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Our Fleet Test Drive: Mercedes A-Class - 11th Report

Date: 18 February 2014   |   Author: Guy Bird

An A-class featuring a suspension set for comfort rather than sport illustrated what we'd been missing
Mileage: 10,180
P11D price: £24,910
Our average consumption: 43.9mpg
Official combined consumption: 65.7mpg
Forecast CPM: 52.7p

After living with a Mercedes A-class Sport with added sports suspension for five months, largely on the decidedly unsporting speed-bumped and potholed roads of south London, I'd come to the conclusion a bit more comfort under the seat might be good.

Armed with that hard-won knowledge and knowing there was an alternative, I sought a comparison with an A-class featuring comfort suspension.

Such an A-class duly arrived - somewhat paradoxically kitted out in go-faster AMG Sport trim, bigger 18-inch alloys and still with a lowered ride height - but in a week it proved considerably more comfortable than my long-term non-AMG but still Sport-trimmed 17-inch alloyed vehicle with the £290 Dynamic Handling Package fitted.

The latter option firms up springs and dampers - great if you're whizzing round a track or traversing a super-smooth continental mountain pass where EU money has been spent on lots of new tarmac, but back in Blighty after a cold and rainy winter has wreaked havoc with the road surfaces and where not enough of those holes have been filled, I'd go for comfort every time.


  • Stand-out looks, interior quality
  • Multiple dealer visits, sport suspension