Mercedes A250 AMG Line

Top Gear (UK) - - DRIVES -

This, in the­ory, is the lat­est A-Class in mild hot hatch form. Its 2.0-litre turbo petrol has 221bhp, not far off an en­try-level Golf GTI.

There’s lots of nice in­te­rior chintz but the ba­sics feel cheap – its gears­e­lec­tor and hand­brake in par­tic­u­lar. It comes only with a 7spd auto. It’s not es­pe­cially sharp, and the en­gine’s no fun to rev. But it's quick and sur­pris­ingly

eco­nom­i­cal.

It rides too firmly to be a comfy fam­ily car, but the han­dling’s not good enough to prop­erly ri­val a GTI. A missed op­por­tu­nity.

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