Sequels are rarely better than the original, are they? And when you string an idea out for a third or fourth instalment, it’s usually a sign of a once-grand idea that’s long past its sell-by date.
On first inspection, it can certainly seem that way with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The original (sold during 1998-2005) was remarkably innovative, and even its successor (2005-2012) did things differently to – and in some ways better than – the competition.
But the third-generation model (2012-2018) was rather less recommendable. More stylish and mainstream, yes, and a considerable sales success to boot. But, objectively, it was never a match for its main foes, the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series.
Which brings us right up to the present day and this fourth-generation A-Class. Logic might lead you to assume that it's probably nothing special but, without wanting to give too much away, that isn’t the case at all. In fact, it’s really rather good.
Read on for everything you could want to know about the latest A-Class, including what it's like to drive, how practical it is, the engines and trims that make the most sense and the options worth considering.
And if you decide you want to buy one, we can help you with that, too. Just click here for our latest deals.