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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback review.

Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (05-12) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Decent interior space, most affordable Mercedes, easy to drive in town, good diesel economy

CONS

Artificially light steering, noisy at speed, harsh ride, some weak petrol engines

At a glance

New price £14,065 - £23,185
Used price £355 - £4,540
Fuel economy 34 - 64 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £300
Insurance group 9 - 30 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Decent interior space, most affordable Mercedes, easy to drive in town, good diesel economy

CONS

Artificially light steering, noisy at speed, harsh ride, some weak petrol engines

Mercedes-Benz A-Class rivals

Volvo
C30
3.5 out of 5 3.5

The A-Class is the smallest - and most affordable - model in the Mercedes line-up. As a small family car, it's an alternative to models like the Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series, but it's unusual upright styling makes it look more like a people carrier. It stands out, however that odd shape means it's not the most practical of cars - and rear space is limited, especially on three-door models.

The five-door version is a better choice if you have kids. Build quality is good, as you'd expect from Mercedes - but the handling and comfort levels are a let down. Ultimately, while it's a huge improvement over the old A-Class, there are better and more affordable hatchbacks around. In mid 2008 it was facelifted with new headlights and bumpers plus an upgraded interior and more efficient engines.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class rivals

Volvo
C30
3.5 out of 5 3.5