Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2005 - 2012) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2014
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The A-Class is the smallest - and most affordable - model in the Mercedes line-up. As a small family car, it's an alternative to models like the Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series, but it's unusual upright styling makes it look more like a people carrier.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class (05-12)
Decent interior space, most affordable Mercedes, easy to drive in town, good diesel economy
Artificially light steering, noisy at speed, harsh ride, some weak petrol engines

New price range:

£13,945 - £22,975

Used price range:

£443 - £6,047

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

The A-Class is the smallest - and most affordable - model in the Mercedes line-up. As a small family car, it's an alternative to models like the Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series, but it's unusual upright styling makes it look more like a people carrier. It stands out, however that odd shape means it's not the most practical of cars - and rear space is limited, especially on three-door models.

The five-door version is a better choice if you have kids. Build quality is good, as you'd expect from Mercedes - but the handling and comfort levels are a let down. Ultimately, while it's a huge improvement over the old A-Class, there are better and more affordable hatchbacks around. In mid 2008 it was facelifted with new headlights and bumpers plus an upgraded interior and more efficient engines.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

2.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 5 door, easy to enter and exit, plenty of room in back and up front.  

5 out of 5

James Cousins ,   28 Feb 2014    ... read more

 Great for city driving. Easy to drive, easy to park.  

4 out of 5

David Humphreys ,   29 Jul 2013    ... read more

 Can enter and exit car without aggravating arthritic knee.  

2 out of 5

Michael Linfield ,   28 Apr 2013    ... read more

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