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Brand New Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250e AMG Line 5dr Auto

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£299 per month

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines7" colour screen in instrument panel
7" touchscreen media displayActive lane keep assist
Attention assistBrake pad wear indicator warning light
Cruise control + speed limiterDirect steering
Direction indicators with lane change functionDYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluidHard-disk navigation
Lamp failure indicatorMercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
Outside temperature gaugeRadio aerial integrated into roof spoiler
Service indicator (ASSYST)Speed sensitive power steering
Stop/start systemTrip computer
Voice activation 

Entertainment

DAB Digital radioDual bluetooth interface, 2 USB ports (type C)
MBUX multimedia system 

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lightsAMG front, rear apron and side skirts
Blue tinted glassBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour side skirt
Body coloured door mirrorsChrome beltline
Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and silver louvre + chrome insertElectric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
Electric front windowsElectric rear windows
Exhaust system - Twin trapezoidal tailpipes in polished stainless steelHeadlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
Heated glass rear windscreen + timer controlLED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
LED tail lampLED third brake light
Rain sensor windscreen wipersRear fog lights
Rear wiper 

Interior Features

12V socket3 Spoke flat bottom leather multi function steering wheel with perforated leather in grip area
40:20:40 split folding rear seatsAir vents surround and cruciform nozzle in silver chrome
AMG floor mats with red stitchingArtico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensorBlack roof lining
Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studsController on centre console with chrome surround
Cup holder and stowage compartment lightingFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Front door sills with Mercedes benz letteringFront doors with ambient and signal light
Front footwell lightsFront reading lamps
Front seat backs luggage netsFront seat cushion length adjustment
Front signal exit lampFront vanity lights
Gearshift paddles on steering wheelHandle recess/closing light
Height/reach adjustable steering columnIlluminated glovebox
ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixingsLoad securing rings in luggage compartment
Luggage compartment coverManual height adjustable front seats
Oddments tray lightingRear head restraints
Rear Reading LampsSeat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
Sports seats with integrated headrestsStorage compartment under load area floor
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorstouchpad
Touchpad illuminationTwin front cupholders
Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control 

Packs

Seat comfort pack - A Class 

Safety

3 rear 3 point seatbeltsABS with Brake Assist
Active bonnetActive brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assistBlack seatbelts
Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discsChildproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Crash responsive emergency lightingDriver and passenger head and side airbags
Drivers knee airbagDual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Electronic parking brakeESP curve dynamic assist
ESP with ASRFront and rear seatbelt reminder
Tyre pressure monitoring systemWarning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags 

Security

Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliserKeyless Go
Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function 

Technical

Lowered comfort suspension 

Wheels

18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels in titanium grey with highsheen finishTirefit sealant kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)148Noise Level dB(A)68
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1991Compression Ratio10.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)83Cylinders - Stroke (mm)92
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears7 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)43.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)54.3EC Urban (mpg)32.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb7.3WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min7.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High6.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low10.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium7.4WLTP - MPG - Comb38.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max35.8WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min39.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High40.9WLTP - MPG - High45.6
WLTP - MPG - Low26.2WLTP - MPG - Medium38.2

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power190
Coin SeriesAMG LineGeneration Mark3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0728EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %96
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %91NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %92NCAP Safety Assist %75
Service Interval Frequency - Months12Service Interval Mileage15500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)6.9Engine Power - BHP190
Engine Power - KW140Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5800Engine Torque - LBS.FT221
Engine Torque - MKG30.6Engine Torque - NM300
Engine Torque - RPM1800Top Speed146

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear225/45 R18Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleAMG 5 TWIN SPOKEWheel Type18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1440Length4419
Wheelbase2729Width1796
Width (including mirrors)1992 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)51Gross Vehicle Weight2020
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1210Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)370
Max. Loading Weight515Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1505No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz A

If you're looking at an upper-spec Mercedes A-Class, you have to consider this A 250e plug-in version, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

Ten Second Review

Mercedes introduces A-Class buyers to plug-in hybrid technology with this A 250e variant. It can travel up to 44 WLTP-rated miles on a single charge that can be completed from 10-100% in just an hour and 45 minutes from a 7.4kW garage wallbox. And the 1.33-litre petrol engine and 75kW electric motor produce a sprightly 215hp total output, yet a super-low 25g/km CO2 reading. In short, if you can afford it, this Mercedes is easy to like.

Background

The forthcoming and ever-more stringent European emission regulations are going to cost manufacturers not well advanced in electrification an awful lot of money in punitive fines. Mercedes though, now has plenty of electric tech on offer to drive down its group CO2 reading. Its EQ Power brand covers almost every kind of electrification, from mild hybrids and full-EVs in the company's larger models to the space-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain that fits into this maker's more compact cars. It's that latter PHEV tech we're looking at here, specifically as applied to the Stuttgart manufacturer's smallest model, the A-Class. The model in question, the A 250e, shares the same plug-in powertrain as the GLA, the B-Class and the CLA, a set-up that right now just happens to set the segment standard. But can it here justify a significant price premium over conventional petrol and diesel A-Class variants? Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

The job's been done properly here. Rather than electrify one of its older engines, as Volkswagen has with its rival Golf GTE, Mercedes has here developed a much more bespoke unit, a 1,332cc petrol powerplant that manages to put out as much as 218hp. That figure combines the 160hp of this model's 1.33-litre powerplant with a 75kW electric motor linked to a 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery. These power sources collectively generate a pretty potent system pulling power figure of 450Nm. So, not surprisingly, performance is sprightly, 62mph dispatched in just 6.6s en route to 146mph. You have to have front wheel drive and an 8-speed 8G-DCT dual clutch auto transmission. Of most interest to a potential PHEV buyer though, will be this model's projected WLTP all-electric driving range - up to 44 miles (compare that to the 36 mile claim of a rival Golf GTE). Obviously, you won't get anywhere near that figure if you regularly approach the quoted all-electric top speed of 87mph. An 'Electric' drive programme keeps the car in battery drive unless the accelerator pedal's kickdown function is used. In the 'Electric' programme, the energy recovery level can also be selected via paddles behind the steering wheel. The paddles on the steering wheel enable the selection of five different recuperation levels ('DAUTO', 'D+', 'D', 'D-' and 'D--'). The usual additional 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual' mode settings are also available. According to the given requirements, the driver is thus able to give priority to electric driving, place the emphasis on driving dynamics or give preference to combustion mode in order to save electric range, for example.

