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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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

MPG & CO2 emissions rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£40,745 - £46,590
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
282.5-353.1mpg23g/km47-53 miles1hr 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 353mpg 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 53-mile electric range is fairly accurate, with the projected range on the dashboard coming up just two miles short.

Charge time

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.

Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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