New Mercedes A-Class (2018-present)

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

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Technology
Stylish
One of the best interiors in class

Weaknesses 

Expensive
Firm ride
Not the roomiest inside
Best finance deal

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

Finance price £178 per month

Cash price £13,244

2018 Mercedes A-Class prices from £12,944   Finance from £178 per month

Mercedes’ A-Class is firmly aimed at people who don’t mind paying a bit more for an upmarket package. Last year, Mercedes-Benz out-sold its Germanic rivals, making it the UK’s largest mainstream high-end brand.

Propping up this fact is the diminutive A-Class: the cheapest way into a Mercedes ownership (barring a foray into the Smart range) and an alternative to the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3, as well as some compact versions of tall sport utility vehicles (SUVs), such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

Inside is where the A-Class really stands out from the competition, thanks to technology that's been handed down from larger Mercedes models, making it feel - in some ways - like a shrunken S-Class on the inside.

It's most noticeable in high-specification models, which have twin 10.3-inch touch screens (a first for Mercedes) on the dashboard that are joined together to resemble a large widescreen. It's considerably more futuristic and high-tech than the smaller displays used by its competitors. Advanced software brings extra functions too, including a voice control system which works in a similar way to Amazon’s Alexa.

But even basic models have digital dials (seven-inches as standard) and the same advanced software that ‘learns’ your behaviour. For instance, if you regularly tune into Radio 2 on your way home from work, it will eventually do it for you. The rotary dial that controlled the entertainment of the old A-Class has gone too - replaced with a touchpad with haptic feedback - small vibrations that replicate the feeling of a dial.

Once all the monitors are arranged as you’d like them (speed, RPM, sat-nav can all sit in front of you in whatever way you’d like), you soon get used to its various functions, as well as the touchpad.

An optional extra, but something worthy of the £495, is the extremely helpful augmented reality navigation display. If you’ve ever come off at the wrong exit because the nav isn’t clear (we’re looking at you Apple Maps), this should put an end to it. It overlays navigation instructions over realtime images from the car’s front camera. It’s easy to use and should save time if you frequently rely on sat-nav directions.

Other technological advances mean the new A-Class gets autonomous tech that will keep you in your lane, as well as change lanes for you, once you hit the indicator in the direction of the lane that you want to go in. This is called Active Lane Change Assist and is an optional extra.
The technology has helped the car achieve a five out of five for safety from Euro NCAP. It scored over 90% for adult occupancy, child occupancy, and for protection for vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians.

But the interior isn't just a mobile gadget emporium: the layout is neatly designed and feels well-made, with soft-touch materials. Part-Artico man-made leather seats are standard and feel similar to the real thing. In the back, there’s room for three, and enough head and leg room for six-footers. The boot has also been improved - it’s not as big as a Volkswagen Golf, but it’s much improved from the narrow boot of the old A-Class.

Up front there are four engines for now, with a plug in version (badged 250 e due out in 2020). The cheapest is a 1.3-litre turbo petrol (badged A 180) that feels cheaper than it is. The diesels are powerful but a bit gruff, and there's also a bigger, faster, and more expensive petrol engine too (badged A250). More about the engines can be read in the engine section below.

Basic models come a six-speed manual transmission or revised seven-speed DCT automatic, while more powerful engines are fitted with a new eight-speed version of the DCT to aid fuel economy. The autos are smooth and manual shifting paddles feel solid when you use them. In sport mode, it can hold on to gears a bit longer than you'd like. The manual, which is only available on the most basic A180 and A200 models, it slick, snappy and very easy to live with.

Cars with standard suspension ride comfortably in most situations, but certainly err on the sporty and firmer side. However they rarely allow bumps to disrupt the car’s direction. Wheel size makes a difference though - 18-inch optional AMG alloys look the part, but the smaller 17-inch wheel feels more comfortable. Cars specified with adaptive suspension are worthy of the additional cost. This options allows you to select which kind of setting you’d like. In comfort, the car glides along poor English roads better than the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3.

A saloon version is also available, with new prices starting from £27,155. It’s only available in the slightly more luxurious Sport trim but that extends all the way to AMG Line and Mercedes-AMG trims. The biggest difference is in design is in the length: the extended boot at the back gives it a longer, lower and sleeker profile. Rear headroom is best in class according to Mercedes, while the boot holds 420 litres - 60 litres up on the hatchback.