Design and Build

This A 250e's PHEV set-up is all very cleverly packaged. An innovative exhaust system layout explains the need for a relatively minimal reduction in boot capacity compared with a conventionally-engined A-Class model. The exhaust ends in a centrally positioned outlet under the vehicle floor, with the rear silencer housed in the transmission tunnel. Integrating the fuel tank into the axle installation space creates additional room beneath the rear seats for the high-voltage battery. Otherwise, it's much as it would be in any other A-Class and there's the choice of either hatch or Saloon body shapes. Visual differentiators as to this variant's plug-in status are limited to subtle badging. And inside, the cabin is unchanged, save for extra 'Electric' and 'Battery Level' menus in the MBUX infotainment system. As with any A-Class, in standard spec, you get a couple of 7.0-inch infotainment screens - one in front of the driver for the instruments and a centre-dash one for the infotainment functions. Pay extra and you can have both these displays uprated to 10.3-inches in size. And in the back? Well a six-footer might still struggle a little to sit behind another adult of similar height but overall, there's significantly more room for knees and legs than you might expect. If that's not enough, then you can choose this same powertrain in Mercedes' B-Class compact 5-seat MPV. We mentioned boot space earlier: at 310-litres, it's 60-litres down on the 370-litre figure of the standard hatch. For the Saloon, the capacity figure is 345-litres.

Market and Model

Mercedes has priced this A 250e plug-in at about the same level as the top A-Class diesel, the 190hp A 220d, so you're looking at needing around £33,000. That's for the hatch version; you'll need around £600 more for the alternative Saloon body style. For trim, you'll need to choose one of the 'AMG Line' variants. There's 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Executive', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'. Standard kit across the range includes LED headlights, heated front seats and Thermatronic two-zone air conditioning. Infotainment's taken care of by a couple of 7-inch screens that feature the MBUX multimedia system with its 'Mercedes me' connectivity and the 'Hey Mercedes' voice-activated virtual assistant. 'AMG Line' trim includes 18-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, privacy glass, an AMG body styling kit, ARTICO/DINAMICA sports seats with red contrast stitching and carbon interior trim. Disappointingly, you have to stretch to pricier 'AMG Line Executive' spec to get basics like front and rear parking sensors and smartphone integration, a trim level that also includes wireless charging and a 10.25-inch central media display.

Cost of Ownership

The 15.6kWh battery can be charged with AC or DC current via a socket located in the right-hand side wall of the vehicle. This A 250e can be charged at a 7.4kW wallbox with alternating current (AC) within 1 hour 45 min from 10-100%. For direct-current (DC) charging at 24kW, the battery can be charged from 10-80% in around 25 minutes. Keep everything charged up and Mercedes reckons that 90% of regular commuting journeys can be completed without using the petrol engine. One important comfort feature is the pre-entry climate control prior to starting a journey, which reduces energy usage and can also be activated conveniently by smartphone. The quoted WLTP combined cycle fuel figure is 256.8mpg and WLTP CO2 emissions are rated up to 25g/km. That means a 6% BiK tax rating; compare that to 28 or 30% for a conventional diesel or petrol-powered A-Class. The MBUX infotainment system assists the driver in finding charging stations. Just start a search simply by saying "Hey Mercedes, find charging stations nearby". Via the 'Mercedes me Charge' system, drivers of this plug-in hybrid model can optionally obtain access to one of the world's largest charging networks, with over 300 different operators in Europe alone (municipalities, car parks, motorways, shopping centres, etc.). Thanks to navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can find these stations easily and can gain convenient access to the charging stations via the Mercedes me Charge card, the Mercedes me App or directly from the car. No separate contracts are necessary for this: apart from simple authentication, customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple billing after they have registered their payment method once. Each charging process is booked automatically. The individual charging processes are clearly listed in a monthly invoice.

Summary

The engineering here is compelling: if you were shopping further up the A-Class range, it's certainly difficult to see why you'd buy an A 220d diesel variant for the same sort of money as is being asked here. It's just a pity that Mercedes doesn't feel able to offer this technology with its lower, more affordable trim levels. Still, you pay for plug-in sophistication and it won't escape the attention of the growing number of buyers in this segment that an A 250e will go nearly 20% further on an electric charge than a rival Volkswagen Golf GTE. As usual with Plug-ins, there's lots to like about the PHEV formula if you can afford the asking price for it; superb refinement, clean emissions that lead to super-low BiK taxation and the appealing prospect of largely fuel-free commuting mileage. Ultimately, it's all about whether you can justify the up-front cost. But we still think this A 250e could make more sense than a conventional model once you add up whole-life costs on a finance deal. And in return for that outlay, you'll get a premium package in return.

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
60%
Styling
60%
Build
80%
Value
50%
Equipment
60%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
50%
Insurance
60%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£299
Initial Rental£1794
Term (months)36
Contract mileage24,000
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