Buyer’s guide to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Buyer’s guide to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The firm’s fourth generation A-Class is now one of Mercedes’ best-selling cars.

With lavish looks and a tech-filled cabin, no wonder the A-Class is attracting more and more new car buyers.

But what exactly makes it stand out from the rest? Here’s our guide to the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

What engines are available?

There’s a wide range of engines on offer. Entry-level models, such as the A 180 and A 200, feature a 1.3-litre petrol unit. Their diesel equivalents, the A 180d and A 200d, get a 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engine respectively.

For some extra performance, there’s the A 250 – a car which can achieve a hot hatch-rivalling 0-60mph time of 6.0 seconds. It’s powered by a potent 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit.

At the top end of the spectrum, there’s the rapid AMG A 35 and A45 S models. The former has 302bhp, while the latter has a mega 415bhp.

What trim levels are offered?

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There are three trim levels to choose from:

SE – from £22,195

This trim is only available with the A 180 and A 180d engines, and it comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, comfort seats, a digital radio and sat nav.

Sport – from £23,545

Sport adds 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and upgraded styling,

AMG Line – from £25,190

The AMG Line trim is focused largely on how it looks, and adds features such as 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, sports seats, and sports steering wheel.

What about personalisation?

In terms of colours, there’s plenty to choose from. A lot of the palette is admittedly made up of silvers, greys and a black, but more interesting shades like white, red and blue are also options. The wheel selection is quite limited – the only way to alter this aspect of the car is to change the trim level. The same can be said for the interior upholstery, too.

There are, however, some options that you can spec with your A-Class, such as the Executive package, which gets you some desirable features like heated front seats and Active Parking Assist.

Above that, there’s also the Premium and Premium plus package. With the latter, you get a panoramic sliding sunroof, as well as 64-colour ambient lighting, high-beam assist and an upgraded sound system.

Both a six-speed manual and seven-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) automatic gearbox are offered, with the quick-shifting DCT being a £1,600 option on most models.