The A-Class then, is a small car with some high-end technology that's more than a match for its main rivals. But it is pricey. Even with prices lowered over recent years, basic cars still start at £25,060, but if you want the twin screens, that’s another £2,395.

Last Updated 

Monday, January 20, 2020 - 11:30

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

1 year old

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3 years old

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: £20,523

You could save up to: £6227

a180 amg line 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £21,915

You could save up to: £6435

a180 amg line executive 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,828

You could save up to: £6422

a180 amg line executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £23,220

You could save up to: £6630

a180 amg line premium 5dr

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

Starting at: £23,133

You could save up to: £6617

a180 amg line premium 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £24,525

You could save up to: £6825

a180 amg line premium plus 5dr

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

Starting at: £24,438

You could save up to: £6812

a180 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £25,830

You could save up to: £7020

a180d amg line 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,698

You could save up to: £6402

a180d amg line 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £23,090

You could save up to: £6610

a180d amg line executive 5dr

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

Starting at: £23,003

You could save up to: £6597

a180d amg line executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £24,395

You could save up to: £6805

a180d amg line premium 5dr

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

Starting at: £24,308

You could save up to: £6792

a180d amg line premium 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £25,700

You could save up to: £7000

a180d amg line premium plus 5dr

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

Starting at: £25,613

You could save up to: £6987

a180d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £27,005

You could save up to: £7195

a200 amg line 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,872

You could save up to: £6428

a200 amg line 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £23,264

You could save up to: £6636

a200 amg line executive 5dr

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

Starting at: £23,177

You could save up to: £6623

a200 amg line executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £24,569

You could save up to: £6831

a200 amg line premium 5dr

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

Starting at: £24,482

You could save up to: £6818

a200 amg line premium 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £25,874

You could save up to: £7026

a200 amg line premium plus 5dr

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

Starting at: £25,787

You could save up to: £7013

a200 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £27,179

You could save up to: £7221

a200d amg line 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £24,221

You could save up to: £6779

a200d amg line executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £25,526

You could save up to: £6974

a200d amg line premium 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £26,831

You could save up to: £7169

a200d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £28,136

You could save up to: £7364

a220d amg line 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £25,569

You could save up to: £6981

a220d amg line executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £26,874

You could save up to: £7176

a220d amg line premium 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £28,179

You could save up to: £7371

a220d amg line premium plus 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £29,804

You could save up to: £7566

a250 amg line 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £24,889

You could save up to: £6831

a250 amg line executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £26,194

You could save up to: £7026

a250 amg line premium 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £27,499

You could save up to: £7221

a250 amg line premium plus 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £28,804

You could save up to: £7416

a250e amg line 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £29,560

You could save up to: £3420

a250e amg line executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £30,895

You could save up to: £3585

a250e amg line premium 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £32,230

You could save up to: £3750

a250e amg line premium plus 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £33,565

You could save up to: £3915

Mercedes-Benz A Class SE

a180 se 5dr

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

Starting at: £17,913

You could save up to: £5837

a180 se 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £19,305

You could save up to: £6045

a180d se 5dr

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

Starting at: £19,088

You could save up to: £6012

a180d se 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £20,480

You could save up to: £6220

Mercedes-Benz A Class Sport

a180 sport 5dr

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

Starting at: £19,218

You could save up to: £6032

a180 sport 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £20,610

You could save up to: £6240

a180 sport executive 5dr

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

Starting at: £20,523

You could save up to: £6227

a180 sport executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £21,915

You could save up to: £6435

a180d sport 5dr

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

Starting at: £20,393

You could save up to: £6207

a180d sport 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £21,785

You could save up to: £6415

a180d sport executive 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,698

You could save up to: £6402

a180d sport executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £23,090

You could save up to: £6610

a200 sport 5dr

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

Starting at: £20,567

You could save up to: £6233

a200 sport 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £21,959

You could save up to: £6441

a200 sport executive 5dr

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

Starting at: £21,872

You could save up to: £6428

a200 sport executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £23,264

You could save up to: £6636

a200d sport 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £22,916

You could save up to: £6584

a200d sport executive 5dr auto

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

Starting at: £24,221

You could save up to: £6779

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