The Mercedes A-Class has a range of engines on offer.
Petrol-wise, you can opt for the turbocharged 1.3-litre A180, or slightly more powerful 161bhp A200. Upgrade to the 2.0-litre A250 for 221bhp for even more fun, or go for a frugal diesel with the A180d or A200d, offering 114bhp or 148bhp respectively.
If you want to throw sensibility out the window, there's always the sporty 302bhp AMG A35, or, if that's still erring too far on the side of normal, the 415bhp AMG A45.
For an A-Class that's kinder on your wallet and on the environment, the fourth-gen brings with it a plug-in hybrid variant, which pairs the 1.3-litre petrol engine with a 15.6kWh battery for a claimed range of 40 miles on the electric motor alone.
If you drive with a little care and keep the A-Class topped up as you would your smartphone, you'll be able to tackle the daily commute on the electric motor alone.
But the fuel consumption on all the A-Class models is much better compared to older variants, thanks to the new engines, lighter weight, and low drag - less than a person on a bicycle. Mercedes have obsessed over every little detail on the A-Class, down to the lettering on the tyres standing out no more than 0.2mm.
You can feel this attention to detail in every aspect of the hatchback, from the drive to the safety kit to the dashboard.
When it comes to dynamics, the A-Class sits firmly in the middle of the class; you know it's a family car, but it's still good fun when you floor it down the motorway.
Opt for an AMG A-Class and you'll get even more of an exhilarating response as you veer into hot-hatch territory.