Fleet World Fleet: Mercedes-Benz A 250 e AMG Line Premium
Our new plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a welcome addition to the Fleet World long-term fleet. Martyn Collins reports.
Lockdown 2.0 left me in an advantageous position of receiving this new plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes A-Class, given that that our long-term Audi A3, one of its key rivals, had moved on to a new keeper and I was car-less.
Outside, the latest A-Class is more subtle and, in my opinion, more attractive because of it. The sharp-looking 18-inch AMG alloys and subtle body kit are particular highlights.
Inside, it has extra space compared to the Audi – but doesn’t feel it. However, the Mercedes’ interior certainly feels special – I really like the seamless twin 10-inch screens, used for the instruments and infotainment. The driving position is also comfortable, with supportive front sports seats.
It is unfair to compare the Mercedes and Audi mechanically, as the A3 is an ICE petrol. On top of this, the second lockdown saw shorter A-Class trips, apart from one longer trip to Coventry. Despite this, I have faith in the 44-mile official electric range, having achieved around 30 miles without trying too hard.
Hybrid or not, this Mercedes is the quicker car compared to our A3 long-termer, with 215hp (the Audi has 148hp). The biggest problem I have found already is how the A-Class gets this power to the road. The throttle seems ultra-sensitive and wheel spin usually results.
P11d (BiK): £35,980 (6%) MPG/CO2: 256.8mpg/32g/km Test MPG: N/A