Mercedes-Benz A-class review - does facelift bring the fight back to rivals? - Mercedes-Benz A-class interior and tech
A conventional hatch now, the A-class fights hard in the premium hatchback class
The A-Class interior is amongst the best in the business. Even in range-entry spec, touch points are good and everything feels nice and solid. Increased options for customisation from 2015 see range-topping variants boasting added leather and better materials.
Also now available is an optional 20.3cm nav screen, which ensures that the tech onboard the A-Class easily stays alongside a well specified BMW 1-series. Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink have also now been added.
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The textures, from the soft touch plastics on the door handles to the smooth tactile finishes on the control surfaces and column stalks, the A-class feels reassuringly premium, even if the odd iffy plastic creeps in out of sight.
It’s pretty tight in the cabin for space, though; it's fine for those up front, the driving position good with plenty of adjustment, but in the rear head- and legroom aren’t at the more generous end of the spectrum. An A3 Sportback is more accommodating and less claustrophobic, while access (even though the A-class is exclusively five-door) isn’t particularly easy to the back, either.
Unusually for Mercedes-Benz the boot is the smallest in its class, it giving away a handful of litres to its key rivals.
In This Review
- 1Mercedes-Benz A-class review - does facelift bring the fight back to rivals?
- 2Mercedes-Benz A-class performance and 0-60mph time
- 3Mercedes-Benz A-class engine and gearbox
- 4Mercedes-Benz A-class ride and handling
- 5Mercedes-Benz A-class MPG and running costs
- 6Mercedes-Benz A-class interior and tech - currently reading
- 7Mercedes-Benz A-class design