax) and averages 64mpg. With an average of 152 g/km CO2 across the line-up, its emissions are relatively low for a small family hatchback.

However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs. The range is impressively frugal, averaging 46 mpg.

Highest and lowest CO2 bands

Engine CO2 emissions VED band Road tax (12 months)
160 CDI Diesel 116 g/km (Min) C £30
200 Turbo Petrol 197 g/km (Max) J £270

Reliability

3 out of 5 3.0

The previous A-Class was quite problematic, but this one has proved much better with no significant problems reported.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox A recall in 2008 (although only affecting a few cars) where the engine emergency shut-off may not work correctly.
Other A recall in 2005 where a wiper arm may break and another in 2008 where a seat belt buckle could detach.

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