New Mercedes A-Class (2018-present)

The latest Mercedes A-Class sets itself apart from others with technology and quality

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Stylish looks
Plenty of tech
One of the best interiors in class

Weaknesses 

Firm ride
Expensive
Not the roomiest inside
Best finance deal

Mercedes-Benz A Class Diesel Hatchback (2015-2018) a180d sport premium 5dr

Finance price £210 per month

Cash price £15,262

2018 Mercedes A-Class prices from £14,962   Finance from £210 per month

The Mercedes A-Class is firmly aimed at people who don’t mind paying a bit more for an upmarket badge stuck on the front of their family hatchback. It's the German brand's smallest and cheapest car on the market, but it still features much of the technology you see on the more expensive models such as the C-Class or S-Class.

While you might not consider £23,000 to be particularly cheap for a hatchback of this size, the A-Class goes into direct competition with the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3, of which the Mercedes is the more affordable option.

Inside is where the A-Class really stands out from the competition. It looks expensive thanks to all that tech that's been handed down from larger Mercedes models, although the actual build quality is questionable.

High-specification models have a pair of 10.3-inch touchscreen media displays on the dashboard that are joined together to resemble a large widescreen. It's considerably more futuristic and impressive than the smaller displays used by competitors. While even the most basic entry-level models feature advanced software that brings extra functions, including voice control through the Mercedes MBUX system that can learn your daily habits and favourite radio stations.

There's also a seven-inch digital instrument display as standard behind the steering wheel, along with a touchpad for controlling all the on-board computers and organising your displays to show the information you prefer - speed, RPM or sat-nav for example.

In terms of safety, Mercedes offers extra features such as Active Lane Change Assist to help you maintain your direction on a motorway for example, or change lane for you as and when you indicate to do so - this comes at an additional cost.

The inclusion of other more standard technology has helped the A-Class achieve a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, scoring over 90% for adult occupancy, child occupancy, and for protection for vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians.

There's also a saloon version of the A-Class on sale, this proves much the same as the hatchback, other than a change to the shape of the boot, which also makes the car 130mm longer.

Last Updated 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 12:15

Key facts 

Warranty : 
3-years / Unlimited miles
Boot size: 
360/1,210 litres
Width: 
1,796mm
Length: 
4,531mm
Height: 
1,440mm
Tax (min to max): 
£165-205 in the first year, £140 thereafter


Best Mercedes-Benz A Class for... 

Mercedes A180d
The smallest diesel engine is, according to official figures, the most economical, claiming 68.9mpg on a combined cycle.
Mercedes A200
The A200 is a good middle ground for families, especially those who don't cover lots of motorway miles.
Mercedes AMG A35
The hot-hatch version of the A-Class makes just over 300hp and can do the 0-62mph dash in 4.7s. But if you think that's impressive, keep an eye out for the 400hp AMG A45 version, due in late 2019.

 

  • March 2018 A-Class makes first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show
  • March 2018 Dealers start taking orders  
  • May 2018 first models arrive in the UK
  • September 2018 A-Class Saloon goes on sale
  • November 2018 A 200 d Sport and A 220 d AMG Line go on sale
  • Early 2019 First deliveries of saloon
  • Early 2019 AMG A35 versions go on sale in UK
  • Late 2019 Mercedes-Benz extends the A-Class range, offering more trim and engine choices across both its hatch and saloon models

Understanding Mercedes-Benz A Class car names 

  • A Class
  • Trim
    AMG Line
  • Engine
    A200
  • Gearbox
    Automatic
  • Trim
    Mercedes offers three trim basic levels – SE, Sport and AMG Line. SE is the cheapest, Sport is the mid-range, and AMG Line is the most expensive. For late 2019, the marque has also added Sport Executive, AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus, which bundles further equipment on to the package.
  • Engine
    There are four engines currently available, two petrols and two diesel units. The A180 and A200 petrols are 1.3-litre, and the A250 is a 2.0-litre. The A180d is a 1.5-litre diesel and the A200d and A220d are both 2.0-litre. Mercedes-AMG offers a potent version of its 2.0-litre petrol in the A35 AMG model.
  • Gearbox
    There are now three gearbox options - choose between either a seven or eight-speed automatic, the other is a six-speed manual.

