Mercedes A-Class hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
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|
|257mpg||25-26g/km||43-44 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 15.6kWh battery topped up as you go about daily life.
Mercedes A-Class hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions
Mercedes’ claim of just under 257mpg 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 all-electric power, coasting and incredibly careful movements of 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 44-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 one 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
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingThe 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