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2020 BMW 1 Series vs Mercedes A-Class review – what's the best premium family car? | What Car?

With a new Audi A3 Sportback reaching the UK soon, what is the current premium family car king? We put the outstanding handling of the new BMW 1 Series up against the tech extravaganza on offer in the Mercedes A-Class to find out

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  • What Car?
    April 18, 2020

    So which would you have: BMW 1 Series or Mercedes A-Class?
    And yes, this was filmed long before the lockdown began!

  • Awais Ali
    May 14, 2020

    Mercedes defo losing their touch in regards to build quality which is disappointing

  • xXMrnobodyXx
    May 25, 2020

    Great Review! Keep them coming

  • Sun Delight
    May 30, 2020

    The bmw looks horrible like its put on weight in the lockdown. Glad i went for the Merc!

  • mpourmpoulithra2011
    June 1, 2020

    i prefer mercedes

  • Kindhesten Kaj
    June 1, 2020

    Who buys a diesel- or petrolcar in 2020.

  • lucas szczukiewicz
    June 5, 2020

    The A class comes with 1.5 dci Renault diesel engine, dont you think that's a fact worth mentioning ?

  • Never Mind
    June 5, 2020

    I have got a 118i AUTO Msport. I am certain it quicker than 8.5 – 60 more like 7-7.5. I got it in black as I am not a huge fan of the design but in black looks great. I prefer the top end a class tbf but msport is much cheaper to get into than amg line, thats why i went for bmw. If you are thinking about buying 1 you wont regret it!

  • Robert Connors
    June 14, 2020

    I'd have the 1 series, I bought a new a class last year and hated it!

  • Daniel Hendry
    June 16, 2020

    How can you call these 2 a family car

  • Colin
    June 17, 2020

    BMW looks like a Ford Focus so just looks cheap. Owned the last 1 series and it was awful to drive and badly built. Currently own a CLA and the interior and exterior are in a different league. A Class and CLA are great to drive. The only area BMW are better (basing this on my experience of the new 3 series) is the auto gear box, which is a lot more responsive.

  • Adrian
    June 17, 2020

    Why would you shake your car interior tho

  • Ian Burgess
    June 23, 2020

    Why on earth assess two diesels? Makes no sense.

  • Ian Burgess
    June 23, 2020

    Do either have speed sensitive steering?

  • Ivan L
    June 27, 2020

    They are both ugly… Just buy volkswagen golf gti and save money!

  • AdoreASMR
    July 2, 2020

    Prefer the 1 series however the older shape 1 series is much nicer…all these new cars are starting to look the exact same…and boring 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • CelebrityFizz
    July 3, 2020

    They're both great car companies but the average BMW owner drives far more aggresively than the average Mercedes owner (racing, excessive lane changing, tailgating etc) Mercedes drivers are generally pretty cool and BMW drivers often act like jerks on the road, which is why many people choose Mercedes, regardless of the relative attributes of the cars. Sorry if I've offended anyone but it's the truth a lot of the time.

  • Kithuni
    July 6, 2020

    You mad? Mercedes rules!

  • xuchia117
    July 6, 2020

    Amazing review, really liking these guys videos of recent

  • Salih Eren Yuceturk
    July 7, 2020

    Great review. No wasting time and informative.

  • Orfan Productions
    July 7, 2020

    Don't car how good the 1-Series is…….. it is one helluva ugly car!!!

  • Antony Beardsley
    July 10, 2020

    Does this new version still have offset pedals.?

  • C
    July 10, 2020

    The Merc interior looks naff in my opinion 😕

  • Omar S
    July 11, 2020

    Bmw makes the driver feel more connected. Just reordered mine in m sport, storm bay colour.

  • MaCertoComeNo
    July 16, 2020

    BMW is good if you plan to keep it for 2-3 years.
    My last F10 5-Series required one or more (expensive) repair every year after the 3rd, in different compartments like if the whole system was built and tested to last only a few years… after 7 years and 130k kms I had to sell it.
    If you want a reliable car to keep for more than 3-4 years (or if you buy a used one), never choose BMW

  • Donna Pritchard
    July 19, 2020

    Got my bmw 1 series Wednesday last week. Love it.

    July 31, 2020

    Mercedes A class is much better looking car inside and outside

  • Ian Burgess
    August 5, 2020

    How much did BMW pay for this review?

  • D Pana
    August 18, 2020

    Bmw for me any time thank you

  • Sun Delight
    August 23, 2020

    Im glad i brought the A class love it for its design and interior bmw 1 series the old one yes but new one no thanks.

  • wolfe1970
    August 31, 2020

    Just like to point out you now get 2*10.25" screens on all models except the base model of the A class, i just picked up my A200 Line Exclusive and came with 2*10.25" screens, Absolutely love the car btw, what a piece of engineering, 163hp from a 1.3 coupled with the 7 speed twin clutch auto, great great car.

  • memet ozturk
    September 2, 2020

    a class looks better

  • rob peake
    September 6, 2020

    That mercedes looks years ahead of that plastic bmw…. Bmw choice of the local drug dealer

  • thejjzz
    September 7, 2020

    I picked up the A class sedan. Both A class and 1 series are pretty damn good cars, but unfortunately there's no sedan option in 1 class. At least in my country.

  • Paul Johnson
    October 5, 2020

    A Class all the way for me.

  • Brizy TV
    October 24, 2020

    It is a matter of choice between showing off and real quality. I sit down in both cars and found build quality and driving were better in 1 series. BUT that futuristic dashboard in A class is astonishing. Build quality was very disappointing though. So choice is yours. Better look from grimps vs real better quality

  • Claude Gaskell
    November 8, 2020

    2020 BMW 118 Vs MK4 focus what would you recommend?

  • Jamie Speight
    November 12, 2020

    I got a 1 series a week weeks back and the BMW is wayyy more fun to drive

  • M Moochy
    November 14, 2020

    I would like to correct something as I drove both cars

    B180 has 1.3 petrol 4 cylinders, I think dct but never jerks yet you can hear noise from doors (rattling) some noise on the highway, but very comfortable to drive and really super premium.

    118i 1.5 turbo dct is jerky in traffic not on the highway also very tough start stop combined with auto hold makes stopping and go sluggish, yet amazing handling no rattles super quiet on highway (better than benz)

    Final verdict: benz for the level of comfort and effortless driving experience, I'm also 40 if you are 20 and rich get the BMW

  • Joe 90 Roll2003
    November 14, 2020

    Sorry but the Mercedes A class for me!! And the dash in the Mercedes kills it!!

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