Mercedes A-Class review - Reliability and safety
The A-Class has top marks for safety, but Mercedes has below average brand satisfaction rating
All versions of the A-Class come loaded with safety kit: an active bonnet, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, auto headlights, and a glut of airbags are standard throughout the range. Also included is ‘Mercedes me connect’; an in-built system which not only keeps the driver within easy contact of approved breakdown services, but is also able to contact the emergency services in the event of a serious accident.
The Mercedes A-Class was assessed by Euro NCAP in 2018 and achieved a maximum five-star safety rating. Adult and child occupant protection scored an excellent 96% and 91%, respectively.
The A-Class appears to be solid in terms of reliability, and finished 36th out of 75 cars in our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, but Mercedes as a brand finished a disappointing 28th out of 30 manufacturers.
As with other models in the Mercedes range, the A-Class comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty. That’s a match for BMW’s standard warranty, and better than Audi’s which is capped at 60,000 miles over the three year period.
Various service plans allow buyers to spread the cost of maintenance over monthly payments. A typical plan costs £30 per month, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to three services.
In this review
- 1Mercedes A-Class reviewThe latest Mercedes A-Class premium hatch is one of the most tech-laden cars on sale, of any size
- 2Engines, performance and driveA great cruiser with strong performance, the A-Class has uninspiring handling and the small petrol lacks refinement
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe A-Class has excellent economy figures and solid residual values, but insurance costs are steep
- 4Interior, design and technologyGorgeous design houses the finest infotainment system available at almost any price
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceBoot and cubby spaces an improvement over the old car’s, but the A-Class is still not as roomy as an Audi A3
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe A-Class has top marks for safety, but Mercedes has below average brand satisfaction rating