Since 1997 the A-Class nameplate has been reserved for hatchbacks, but now a saloon version of the baby Mercedes has been launched on our shores. But fear not, the A-Class will still be available as a hatchback, but a more traditional three-box variant will also be available.

Priced from £27,875 for the A 180 d Sport, and £28,095 for the A 200 Sport, the A-Class saloon is available to buy now in two trim levels: Sport and AMG Line.

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Much like the best-selling hatchback, and like you would expect from Mercedes, the A-Class Saloon comes well-specced as standard. A seven-speed automatic gearbox is the standard transmission choice, and tech features such as twin seven-inch displays (including a central touchscreen with MBUX multimedia system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation); comfort suspension; DAB radio; 17-inch alloy wheels; Artico and Fléron fabric upholstery; automatic two-zone climate control; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Speed Limit Assist; and Keyless-Go starting function – all of which are factory fitted on the entry-level Sport model.

Opt for the slightly more upmarket AMG Line model and you can add 8-inch AMG alloy wheels; AMG bodystyling; Artico and Dinamica microfibre upholstery; and a three-spoke sports steering wheel.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan

There is a pair of engine choices, too. The 180 d comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which produces 116 bhp and 191.77 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers up to 68.9 mpg on a combined cycle, and emits 110 g/km of CO2. The 180 d model has a top speed of 125 mph, and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 10.5 seconds. The A 200 model is powered by a 1.3-litre petrol engine which puts out 163 bhp and 184.39 lb-ft of torque, delivering up to 51.4 mpg and emits 121 g/km of CO2.

Option packages include the Executive equipment package costs, which at a cost of  £1,395 upgrades the standard seven-inch central touchscreen media display to a 10.25-inch display, as well as adding Active Parking Assist with Parktronic; heated front seats; and Mirror package.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan

For an additional £2,395, the Premium equipment line which also adds a 10.25-inch cockpit display, as well as 64-colour ambient lighting; illuminated door sills; Keyless-Go; upgraded sound system; and a rear armrest. The Premium Plus equipment line (costing £3,595) includes both the Premium and Executive lines, but also adds electrically-operated seats with memory function for the driver and front passenger; multibeam LED head lights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus; and a panoramic sunroof.

Finally, the Advanced Navigation package adds augmented reality into the onboard satellite navigation, which uses a camera located at the top of the windscreen to overlay the navigation display with the actual road ahead on the infotainment screen. The package also includes Traffic Sign Assist which automatically reads road signs. The Advanced Navigation package costs £495, but is only available in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus equipment lines.

Gallery: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon