The brand new Mercedes-Benz A Class is another great hatchback to consider when looking for a new car. This new A Class has a new look with a sharper, more smoother design and a slopping roof to give it a more athletic and sportier look. Overall its not a bad looking car and is a great rival to the VW golf, Audi A3 and BMW 1 series. The interior is not too bad and things overall feel well made but some plastics on the cheaper model feel a bit cheap. There is a large 5.8-inch infotainment display screen and the sporty circular air vents.
The cabin is quite nice and moving up the range you get leather seats, the infotainment system is easy to use and modern you can even mirror you smartphone screen thanks to the earlier updates. You have a good range of adjustments for the seats and steering wheel and you get a reversing camera and air conditioning as standard.
You can choose between four petrol engines the A160, A180, A200 and A250. These manage fuel economy of between 42 and 54mpg. The A160 can do 0.60mph in 10.6 seconds with a manual gear box, with the A250 hitting 60mph in 6.3 seconds.
If you want a diesel engine, there are three choices: a 1.5-litre with 108bhp or a 2.1-litre with either 134 or 175bhp. They’re the A180d, A200d and A220d. The A180d can do 0.60mph in 11.3 seconds and manage an impressive 80.7mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 89g/km. The A200d can do 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds and return up to 68.9mpg.
It’s a decent hatchback overall but there are better to consider like the Audi A3, BMW 1 series and the Volkswagen Golf.
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