Mercedes A-Class hybrid running costs
Pricey servicing detracts from the Mercedes A-Class hybrid's otherwise-frugal nature, which includes very cheap company-car tax
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|28-29||3yrs/unlimited miles||1yr/15,500 miles||From £395/£790|
The Mercedes A-Class is an inherently efficient car, even if getting close to its claimed fuel-economy figures may be a stretch. This means – provided you can keep the battery topped up – that you should see a drop in your fuel bills if you’re coming from a conventional petrol car of a similar size.
There’s more to running a car than fuel costs, however, and in most other respects the A-Class should be about average for the compact-executive class. Mercedes isn't renowned for cheap servicing, but the brand’s various deals and payment plans allow you to spread the cost if you need to. The generous warranty is particularly good if you’re planning to do a lot of miles.
Mercedes A-Class hybrid insurance group
The A-Class hybrid falls into insurance groups 28 and 29, compared to the non-electrified versions' ratings of 17 to 31 depending on spec and engine.
As with all Mercedes models, the A 250 e is covered by a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. This compares well with other premium manufacturers’ coverage – BMW’s is identical and Audi’s three-year warranty is capped at 60,000 miles – but in contrast, the cheaper Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In benefits from a five-year/100,000-mile warranty that may be more useful for some buyers.
Mercedes says the A-Class hybrid should be maintained every year or 15,500 miles, whichever comes first. The company offers fixed-price plans to help spread the cost, can carry out faster services while you wait and also offers air-conditioning services.
The A 250 e boasts a very low claimed CO2 emissions figure of 32g/km, which means there’s no road tax to pay in the first year. And if you manage to lay off the options list on higher-spec models, you’ll avoid the £325 surcharge in years two to six for cars costing over £40,000, so the annual bill will be just £140.
Company-car users also benefit from a low BiK rate, which dropped from 16% to 6% for the 2020/21 financial year for an entry-level AMG Line model. This is thanks the A-Class' very strong all-electric range of between 40 and 49 miles, which puts it band lower than many other plug-in hybrids that fall into the 30-39-mile bracket and have to pay 10% BiK.
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 & chargingThe claimed figures don’t quite bear up in real life, but the Mercedes A-Class hybrid is still very efficient
- 3Running costs - currently readingPricey 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