is a small family hatch that aims to offer the prestige of the Mercedes badge to those who may otherwise have looked at a Volkswagen Golf
. The Merc’s problem has always been that the Audi A3
and BMW 1 Series
are competing for the same buyers, and they are better all-rounders.
For 2016, Mercedes has given the car more standard equipment, including a Dynamic Select system that allows you to change the car’s steering and throttle settings at the touch of a button on the dashboard. If you should specify the £595 optional adaptive suspension, it can be altered under the Dynamic Select system, too. On top of that, extra kit includes a media interface, a reversing camera, under-seat drawers and Artico man-made leather. Diesel models will also no longer be known as ‘CDI’, from now on they’re simply ‘d’.
The updates prove that Mercedes isn’t standing still with a car that received only middling reviews when launched, so have the updates managed to alleviate our concerns?