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MERCEDES-BENZ A CLASS HATCHBACK

A250e AMG Line Executive 5dr Auto

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If you're looking at an upper-spec Mercedes A-Class, you have to consider this A 250e plug-in version, thinks Jonathan Crouch.

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions23.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed146mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25" media display
  • 180 degree rear view camera with parking guidelines
  • 7" colour screen in instrument panel
  • Active lane keep assist
  • Active park assist with parktronic system including front and rear parking sensors
  • Attention assist
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Direct steering
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual in English
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Setup
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Trip computer
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • 2 USB ports (type C) in rear stowage compartment and one in front of center console
  • 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Mercedes-Benz sound system - 100W

Exterior Features

  • 4 Electric Front and Rear windows
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG bodystyling - Front apron with splitter in chrome, rear apron with chrome trim and chrome visible trim elements in tailpipe
  • Black weather strip
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour side skirt
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Chrome beltline
  • Diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and silver louvre + chrome insert
  • Electric adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
  • EQ badging
  • Exhaust system - Twin visible tailpipes in polished stainless steel
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • LED third brake light
  • Privacy glass
  • Radio aerial
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wiper
  • Window line trim strip in chrome

Interior Features

  • 3 Spoke flat bottom leather multi function steering wheel with perforated leather in grip area
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • Artico man-made leather/Microfibre Dinamica upholstery with red contrast stitching
  • Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
  • Black air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Charging socket
  • Controller on centre console with chrome surround
  • Floor mats with stitched edging and AMG lettering
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Front seat backs luggage nets
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • ISOFIX and top tether child seat fixing points in two outer rear seats
  • Manual height adjustable front seats
  • Mode 3 charging cable 11 kW
  • Pre-entry climate control
  • Rear head restraints
  • Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
  • Spectacles compartment for driver
  • Sports seats with integrated headrests
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control

Packs

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

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Active bonnet
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Black seatbelts
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and passenger head and side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • ESP with ASR
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front brake callipers with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Perforated front brake discs
  • Radar based regeneration
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Window airbags

Security

  • Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
  • Keyless Go
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

Technical

  • 7.4 kW monophase on board charger
  • Comfort suspension
  • Rear axle multi-link

Trim

  • Dinamica microfibre trim in black

Wheels

  • 18" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels in titanium grey with highsheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit sealant kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty
    70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    15.6
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)
    330
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change
    10-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW
    7.4
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)
    195
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change
    10-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)
    105
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change
    10-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW
    22
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Right Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km
    14.8
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles
    40
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    62000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    6
  • Usable Battery Capacity
    10.6
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    74
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - TEH
    64
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - TEL
    74
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    46
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - TEH
    40
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - TEL
    46
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    15.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    14.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    4.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb
    17.9
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.5
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    70
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH
    70
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL
    71
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH
    44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL
    44

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.096
  • CO2 (g/km)
    32
  • HC
    0.016
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    65
  • NOx
    0.013
  • Particles
    0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    23
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    24
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    23

Engine and Drive Train

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

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    42.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    52.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    33.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    47.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    282.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    218
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    e
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Executive
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    31E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    92
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

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

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1452
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4419
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1796
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1992

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    35
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2155
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1125
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    310
  • Max. Loading Weight
    480
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1675
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11
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Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

"6 months ago"

Lewis Higginson

Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"2 months ago"

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"5 months ago"

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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