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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

Mercedes A 250 e
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£32,185 - £37,280
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol

Pros

  • Very efficient
  • Low company-car tax
  • Class-leading interior

Cons

  • Unrefined drivetrain
  • Occasionally lumpy ride
  • Not the most fun to drive
Car typeElectric rangeFuel economyCO2 emissions
Plug-in hybrid43-45 miles256.8-282.5mpg24g/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...

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