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Our Fleet: Mercedes-Benz A180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY SE - May 2013

Mercedes-Benz
BIK List Price
£21,170
Mercedes-Benz A Class BIK list price
BIK Percentage
14%
Mercedes-Benz A Class BIK Percent
CO2
98g/km
Mercedes-Benz A Class CO2
Combined MPG
74.3
Mercedes-Benz A Class MPG

Review

We all know real-world economy sometimes falls far off the official fuel consumption, so when I saw the A-Class had a 74.3mpg combined figure, I wasn’t expecting to get near it.

But I have actually come quite close, achieving 65mpg on longer journeys.

The only problem is that it is a real effort to drive ‘economically’ as the A-Class is just too much fun to drive.

The steering is well weighted and there is plenty of pull available at lower gears.  It cruises well at motorway speeds and there is little noise from the engine.

Also, the interior is comfortable and the technology is so easy to use that even my seven-year-old nephew had no problems navigating around the entertainment system to find more ‘appropriate’ music to listen to (One Direction!).

The interior trim is luxurious and there are a few useful touches like storage space for my sunglasses in the roof lining.

However, there are a few niggles.

The novelty of the seatbelt tightening when the key is inserted is slightly annoying now and the satellite navigation can, at times, leave it quite late to give instructions which has resulted in a few wrong turns and exits being missed.

But I am clutching straws to find faults. The A-Class is a great all-rounder and I am yet to find something I really do not like about it.

Top Speed
118mph
Mercedes-Benz A Class Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Mercedes-Benz A Class Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Mercedes-Benz A Class Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,275
4 Year 80k : £7,575
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 31.70
4 Year 80k : 29.28

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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