Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

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

Although the saloon as a bodystyle has been overshadowed by the hatchback and SUV for years now, there is still a slug of buyers who like a more conventional car with a separate boot. The A-Class saloon is aimed at these customers – and the good news is that it's a more interesting car than you might be forgiven for expecting.

Rather like the hatchback it's so closely related to, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class saloon is a mature and – if you buy one further up the range – tech-laden family car. It's stylish inside and out, and solidly assembled, even if it's not quite as hewn-from-solid than an Audi A3 saloon (or indeed an older Mercedes-Benz). But it's solid enough, which is good news given the expectations we had for this car.

And that really sums up the A-Class saloon – it's good enough without being brilliant. It's smooth, quiet, relaxed and ever so slightly unsporting. You'll appreciate its refinement on the motorway, and excellent economy when driven gently. All the engines we've tried so far are efficient and deliver great fuel consumption.

Would we recommend one? Yes, although that might change when the next-generation Audi A3 saloon goes on sale in 2020. As a compact executive saloon, the A-Class works very well indeed, though, balancing all the talents needed to satisfy anyone looking for a mature and accomplished premium saloon, and interior space isn't a priority. So, for now, it's the best compact executive saloon you can buy.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class saloon (2019), rear view