Mercedes A-Class hybrid MPG & CO2 emissions
The claimed figures don’t quite bear up in real life, but the Mercedes A-Class hybrid is still very efficient
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|41.5-217.3mpg||23g/km||43-45 miles||1hr 45mins (10-100%, 7.4kW)|
On paper, the Mercedes A 250 e is a hugely efficient car, and although you may struggle to match the claimed figures in actual driving, the real-world results we saw were very promising. Extremely low CO2 emissions are good news for your wallet and conscience, while a swift charging time means you’ll be able to maximise efficiency by keeping the car’s 10.6kWh (usable) battery topped up as you go about daily life.
Mercedes A-Class hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
Mercedes’ claim of up to 217mpg fuel economy is a real attention-grabber, but as always with plug-in hybrids, it’s best taken with a pinch of salt. To get anywhere near this figure, you’ll need to have a fully charged battery and use fully electric power as much as possible, coasting and being incredibly careful with your right foot.
On our varied test route – around 30 miles or so of driving on motorways, fast A-roads and urban routes – the A 250 e erred towards using electric power as much as possible and displayed its maximum 99.9mpg readout. We also found that the claimed 45-mile electric range is more or less bang on, with the projected range on the dashboard coming up just two miles short.
Mercedes claims a charging time of an hour and 45 minutes from a standard 7.4kW wallbox from 10% (where you’re likely to leave your car most often) to 100%. It’ll charge from a domestic supply using a three-pin plug, too, but at a much slower rate.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe 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
- 2MPG & CO2 emissions - currently readingThe claimed figures don’t quite bear up in real life, but the Mercedes A-Class hybrid is still very efficient
- 3Running costs & insurancePricey servicing detracts from the Mercedes A-Class hybrid's otherwise-frugal nature, which includes very cheap company-car tax
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Mercedes A-Class hybrid is more than fast enough, but an unrefined drivetrain and unexciting handling let it down
- 5Interior, dashboard & 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
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Mercedes A-Class hybrid sacrifices some boot space to batteries, but it’s still a fairly practical hatchback
- 7Reliability & safety ratingA stellar safety rating should bring peace of mind for Mercedes A-Class hybrid buyers, as should decent owner feedback