The Mercedes A-Class has always been a compact hatch with one major selling point – that three-pointed star on the nose.
But while its predecessors all lacked a little substance behind the badge, this latest generation is a genuine contender for class honours.
Step inside and it blows its rivals away – the interior design and quality is wonderful, and the infotainment system is one of the best on the market at any price.
Some rivals are more fun to drive and several are more comfortable, but the A-Class leads the class both in terms of refinement and efficiency. Invest in one of the higher grade infotainment set-ups, and the A-Class is one of the most high-tech hatches money can buy.