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Equipment

4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Sat-nav, Bluetooth and cruise control all standard
  • As are dual screens in 7.0-inch guise
  • Climate control and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto optional

Mercedes-Benz A-Class: will my gadgets work?

Mercedes-Benz A-Class standard equipment

The good news on the standard equipment front is that all cars come with the dual-screen setup that has been so heavily publicised in the A-Class’s marketing material.

That means that all three trim levels – SE, Sport and AMG Line – will benefit from a 7.0-inch central instrument display and a touchscreen display of the same size – unlike many rivals that only offer similar technology as an option.

Unlike conventional dials, the digital driver display lets you alternate between a full-screen sat-nav map view, traditional analogue dials and other options that may appeal to technophiles.

SE standard equipment

  • Sat-nav (with three years’ free live traffic information), MBUX voice activation media system with touchpad controller, DAB radio, USB connectivity and Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Active brake assist, active lane-keeping assist, attention assist, speed limit assist and Dynamic Select with four different drive programs – Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual
  • Cruise control, air-con, keyless ignition, multifunction leather sports steering wheel and halogen headlights with integral LED daytime running lamps
  • 16-inch five twin-spoke design alloy wheels, luggage nets on driver and front passenger backrests and an Artico man-made leather and Bertrix fabric upholstery interior

Sport standard equipment (in addition/replacement to SE)

  • Dual-zone climate control, LED high performance headlights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels – 10-spoke design
  • Dark carbon fibre look trim and Fléron fabric upholstery

AMG Line standard equipment

  • 18-inch AMG alloy wheels – five-twin-spoke design, AMG bodystyling consisting of AMG front apron with front splitter in chrome, a diamond radiator grille and AMG side sill panels and AMG rear apron with chrome trim and visible exhaust tailpipes
  • Artico man-made leather/Dinamica black microfibre upholstery with red contrast stitching and a three-spoke flat-bottom multifunction sport steering wheel in Nappa leather

Mercedes-Benz A-Class optional equipment

In addition to the standard kit on offer across the three trim levels, the A-Class is also available with a number of optional equipment packages. These include:

Executive equipment line (available on SE, Sport and AMG Line trims)

  • Mirror package – electrically folding exterior mirrors and automatically dimming driver’s side mirror and rear-view mirror
  • A 10.25-inch media display
  • Automatic parking with Parktronic (including front and rear parking sensors)
  • Heated front seats

Premium equipment line (available on Sport and AMG Line trims)

  • Executive equipment line kit
  • A 10.25-inch instrument cluster
  • 64-colour ambient lighting and illuminated door sills
  • Keyless entry
  • Upgraded sound system
  • A rear armrest

Premium Plus equipment (available on Sport and AMG Line trims)

  • Premium equipment line kit
  • Front memory seats
  • Multibeam LED headlights with adaptive high-beam assist plus
  • Panoramic glass sunroof (black roof lining as standard)

Advanced Navigation package (available on SE, Sport and AMG Line trims)

  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation – where superimposed highlight information, such as house numbers and street names, are overlaid on top of the a recorded image of the road ahead, displayed on the media display
  • Traffic sign recognition

Smartphone Connect package (available on SE, Sport and AMG Line trims)

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Digital key for smartphone (allowing the driver to use their smartphone as a key)
  • Wireless charging and connection via Bluetooth

Mercedes-Benz also offers a choice of five colours on the A-Class, consisting of Polar White, Cosmos Black Metallic, Mountain Grey Metallic, Jupiter Red and Iridium Silver Metallic. 

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
AMG Line optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
SE optional equipment
  • Heated seats

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Sport optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats

Safety

4.8 out of 5 4.8
  • No Euro NCAP safety rating score as yet
  • A-Class boasts raft of accident-avoiding safety kit
  • Two easily accessible Isofix points fitted as standard

Mercedes A-Class: will my Isofix child seats fit?

As we’ve come to expect from Mercedes, the A-Class is packed with what it calls Intelligent Drive systems designed to help the driver avoid potential accidents. The list of technology is comprehensive, and includes:

  • Active emergency brake assist – brakes the vehicle to a standstill within its lane if it detects no input on the steering wheel during a pre-defined time and after multiple visual and acoustic warnings
  • Active lane change assist – capable of automatically changing the vehicle’s lane when either of the indicators are activated
  • Active distance assist Distronic (adaptive cruise control) with active steering assist – maintains a set distance (and maximum speed) to the vehicle in front, while also providing in-lane active steering assist
  • Active blindspot assist – warns the driver of the presence of another vehicle in the car’s blindspots. Also capable of alerting the driver to vehicles and bicycles approaching from behind as they are about to open their door
  • Autonomous emergency braking

The A-Class is yet to be tested by Euro NCAP, but is almost certain to get a five-star rating due to its raft of high-tech safety kit and previous form from the manufacturer.

How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback?

There are two Isofix points fitted as standard on the outer rear seats of the A-Class. Easily accessible, parents shouldn’t have any trouble attaching the car seats.

Interior & boot space

4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Enough cabin space for four adults
  • Boot capacity is now competitive with main rivals
  • Easy-to-access Isofix points on outer rear seats

Mercedes A-Class: will my family fit?

The lack of cabin space was a common complaint of the old A-Class, and is something that Mercedes has worked to improve in the 2018 model. Shoulder, elbow and headroom has been improved front and rear, meaning there’s now enough space for four adult occupants.

Head and legroom in the back is ample, although the middle seat is best suited to children thanks to the chunky central tunnel robbing legroom.

Boot bigger than before but still lags behind VW Golf

Luggage room has grown in the latest Mercedes A-Class, though it still can’t match the Volkswagen Golf for space at 370 litres compared with 380 for the VW.

The A-Class does slightly outsize the Audi A3 Sportback’s 365-litre luggage area, though, along with the 360-litre BMW 1 Series.

Decent storage space

The A-Class has enough storage space for the needs of most drivers, even if it lags behind what’s on offer in an Audi A3. Up front, the door pockets are a good size and there are two reasonably capacious cupholders in the centre console. The compartment under the armrest is fairly narrow but deep, while the glovebox is an average size.

In the back, there is a couple of smaller door pockets, fold-out cupholders and twin air vents behind the front armrest. 


Mercedes A-Class: will it fit in my garage?

All cars come with a standard reversing camera, making it relatively easy to manoeuvre the A-Class into tight spots. It is 14mm wider than the previous-generation car however, so owners looking to upgrade their old A-Class should double check that the new one fits comfortably in their garage. 


Mercedes A-Class: will my luggage fit?

The A-Class’s boot is a marked improvement over the previous-generation car, boasting an extra 29 litres of storage space with the rear seats in place and a load aperture that is 20cm wider. This means it’s easier to get awkward, wide objects in, as does the relatively small boot lip.

For longer items, the rear seats fold down almost flat in a 40:20:40 split, while arch intrusion is kept to a minimum. The boot also contains power sockets and hooks for storing shopping bags.

One unnecessary irritation is that the oversized, one-piece rear headrests are fixed, not only dramatically reducing rear visibility but also making it impossible to fold the rear seats down unless the front seats are quite far forward.

If the front seats are anything other than close to the wheel, therefore, you’ll either have to slide the seats forward or tilt them forward to allow you to drop the rear ones.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Lexus CT 375 litres
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback 360 litres
Audi A3 Hatchback (12-18) 325 litres
BMW 1-Series Convertible (08-13) 305 litres

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