Mercedes-Benz A Class Engines 

Petrol: A180, A200, A250, A35 AMG Diesel: A180d, A200d, A220d

The A-Class is really only available with four engines, although both diesel and petrol is offered in various states of tune.

The entry level petrol engine is badged A180 and is a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which makes 136 hp.

The A200 is essentially the same engine, except that it produces 163 hp. Neither feel quick. They are also pretty loud when being thrashed, however, fuel consumption for both is good. Officially, the A180 will do 51.4mpg, and the A200 will achieve 53.3mpg - both pretty strong for petrol engines. Both can shut off two (out of four) cylinders when they’re not needed to cull energy consumption.

Mercedes has dropped the A220 petrol engine, leaving a range-topping A250, which uses the same 2.0-litre engine, but it makes a strong 224hp. It will get from 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds, which is pretty quick for a small car. This is just as fast as some hot hatches like the Ford Fiesta ST. But it’s less economical than the other petrols on offer, with an official figure of 47mpg.

If you fancy something properly hot, there’s the A35 AMG. This has a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine making 306hp and it will despatch 0-62mph in 4.7seconds, as well as hit an electronically limited 155mph. This is fast, if not faster than other hot-hatches, but, expect there to be an even hotter A45 AMG model along in the future.

The A180d is the cheapest diesel of the three on offer. The 1.5-litre engine is the most economical of the lot too (70.6mpg). On paper this is the slowest engine, and in real life, it is also by far the slowest. It's great for motorways with the cruise control dialled in to 70mph, but not so brilliant at overtaking on B roads.

The latest additions to the A-Class engine range are the A200d and A220d. Both are a 2.0-litre diesels, but the A200d offers up 148hp and a 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds, while the A220d makes 187hp and dispatches 62mph in 7 seconds. Fuel consumption is impressive, with 70.6mpg and 67.3mpg respectively touted in the official book.

Model

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

A180

petrol

53.3mpg

136hp

9.2s

134mph

A220

petrol

53.3mpg

163hp

8.0s

140mph

A250

petrol

47.9mpg

224hp

6.2s

155mph

AMG A35

petrol

38.7mpg

306hp

4.7s

155mph

A180d

diesel

74.3mpg

116hp

10.5s

125mph

A200d

diesel

70.6mph

148hp

8.1s

137mph

A220d

diesel

67.3mpg

187hp

7.0s

146mph

Mercedes-Benz A Class Trims 

SE, Sport, Sport Executive, AMG Line, AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium, AMG Line Premium Plus

When the A-Class launched, there were just three trim levels for owners to pick from, but Mercedes-Benz has attempted to reduce customer reliance on the extensive option and package bundle lists with a few additional levels.

Mercedes is still concentrating on technology with the A-Class, so even the base specification SE gets a touchscreen display including a ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice recognition system, plus, twin seven-inch displays. On the outside there are 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB Radio, Artico artificial leather seats, Active Lane Keeping, Speed Limit Assist, Keyless Go, air conditioning, and sat-nav with real time traffic, and climate control. Active brake assist is also standard. Note that the saloon is not available in SE spec.

Upgrading to Sport adds LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and automatic climate control, while AMG Line models get 18-inch alloy wheels, an AMG-branded bodykit, and a three-spoke AMG steering wheel. Stepping up to AMG levels also adds larger 10.3-inch touch screen displays.

Where previous packages were added to throw in extra equipment, Mercedes has now bundled these in to Sport Executive, AMG Line, AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium, AMG Line Premium Plus.

This sees options, such as Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, which searches for a suitable parking space and then helps you to park in it, added to AMG Line Executive models. AMG Line Premium goes one step further and throws in keyless entry, wireless charging for smartphones and the augmented navigation, for example.

Finally, AMG Line Premium Plus sees the clever multi-beam LED headlamps added, as well as a panoramic glass sunroof, traffic sign assist and a memory programme for the electrically-adjustable front seats.

