MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS HATCHBACK A250e AMG Line Premium 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.6s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

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.

A TO e

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%. 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.

  • Rear wiper
  • Privacy glass
  • 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings

  • Perforated front brake discs
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Anti lock brake system with Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program with Anti Skid Control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Radar based regeneration
  • ESP curve dynamic assist

  • Floor mats with stitched edging and AMG lettering

  • Comfort suspension

  • Wireless charging
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link

  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • 180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines
  • Ultrasonic sensors positioned in the front and rear bumpers
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • Remote and charging services plus
  • Active parking assist with visual and audible warning of detected obstacles
  • Attention assist
  • Direct steering
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • Car wash mode
  • ECO start/stop function

  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Owners manual in English
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • 10.25" Digital instrument cluster display screen
  • 10.25" media display
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto

  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators

  • Light aluminium with longitudinal grain interior trim

  • 7.4 kW monophase on board charger

  • Mercedes-Benz advanced sound system - 225W
  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 10 speakers

  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Chrome beltline
  • Black weather strip
  • Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and silver louvre + chrome insert
  • Window line trim strip in chrome
  • Exhaust system - Twin visible tailpipes in polished stainless steel
  • AMG bodystyling - Front apron with splitter in chrome, rear apron with chrome trim and chrome visible trim elements in tailpipe
  • Radio aerial
  • EQ badging

  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED third brake light
  • Adaptive brake lights

  • Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control
  • Black air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Pre-entry climate control

  • Charging socket
  • Interior mirror with reading lamps in black and frameless
  • 3 pin charging cable plug
  • Illuminated front door sills with changeable cover
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Mode 3 charging cable 11 kW
  • 3 Spoke flat bottom leather multi function steering wheel with perforated leather in grip area
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Black roof lining
  • Rear armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Front seat backs luggage nets
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
  • Controller on centre console with chrome surround
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs

  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

  • Light and sight pack - A Class
  • Seat comfort pack - A Class
  • Mirror package - A Class

  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags
  • Black seatbelts
  • Active bonnet
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags

  • Sports seats with integrated headrests
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Manual height adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear head restraints
  • ISOFIX and top tether child seat fixing points in two outer rear seats

  • Urban guard vehicle protection system with immobiliser and interior protection
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Keyless entry lock/unlock
  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Keyless Go

  • Rear axle multi-link

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres

  • 18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels in titanium grey with highsheen finish

  • Tirefit sealant kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 330
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 195
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 7.4
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 105
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 22
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 10.6
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 14.8
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 40
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 14.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 15.7
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 66
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min: 74
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max: 64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 71
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 71
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 71
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb: 21.3
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb: 41
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 40
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 46
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 4.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb: 2.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 44

  • CO2 (g/km): 32
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: 0.133
  • HC: 0.018
  • NOx: 0.037
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 24
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 24
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 24

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.4
  • CC: 1332

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low: 29.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium: 47.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High: 51.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 256.8

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 28E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 92
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 218
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Premium
  • Coin Description: e
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 160
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 332
  • Engine Torque - NM: 450
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1620
  • Engine Power - BHP: 218
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.6
  • Top Speed: 146
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 45.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 1992
  • Height: 1440
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4419
  • Width: 1796
  • Wheelbase: 2729

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1680
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2155
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 35
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 310
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 475
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1125
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Designo metallic paint: £795

  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £595
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595
  • Metallic - Digital white: £595

  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Designo metallic - Patagonia red: £795

  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica - Black with red stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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