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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (98-04) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Interior space, compact body, badge.

CONS

Firm ride, high price.

PROS

Interior space, compact body, badge.

CONS

Firm ride, high price.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class rivals

Audi
A2
4 out of 5 4.0

A-Class scores on several counts. It's an intelligent compromise between city car and people-carrier, it's undoubtedly practical, reliable and stylish and it's got the Stuttgart star on the grille. Pumped-up small hatches might not be to everyone's taste, but they're certainly the flavour of the moment. Daewoo's Matiz does a similar sort of job at half the price, but A-Class is the small family car of choice from Chelsea to Cornwall, combining prestige with practicality and reliability.

The stretch models from mid-2001 are roomier but still usefully compact.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class rivals

Audi
A2
4 out of 5 4.0