Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2018 review

In Car Reviews, Mercedes-Benz by Tim Barnes-Clay

Drive.co.uk has been testing the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class this week. Read our first impressions on the new premium hatchback.

 
Tim Barnes-Clay enjoys the latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class A 250 AMG Line DCT
 
The A-Class has become sexier with each incarnation – and 2018’s Mk4 is a car oozing desirability.

It’s a classy hatch with one diesel option – the A180d. Then there are the A200 and A250 petrols. All are offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. But, from 2019, manuals and more powerful engines will join the party.

The A250 I’m reviewing here gets your juices flowing tastefully. It’s got a bit of ‘oomph’ to it – as you’d expect from a car with a 224PS 2.0-litre lump under the lid.

Inside, you feel like a King, with a digital set-up that you’d expect to find in a chauffeur driven luxury limo. The brand’s clever ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control responds well to pretty much anything you ask of it. Additionally, although the Audi A3 trumps the A-Class on rear seat space, comfort is better than that offered by the German rival. The seating and dash materials are marginally better, too – and that takes some doing! Indeed, I’d go as far to say that this Mercedes-Benz has set the bar one notch higher in the compact class.

On the move, the sporty sound the new A-Class makes is gratifying, and it’s always eager to please – especially in ‘Sport’ mode. But the hatchback delivers a calmer experience in ‘Comfort’ setting, soothing the parts that some other compact cars fail to reach.

The auto ‘box can sound a bit strained when you give the Merc the beans, but most of the time it’s a smooth operator. What’s more, the shift paddles on the steering wheel – if you want to use them – are highly responsive.

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As handling and ride go, this small Mercedes is perfect for everyday motoring needs. I drove it on motorways and rural roads and felt satisfied all day. Even the potholes on the Cotswolds’ test route didn’t rain on the parade. The A-Class handled them with aplomb.

The car holds its own at 70mph, and there’s quite a bit of fun to be had when you point it at the twisty tarmac. The front-wheel-drive A-Class hunkers down, relaxes and then pings you out of the bends accurately and pleasingly. All this makes it a comfortable, easy hatchback to like and live with.

So, if sexy looks, a charming cabin, great handling and a premium-badged hatch float your boat, then the A-Class A250 comes highly recommended.



Car reviewed: Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 AMG Line DCT – Base Price On the road £30,240 price as tested £32,635 0-62mph 6.2 secs Top speed 155mph Fuel Economy combined 45.6mpg CO2 emissions 221g/km Engine 1991cc 4-cylinder petrol turbo EU6 Max Power [email protected] Torque [email protected] Transmission dual clutch man sequential auto mode


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  • Comfort

  • Rear-seat space

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Tim Barnes-Clay qualified as a journalist in 1994 and is a member of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers. He initially trained in broadcast journalism and has worked as a reporter and news reader at various radio stations in East Anglia and the Midlands. He has also been a motoring journalist for the Mirror Group’s L!ve TV cable network and a presenter, reporter and producer at ITV Central in Birmingham. Tim is now an automotive writer, focusing on car reviews. He has media accreditation with all motor manufacturers’ press offices, and this enables him to test drive the latest cars. He also attends new vehicle press launches at home and abroad.

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