Mercedes-Benz A Class Reliability and warranty 

The A-Class is a new car and was launched too late to be considered for the 2018 Auto Express Driver Power survey.

However, the previous A-Class came 56th in the Auto Express Driver Power Survey, and the Mercedes C-Class tends to fare well in these surveys too.

In terms of warranty, the A-Class is covered for three years, with an unlimited mileage.

Used Mercedes-Benz A Class 

These latest models are already beginning to surface on the used market - but don’t expect any significant savings.

Any reductions tend to be in the hundreds of pounds rather than thousands - however - with these nearly new models, you are looking at cars that are in stock and ready to be driven home. With a new car, you’ll inevitably be put on a waiting list.

There are, however, significant savings to be made on previous generation models, as dealers look to empty reserves in anticipation for the new models coming in.

You can read more about the previous-generation Mercedes A-Class here

Mercedes A-Class: used car prices

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Best for economy Mercedes A180d

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Best for families Mercedes A200

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Best for performance Mercedes AMG A35

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Mercedes-Benz A Class Prices

Mercedes-Benz A Class AMG Line

a180 amg line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,315

You could save up to: £3440

a180 amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,787

You could save up to: £3568

a180 amg line executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,695

You could save up to: £3560

a180 amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,167

You could save up to: £3688

a180 amg line premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,075

You could save up to: £3680

a180 amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,547

You could save up to: £3808

a180 amg line premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,455

You could save up to: £3800

a180 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,927

You could save up to: £3928

a180d amg line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,557

You could save up to: £3548

a180d amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,029

You could save up to: £3676

a180d amg line executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,937

You could save up to: £3668

a180d amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,409

You could save up to: £3796

a180d amg line premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,317

You could save up to: £3788

a180d amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,789

You could save up to: £3916

a180d amg line premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £28,697

You could save up to: £3908

a180d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,169

You could save up to: £4036

a200 amg line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,741

You could save up to: £3564

a200 amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,213

You could save up to: £3692

a200 amg line executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,121

You could save up to: £3684

a200 amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,593

You could save up to: £3812

a200 amg line premium 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,501

You could save up to: £3804

a200 amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,973

You could save up to: £3932

a200 amg line premium plus 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £28,881

You could save up to: £3924

a200 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,353

You could save up to: £4052

a200d amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,550

You could save up to: £3780

a200d amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,930

You could save up to: £3900

a200d amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,310

You could save up to: £4020

a200d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,690

You could save up to: £4140

a220d amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,976

You could save up to: £3904

a220d amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,356

You could save up to: £4024

a220d amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,736

You could save up to: £4144

a220d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,116

You could save up to: £4264

a250 amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,918

You could save up to: £3812

a250 amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,298

You could save up to: £3932

a250 amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,678

You could save up to: £4052

a250 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,058

You could save up to: £4172

a250e amg line 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,525

You could save up to: £2455

a250e amg line executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,905

You could save up to: £2575

a250e amg line premium 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,285

You could save up to: £2695

a250e amg line premium plus 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/plugin elec hybrid
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,665

You could save up to: £2815

Mercedes-Benz A Class SE

a180 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,555

You could save up to: £3200

a180 se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 54.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,027

You could save up to: £3328

a180d se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,797

You could save up to: £3308

a180d se 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,269

You could save up to: £3436

Mercedes-Benz A Class Sport

a180 sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,935

You could save up to: £3320

a180 sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,407

You could save up to: £3448

a180 sport executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 50.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,315

You could save up to: £3440

a180 sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,787

You could save up to: £3568

a180d sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,177

You could save up to: £3428

a180d sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,649

You could save up to: £3556

a180d sport executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,557

You could save up to: £3548

a180d sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,029

You could save up to: £3676

a200 sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,361

You could save up to: £3444

a200 sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,833

You could save up to: £3572

a200 sport executive 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,741

You could save up to: £3564

a200 sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,213

You could save up to: £3692

a200d sport 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,845

You could save up to: £3660

a200d sport executive 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,225

You could save up to: £3780

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