The old A-Class earned its sales spurs, but it was never the cheapest car to straddle the supermini/small hatchback divide.
The A 180 CDI kicks off the diesel side of the line-up, albeit with SE trim at the base. This car is worthy of consideration, too, thanks to the sub-100g/km CO2 output afforded by its Renault-sourced motor. Its pricing puts it head to head with BMW’s much-admired 116d EfficientDynamics model.
You’ll need to avoid temptation at the options stage, though; liberal box-ticking can leave even the more humble of A-Class sagging under a frankly unconscionable price tag.