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MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS Hatchback 1998‑2004

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MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS Hatchback 1998‑2004

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ricky00263

Madzibaba - Chatham, Kent

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A160 Elegance 5dr ACS (Review date: 2nd January '14)

5

This car is a value for money. I got mine for £200 plus £400 i put in for servicing, M.O.T and tax. All that is nothing compared to the swift gear change, light pedalware and cheap fuel.

The only down side is the electrical censoring which can go all wrong. The "BAS ESP" pushed me to sell on. Apparently it was the bushes that played up. Halfords recommended buying the whole arm from Mercedes which costs £400 plus labour. So my advice is buy the bushes on either ebay or car breakers then get those black market mechanics to fit for around £80 and voula.

In retrospect to other 1.6ltr on the market, the A Class is super bad. It simply puts all the Minis, fiestas and micras to shame. Anyone with a good working A Class let me have it for my birthday.

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Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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merc-a

Mercedez-A Class You'll love this car!

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A170L CDI Elegance 5dr Auto (Review date: 2nd May '12)

4.5

I love this car. It's economical and has great car and boot space. Excellent for families! Easy to drive and is very reliable.

It is in very good condition inside and outside. Stylish yet affordable too.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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jane15

Fantastic Baby Merc

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A140 Elegance 5dr Auto (Review date: 1st May '12)

4.8

I bought it as a second hand 5 year old car and used it for another 5 years. It drives fantastically. No problem what so ever. The safety features are the best especially during winter months. Looks small from outside but really specious inside. Easy to park. The fuel consumption is good. Two of my colleagues test drove mine and got their own baby Merc now. I would recommend this car to anyone.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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angelos1906

Never Again

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A160 Avantgarde 5dr Auto (Review date: 21st April '12)

2.8

WHat can I say? Gearbox fault, electric fault, sensor fault, rust??? You can pick them up very cheap but defo stay away from the auto box ones and be really careful. Never again.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

2 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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leebo

Not great, just good

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A160 Avantgarde 5dr (Review date: 27th March '12)

2.8

Praticality wise it's tiny!! Hardly any boot space and a squash in the back for passengers over the age of 10.

For passengers in the front though it's actually reasonably spacious. Cabin is nicely laid out (as you expect from a Mercedes) and leg room is decent.

In the year we had it it was actually very reliable. No major issues, apart from flooding the engine once (our fault...) and it had had a flat battery after we went on holiday.

Running costs weren't that great as although it was reliable in a sense, when it needed wear and tear items replaced (tyres, brake pads etc) these were incredibly expensive compared to other similar size cars. MPG was ok, although i honestly expected a few more for such a small car! Insurance was pricey (due to being a Merc)

Car drove ok. Was nice and nimble to shoot into town or work, but handling on twisty country roads was not the best! Suprinsgly comfy on longer journeys for such a small car though (although only if you are sat in the front, rear passengers would definitely disagree!!)

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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m11rxa

Baby Merc But Baby Quality

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A140 Classic 5dr Auto (Review date: 1st February '12)

3.8

My wife had a smart car before getting this one, and it drives disapointingly just like a bigger smart car! if anything the smart car was more fun.

The 1.4 petrol auto just is the wrong option to go for, kick down is very slow and then the power just feel painful since no turbo to give you even a boost. Heard there are many problems with the auto boxes where the car jerks slightly whilst accelerating other than that the quality seems ok.

Driving it, well, keep in mind what it is, and driving it harsh is no fun, so you soon learn to drive it nice and slowly as that how its meant to be.

Running costs in terms of insurance and fuel is very low. the high driving position feels odd...almost at 4x4 height i reckon.

All in all, i would not go for this model and would not think about getting another one - you do pay extra for the merc badge, but in this case its just not worth it.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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drewcutts

Almost very good

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A170 CDI Avantgarde 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)

4.3

The only thing that lets this car down is the fact that owing to the front A pillers the side vision is abismal, I find that you can loose a car, let alone a pedestrian, in your front quaters.

The performance in both MPG and MPH is excellant.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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johnnymac911

Mercedes 140 A Class well worth the money.

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A140 Piccadilly 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)

4.3

Great car for all events - kids, sport, leisure, travel. Easy to insure and run. Bought as second car runaround to Porsche 911 and sold 911 as it didn't get used! Great for transporting kids or moving furniture, lawnmowers etc as rear seats fold down. Great all round view for driver. High driving position so is great for bad back as you step out of car in upright position. Easy to park because you can see where the front and back of car ends. Very nippy and good acceleration. Great in snow due to front wheel drive. Only down side is that front drop links need replaced on a yearly basis but they're not expensive. Great all round car even though they dont look very exciting.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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zzr600

An old, but very smart build small car that can take whole family

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A140 Elegance 5dr (Review date: 19th January '12)

3.8

The idea to build this car in late 90's was great. The car is a mirracle of space, taking the fact, that is shorter than fiesta and competitors. It isn't a well build car, the materials inside are pure. 1.4 motor needs to much unleaded, never more than 37 mpg. All in all very specious, great in town, not bed in trips with whole family.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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clarywary

Sporty yet practical

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS A190 Elegance 5dr Auto (Review date: 18th January '12)

4.3

When I first drove this car after driving a Mercedes Benz Estate, I found it a bit like driving a beach buggy! If you take a corner a bit fast it sometime feels like it might flip over, however I've got used to it now, and really enjoy driving this car.

I have three children under ten years of age and it is is spacious enough for them to be seated comfortably and safely, and also has lot's of legroom. The boot is a good size and will easily take a pushchair and shopping.

It is easy to park as it is quite compact.

Overall I really like this car, it has all the class of a Mercedes yet it's very practical as well.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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