Mercedes A-Class hybrid review
The smallest plug-in that Mercedes makes, the A 250 e is also one of the most efficient. It's a great, if not overly exciting, company-car choice
- Very efficient
- Low company-car tax
- Class-leading interior
- Unrefined drivetrain
- Occasionally lumpy ride
- Not the most fun to drive
|Car type||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Plug-in hybrid||43-45 miles||256.8-282.5mpg||24g/km|
Mercedes is bringing out many new plug-in hybrid models, as it pushes to electrify nearly every model in its range - and the Mercedes A-Class hybrid is one of the most affordable examples.
If you're looking through the brochure, you'll need to find the A 250 e model, which is the plug-in hybrid's name. This badge is something the A-Class hybrid has in common with the larger C-Class, E-Class and S-Class plug-ins. It's arrived ahead of the competition, beating the BMW 1 Series plug-in hybrid and the new Audi A3 e-tron to showrooms. Its main rival for the moment is the latest Volkswagen Golf GTE.
The A250 e is an impressive plug-in hybrid model, no least because it offers most of what more expensive hybrids bring to the table at a lower cost of entry. It's got sharp, modern styling, a luxurious interior and some of the most advanced in-car technology on the market, plus ultra-low running costs – particularly for company-car users. Yet it costs less than £35,000.
There's a 1.3-litre, 158bhp turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet, which is the same as you get in the A 200 model, but here there's a 101bhp electric motor and a 15.6kWh battery in order to ensure significant zero-emissions running capability and a total system output of 215bhp.
Promised efficiency figures look very good on paper: a 45-mile electric range, as well as 24g/km CO2 emissions and, officially, up to 283mpg fuel economy. For company-car users, the A 250 e is about as cheap as it gets (short of a pure-electric car) during the 2020/21 financial year.
From a home wallbox supplying electricity at 7.4kW, the A 250 e will recharge from 10 to 100% capacity in an hour and 45 minutes. And if you can locate a public DC charger, you'll be able to top up from 10 to 80% in just 25 minutes.
In the UK, the A 250 e model is being offered in both hatchback and saloon bodystyles, but only in the relatively expensive and high-spec AMG Line-based trim levels. These include AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus. Prices range from just under £33,000 to just under £38,000, while the saloon runs from just under £34,000 to just over £38,000 – about £1,500 more than the equivalent petrol model.
For more on the Mercedes A-Class hybrid, read on for the rest of our in-depth review...
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe smallest plug-in that Mercedes makes, the A 250 e is also one of the most efficient. It's a great, if not overly exciting, company-car choice
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe claimed figures don’t quite bear up in real life, but the Mercedes A-Class hybrid is still very efficient
- 3Running costsPricey servicing detracts from the Mercedes A-Class hybrid's otherwise-frugal nature, which includes very cheap company-car tax
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Mercedes A-Class hybrid is more than fast enough, but an unrefined drivetrain and unexciting handling let it down
- 5Interior & comfortAny niggles elsewhere are put to rest once you climb inside the Mercedes A-Class – it has one of the best interiors of any small car
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Mercedes A-Class hybrid sacrifices some boot space to batteries, but it’s still a fairly practical hatchback
- 7Reliability & safetyA stellar safety rating should bring peace of mind for Mercedes A-Class hybrid buyers, as should decent owner feedback