Unrecognisable from the model it replaces, the new A-Class is longer, wider and slicker. It is not only one of the best-looking hatchbacks around but it is the most affordable car with a three-pointed star. Power for the new A-Class comes from a 1.8-litre, 2.0 litre and 2.5 petrol engine. Diesel engines include 1.8 and 2.0 litre. The engines are punchy and responsive and there is a good blend of performance and handling. A full-blown AMG sports version with all wheel drive and a whopping 350bhp will arrive at the end of the year.
Starting Price: €28,865
Our Opinion: The A-Class impresses with its beautiful sculptured lines, innovative interior and balanced poise. Mercedes’ entry-level model is everything a small Benz should be and while it may have taken three generations to get there, the new A- Class should finally worry rivals.