Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

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. You get a slick interior complete with sophisticated large-screen infotainment system – provided you specify several expensive options – a raft of standard safety equipment and a 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, though it now provides stiff competition for the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. The A-Class can get very pricey if you start adding options, so be careful when speccing one new. Monthly payments will go through the roof if you pay through Mercedes’ PCP finance scheme and get carried away ticking those boxes.

The best all-rounders are the higher-powered petrol and diesel versions, but you pay for the privilege – especially if you chose an AMG Line, Premium or Executive model. We've yet to try the A 250 e plug-in hybrid model, so that may change. 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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