Mercedes has launched the A-Class as an incomplete model range, and those who want one straight away may end up spending a little more than they’d like. There are no manual gearboxes until later this year and the entry-level A180 petrol won’t come along for a while yet, either.

That the car’s CO2 emissions seem to show little sign of improvement, old model to new, has everything to do with the upheaval in vehicle emissions homologation and nothing to do with the actual fuel efficiency of the A-Class. Previous testing suggests the new A180d is a real-world 60mpg touring prospect and the A200 we tested returned 56.7mpg on our touring economy test.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
There’s not much in it, the A200 outperforming its VW rival but initially depreciating quicker than Audi’s A3

CAP’s residual value forecasts on the A-Class outstrip those of its nearest competitor, the A3, and Mercedes’ established approach to manufacturer-supported finance offers ought to make the car cheaper, on a monthly basis, than many might expect once pent-up demand for the car has settled.

A-Class owners should certainly expect to spend more on options than hatchback buyers do typically if they want the full suite of on-board technology.

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