Mercedes Class A 250e: a Class A PHEV of 218 cumulative hp

Hello everyone: I am very happy to see you again after this big cut linked to the Coronavirus. We will start again in this year 2020 with a more beautiful machine in a very trendy category for this year, namely a plug-in hybrid, with the Mercedes Class A 250 e. It’s the little “e” that changes everything since the Class A 250 is a “normal” petrol car, while with the little “e”, it therefore becomes a plug-in hybrid with a 1 engine, 3 l 160 hp turbo petrol developed jointly with Renault, associated with a 102 hp electric motor, all for a cumulative power of 218 hp. The Class A has for “natural” competition the Audi A3, and precisely the 4th generation of The upcoming A3 will of course also exist as a plug-in hybrid with versions of 204 and 245 hp (these are the same engines as the Golf 8 GTE). There will also be a BMW 1 Series, the other natural competitor of the A-Class, in a plug-in hybrid with a priori the same engine as the 225 Xe Series. No known competition on the other hand among the French … We were able to measure this Class A 250 e, and in particular its electric autonomy, which suddenly became an important criterion, we see that at the end.

Mercedes Classe A 250e: specific functions in addition, a little less trunk

Inside, we find ourselves in a normal Class A except for a few details such as the displays typical of rechargeable hybrids, including energy flows or remaining electric autonomy. Among the driving modes, there are also specific modes including 100% electric or a “battery level” mode which allows charge maintenance, but not recharging while driving. The paddles on the steering wheel allow in electric mode to vary the intensity of the energy recovery when lifting the foot, with an automatic mode very well done. The presentation quality is flattering and we also have a successful high-tech side, both visually and by one of the best voice commands on the market. At the rear, nothing special for the passengers who keep good habitability in the category.

Mercedes A-Class 250e PHEV 2020 dashboard
Mercedes A-Class 250e PHEV 2020 dashboard

Mercedes Class A 250e: nice but not perfect

Behind the wheel of this Class A 250 e, plug-in hybrid, there is good, bad and surprising. We have a Class A which makes 218 hp and 450 Nm of torque but there is no question of talking about sports: in the range, the sports are the 35 AMGs of 300 hp or the thunderous 45 AMG. Here, it is much wiser: the vocation of this car is to make you consume as little as possible if you take the trouble to recharge the battery. In terms of performance, the good surprise is that there is very little difference between a full battery and an empty battery. For 0 to 100 km / h, we are at 7 seconds full batteries and 7.2 seconds empty batteries. This means that Mercedes always keeps a little energy in the battery to give that electric boost that helps the heat engine. There is also a good surprise in terms of the chassis, even if the car is 200 kg heavier than the thermal versions: we are at more than 1700 kg here! We expected something firm, but ultimately in our configuration with 18-inch wheels and no piloted suspensions, we have a more comfortable configuration with a better compromise than the versions we had in AMG Line and wheels 19 inches and were firm. On the other hand, the start of the combustion engine in hybrid mode is too noisy, especially with the premium positioning of the car. In the small details, since a premium car, it will be found in the small details, we have a very well calibrated variable energy recovery, but there is a counterpart: the brake pedal has a fairly variable consistency and with almost each new braking, you have to adapt. We will end up with the very pleasant surprise, that of electric autonomy: we come to it right away.

Mercedes A-Class 250e PHEV 2020 profile
Mercedes A-Class 250e PHEV 2020 profile

Mercedes Class A 250e: 56 km of electric autonomy and a bonus of € 2,000

Indeed, we have measured no less than 56 km in fully electric autonomy, which constitutes an excellent score, to date one of the best all plug-in hybrids combined in our database. The 71 km announced by Mercedes have certainly not been reached, but they allow this Class A 250 e to be eligible for the new € 2,000 bonus since the car does not exceed € 50,000. At the 43,550 € price excluding option of our test model, you can therefore subtract € 2,000 and this Class A 250 e suddenly becomes cheaper than the Class A 220d of 190 hp. We currently do not have the prices of new competitors from Audi, BMW or Volkswagen, so it is impossible to compare. Note, however, that the entire A family will receive this plug-in hybrid configuration: the A-Class sedan, the CLA,