Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

It's a great posh hatch, but overall the BMW 1 Series pips it. Despite that, we'd still recommend the A-Class on the basis of its sheer breadth of choice and all-round usability. The interior, with its sophisticated large-screen infotainment system, is a real show-stopper – provided you specify several expensive options – and there's a comprehensive raft of standard safety equipment as well as the genuinely useful voice control system.

While refinement levels have been improved and it drives better than before, the  A-Class is neither the most comfortable nor the sharpest driving car in the class. The A-Class can also get very pricey if you start adding options, so be careful when speccing one new.

The best all-rounders are the higher-powered petrol and diesel versions, but again, you pay for the privilege – especially if you chose an AMG Line, Premium or Executive model. That said, though the A 250 e plug-in hybrid model isn't cheap, either, it makes a lot of sense for some people, particularly company car drivers, and especially those with a largely urban commute.

But which ever A-Class you choose, it's way better than the previous model and a serious challenger to the new Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.

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Further reading

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