New Mercedes A-Class (2018-present)

Mercedes’ latest small car sets itself apart from others with technology and quality

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Technology
Stylish
One of the best interiors in class

Weaknesses 

Expensive
Only three engine choices
Not as good to drive as competitors
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Mercedes’ A-Class is firmly aimed at people who don’t mind paying a bit more for a premium package.

And Mercedes is hoping to replicate the massive success of the old car. In 2017, Mercedes sold more of its A-Class than Jaguar did saloons, sports cars, and SUVs.

It’s the cheapest way into a Merc ownership (barring Smart) and goes toe to toe with the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3.

Inside is where the biggest improvements have been made from the old car. Some of the technology in bigger more expensive Mercedes cars has made its way into the A-Class, making it feel like a shrunken S-Class on the inside.

Top-spec (and most expensive) models get twin 10.25-inch screens, making a massive entertainment system which is considerably more futuristic and premium than its competitors. The screens sit next to each other to make a widescreen, housing advanced software which offers more to the user than rivals, including a voice control system which works in a similar way to Amazon’s Alexa.  

But even basic models get digital dials 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 that replicates 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 a 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 is a serious game changer if you regularly use navs.

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 huge amount of tech isn’t just for show either - it’s helped the car achieve a five out of five for safety from Euro NCAP. It scored over 90 per cent for adult occupancy, child occupancy, and for protection for vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians.

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 three engines for now. 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 A220). More about the engines can be read in the engine section below. There is also a new AMG hot-hatch which will go on sale in early 2019, with an advanced 2.0-litre petrol unit.

All cars come with a new seven-speed automatic which is smooth, and has manual paddles that feel solid and premium when you use them. In sport mode it can hold on to gears a bit longer than you'd like. There is also the option of a manual gearbox, which is only available on A180 and A200 models. 

Cars with standard suspension ride comfortably in most situations, rarely allowing bumps to offput 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 premium. 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 £28,095. It’s only available in Sport and AMG Line trims, and only comes with the A180d and A200 engines. 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. Basic cars start at £27,280, but if you want the premium twin screens, that’s another £2,395.

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Monday, January 21, 2019 - 13:45

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.

Mercedes-Benz A Class History 

  • 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

Understanding Mercedes-Benz A Class car names 

  • A Class
  • Trim level
    AMG Line
  • Engine
    A200
  • Gearbox
    Automatic
  • Trim level
    Mercedes offers three trim levels – SE, Sport and AMG Line. SE is the cheapest, Sport is the mid-range, and AMG Line is the most expensive. 

  • Engine
    From the launch there are only three engines available, two petrols and a diesel. The A200 petrol is a 1.3-litre, and the A250 is a 2.0-litre. The A180d is a 1.5-litre diesel.
  • Gearbox
    There are two gearbox options - one is a seven-speed automatic, the other, a six-speed manual.

Mercedes-Benz A Class Engines 

Petrol: A180, A200, A220, A250, A35 AMG
Diesel: A180d, A200d, A220d

The A-Class is currently available with 8 engines, five petrols, and three diesels.

The entry level petrol engine is the A180 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. 

Next up is the A220. This, as the name would suggest, is a bit more powerful than the A200, and makes 190hp from a 2.0-litre engine. This can also be optioned with four-wheel-drive.

The A250, 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. From launch, the saloon A-Class will not be available with this engine.

From the start of 2019, the A35 AMG will be available in the UK. 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 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 (68.9mpg). 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 67.3mpg and 65.7mpg respectively.

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

A180

petrol

51.4mpg

136hp

9.2s

134mph

A200

petrol

53.3 mpg

163hp

8.0s

140mph

A220

petrol

45.6mpg

190hp

6.9s

149mph

A250

petrol

47mpg

224hp

6.2s

155mph

AMG A35

petrol

38.7mpg

306hp

4.7s

155mph

A180d

diesel

68.9mpg

116hp

10.5s

125mph

A200d

diesel

67.3mph

148hp

8.1s

137mph

A220d

diesel

65.8mpg

187hp

7.0s

146mph

Mercedes-Benz A Class Trims 

SE, Sport, AMG Line

There are just three trim levels for A-Class owners to pick from. However, it’s not quite as simple as just picking a trim.

Mercedes is concentrating on technology with the latest 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, 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 the Sport adds LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and automatic climate control.

And the AMG Line gets 18-inch alloy wheels, an AMG-branded bodykit, and a three-spoke AMG steering wheel.

Mercedes also offers additional equipment. The Executive equipment line adds £1,395 to the price and includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen media display; Active Parking Assist, heated front seats; and Mirror package.
 
For £2,395 you can get the Premium equipment line, which adds a 10.25-inch cockpit display – creating a widescreen effect; 64-colour ambient lighting; illuminated door sills; Keyless Go; mid-range sound system; and rear armrest.

Premium Plus equipment line (£3,595) adds memory function for the driver and front passenger seats; multibeam LED head lights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; and a panoramic sunroof.

And finally, for £495 you can get the very good augmented reality navigation display, as long as you cough up for the Exclusive, Premium or Premium Plus equipment lines. It overlays navigation data with real images from the vehicle’s cameras, making navigation easier. If you’ve used Pokemon Go, it works in a similar way.

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. This is especially good for business users.

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 currently 11 Mercedes A-Class' available on BuyaCar, with prices ranging from £20,990 to £26,990 for nearly-new models.

Monthly finance payments start from £257 per month.

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

2 years old

3 years old

Best for economy Mercedes A180d

£19,950

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Best for families Mercedes A200

£23,480

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Best for performance Mercedes AMG A35

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