Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class (1998 - 2004) Driving & Performance

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2014
A-Class scores on several counts. It's an intelligent compromise between city car and people-carrier, it's undoubtedly practical, reliable and stylish and it's got the Stuttgart star on the grille.
3.5 out of 5


Four petrol engines: 1.4, 1.6 and the lively 1.9 and 2.1 petrol; and a 1.7 CDi turbo-diesel, which actually outperforms the 1.4, although it’s noisier than the nippy, refined 1.6. The 1.4 is really for town use; both it and the 1.7 CDi feel sluggish when pushed to achieve higher speeds The tiddler 1.4 is great in the city, cheap to run and just about capable on the motorway.

Diesel is very economical, but easily powerful enough for any driving.

3.5 out of 5


Much publicised early problems soon sorted by Mercedes-Benz. The one you drive will be stable, well-suspended and a pleasure to drive. It might be small, but it's still a Mercedes-Benz. Firm suspension, wide tyres and electronic stability control all assist stability; fun to drive with minimal body roll; good grip inspires confidence; steering is direct and well-weighted.

Ride is notably firm — and a particular bugbear for some owners.