The Mercedes Benz A Class was first introduced in 1997 and a totally new second generation was introduced in 2004. The A class has a good following in Britain with many owners praising its spacious and versatile cabin, making it ideal for families who want something a little different from the norm but with added bonus of Mercedes prestige. The ride and handling are good but by no means class leading. The A class makes an ideal city car thanks to its small dimensions which make parking a breeze. Both petrol and diesel engines offer good performance whilst the diesels in particular are very efficient.