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Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me A Mercedes-Benz: Preferably An A-Class

April 2, 2014

The simply stunning new Mercedes A-Class went on sale in late 2012 and has taken the competitive – premium hatchback – market in its stride. A huge departure from the previous version’s boxy, van-like body shape, the new A-Class is sleek and sporty with a racing stance. As its name suggests, the Mercedes brings a much needed injection of class to the market, making rivals such as the VW Golf and Audi A3 pale in comparison on the style front.

The A-Class aims to be the best in class for handling and, as such, Mercedes have given the A-Class firm suspension – great for cornering. However, it does make the ride quite unforgiving. Driving enthusiasts won’t mind, but those looking for comfort may be better suited with an alternative, such as the BMW 1 series which has a smoother ride.

The interior is plush, stylish and modern, loaded with plenty of technology and features including air conditioning, Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard. Head space in the back is limited slightly by the stylish low, sloping roofline – however, legroom is generous and the seats reflect the comfort levels usually only seen in larger Mercedes models. We have to say the interior is one of the most attractive we’ve seen – Mercedes have struck a rare balance of practicality and functionality without compromising on style whatsoever.

The A-Class is available in a wide range of variants, with both petrol and diesel engine options – from frugal ultra-low emission diesels, all the way through to the insanely quick A45 AMG, with its 355 bhp 2.0 litre petrol engine. Mercedes have invested in green technology and the A-Class is the first Mercedes to fall into the free road tax band, with the diesel A180 CDI Eco achieving 92 g/km in CO2 emissions and 78 mpg. Fuel economy across the range is good, meaning that running costs will be kept relatively low.

There are five trim levels to choose from, offering a huge range of choice to buyers. The entry level model is the SE which progresses upwards to the SE Eco, Sport, AMG Sport and the range topping AMG. The entry level A180 SE is priced at just shy of £21,000. Fairly competitive pricing given its competition. The Mercedes benefits from having higher equipment levels than its rivals as standard. If you fancy getting your hands on the super-fast A45 AMG, you’ll need to dig deep – as the top of the range model starts at £38,000. Optional extras are expensive, as is the norm with Mercedes – buyers can save money by selecting a version which comes with the features they want rather than additional extras. Resale values, however, are strong due to desirability and demand – meaning the A-Class won’t depreciate quickly, unlike some of its rivals.

Looking for Mercedes-Benz Finance? Look no further than the Car Loan Warehouse – we can help you find the best deal for Mercedes A-Class finance. We work with dealers and lenders to take the hassle out of financing. Why not check out our loan calculator to see how much you could save?

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.