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Mercedes Benz A Class (2008-13)

Overall Rating

3 stars

Mercedes cleverly packaged A-Class offers a lower cost route to owning a premium brand.

  • Affordable way to own a Mercedes
  • Good choice of engines
  • Improved quality look and feel
  • Standard spec basic
  • Service costs can be high at main dealers
  • Bumpy ride
Road Test

Strong, solid looks the small Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a high quality look and feel to it, available in three and five-door offering greater flexibility. A distinctive shape with its sloping nose, emblazoned with the Mercedes-Benz badge. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, electric windows and a CD player, ABS, ESP and front airbags. Quality materials and clean lines set off the concise instruments. Spacious the rear seats fold down flat and passenger seat can be completely removed adding greater flexibility. Lot's of engine choice - 1.5-litre, 1.7-litre and 2.0-litre petrol units of capacities, and three 2.0-litre turbo diesels with either five or six-speed manual transmissions or automatic transmission. The diesel engines provide excellent fuel economy whilst the petrol's offer a refines, smooth ride. The A-Class is perfect for nipping around town and easy to park. For any driver wanting a premium badge on the front of their car without the usual price tag to match it is the perfect way to own a Mercedes-Benz.

Need To Know

Best Models: Diesels offer good fuel efficiency, petrols smoother ride

Worst Models: 1.5-litre petrol is a touch sluggish

Replacement: 2012

Mercedes Benz A Class (2008-13)
Star Ratings


3 stars


3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars


4 stars


4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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