FACTS: MERCEDESBENZ A-CLASS

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

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

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