Mercedes-Benz has long been noted for large luxury cars and performance models, so when in 1997 it decided to produce its Mercedes-Benz A-Class compact hatchback, there were a lot of raised eyebrows.
The early A-Class models had handling issues, but the company quickly remedied that and since then the model has continued to be re-vamped and improved and has enjoyed significant sales.
Current models are larger, better equipped and far better looking than the dumpy original.
Prices start at just over £21,000, though you can pay almost twice that for the flagship versions.
There are petrol and diesel engines, and many buyers will opt for the 1.8 litre diesel in the featured test model, which though not too quick off the mark, returns 80 mpg combined and is also very green – just 89 g/km.
In SE specification, it is just above entry level and costs £22,140. For that you get a well-kitted car which includes alloy wheels, multi-airbags, radio/CD/MP3/iPod unit and Bluetooth, four power windows, adjustable steering column and steering wheel, traction and cruise control, and air-conditioning. Continue reading