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If you’re after a premium hatchback that’s packed with tech, you can’t go wrong with a Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It’s a seriously popular lease thanks to its attractive pricing and wide range of trim levels. But when it comes to the latter, which one should you go for?
When you lease, your monthly payments are based primarily on the car’s future value. That means if you’re after an A-Class with a good trim level, you’ll often find you’ll pay less than other forms of new car finance, because more premium model will be worth more in the future.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at the entire line-up of Mercedes A-Class trims for 2021/22. We’ve included the key features of each, and they are ordered from entry-level to range-topping model. But first, let’s take a look at the range as a whole.
What’s the best Mercedes-Benz A-Class trim level?
The best A-Class trim level for you will depend on your individual requirements, but the range is split into three distinct models: SE (entry-level), Sport (mid-range) and AMG Line (top of the range). However, Sport and AMG Line models are also split into Editions, which again add extra features and options.
There is Sport Executive Edition, AMG Line Executive Edition, AMG Line Premium Edition and AMG Line Premium Plus Edition. The current range-topping model is the AMG Line Premium Plus Edition. The A-Class trim levels available in 2021/2022 include:
- Sport Executive Edition
- AMG Line Edition (250e only)
- AMG Line Executive Edition
- AMG Line Premium Edition
- AMG Line Premium Plus Edition
Mercedes-Benz A-Class SE
The SE is the entry-level A-Class, but don’t think for a second it isn’t a well specified car; it is a Mercedes after all. Standard equipment includes 16in alloy wheels, a diamond-style grille with black pins, LED daytime running lights, a rear reversing camera, heated front seats and a keyless go start function. Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system is also included, with two 7in displays fitted to the entry-level SE.
As far as engines go, there are two options on offer – a 1.3-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel. They can both be specified as a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. As for safety, you get features such as lane keep assist, attention assist and active brake assist as standard, although you won’t find as much tech to keep you safe as on other A-Classes though.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sport
The Sport model offers a step up from the SE, with the alloy wheels increasing to 17in and featuring a more sporty design. You’ll also find chrome trim pieces as well as LED high performance headlights on the exterior. Inside, the Sport adds Mercedes’ Thermotronic automatic climate control.
There’s a different leather steering wheel too, with multi-function controls and a silver bezel. The trim looks a little different too, featuring a carbon-effect look. The instrument panel and infotainment system both remain 7in in diameter, while cruise control, and the same safety features as the SE also feature.
The Sport is available with both the 1.3-litre and 2.0-litre diesels, but the pair can now be specified with more power. The diesel is available with either 116hp or 150hp, while the petrol can be specified as 136hp or 163hp. Both are available with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sport Executive Edition
The A-Class Sport Executive Edition uses Sport trim as its base, but adds some further features and tech – some of which is a worthwhile upgrade. The most notable addition is the 10.25in MBUX touchscreen, which replaces the 7in unit in the SE and Sport. The system is slick to use and adds extra smartphone integration that makes it easier to connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The alloy wheels also increase to 18in, while you’ll find nice touches like privacy glass and the mirror package – the latter introducing electronically folding door mirrors. The parking package is also standard, adding sensors and visual and audible warnings to the camera.
Engine and drivetrain options remain the same as the standard Sport model.
Mercedes-Benz AMG Line Executive Edition
The AMG Line Executive Edition is the first of several AMG Line models, and is specced accordingly. On the outside, you get AMG body styling that gives the car a more aggressive look. There’s 18in AMG-style alloy wheels too, while the radiator grille gets a sportier design as well. The Night package is also standard, which adds gloss black trim.
Inside, there are now 64 colours offered by the ambient lighting system, while the seats are upgraded to a sportier set and there’s a fresh three-spoke sport steering wheel. Being the Executive Edition, it gets the larger 10.25in touchscreen with smartphone integration, as well as the parking and mirror packs.
AMG Line Executive Edition introduces a number of extra engine options, including the A250 and A250e. The former is a 2.0-litre petrol producing 224hp, while the 250e is a hybrid offering a combined 218hp. The pair are only available in conjunction with an automatic gearbox. It’s also worth noting that the 250e is available in its own “AMG Line Edition” trim, but we think it’s worth opting for the extras you’d get with the Executive Edition.
Mercedes-Benz AMG Line Premium Edition
Keyless go is now complimented by Keyless entry, and the rear seats get an arm rest, while the front door sills feature an illuminated cover with “Mercedes-Benz” lettering. The biggest addition for Premium Edition is the 10.25in digital driver display. This is the model to go for if you want those two large screens in your car.
Engine and drivetrain options remain the same as the AMG Line Executive Edition.
Mercedes-Benz AMG Line Premium Plus Edition
The AMG Line Premium Plus Edition is the range-topping model of the standard A-Class range, and adds Mercedes’ new Multibeam LED headlight technology and adaptive high-beam assist system. It also benefits from a panoramic glass sunroof and safety takes a step up with automatic traffic sign recognition.
The Premium Plus Edition is available with all the engine and drivetrain options.
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