FACTS: MERCEDESBENZ A-CLASS
It is: Five-door hatchback far removed from the 1997 original. This time you are seven inches lower.
Prices: From £18,995 in December, rest from £20,125.
Model range: Ignoring the one-model price leader at £18,995, they are the SE, Sport, AMG Sport and Engineered by AMG Sport.
Engines: Three petrol and two diesel at launch with higher power diesel to follow and then a 2-litre A45 AMG superhatch. All are four-cylinder turbos with stop-start ignition. Twin clutch seven-speed automatic gears are available with all engines.
Size: Length 169 inches; width 70 inches; height 56.5 inches. Metric: 4.3x1.8x1.4.
A-miser: The 1.8 diesel records 74mpg and 98/km.
A-racer: The A250 sprints from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds. Verdict: Take the A-Class. More: 0808 156 5635