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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Although the original A-Class was infamous for rolling during the 'Elk Test' before it was significantly re-engineered, expect high standards of safety in the new model. It achieved the maximum possible five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. A notable safety feature is the double layer floor which pushes the engine under the passenger compartment in the event of a frontal collision and there's plenty of safety equipment (although only four airbags as standard).

Mercedes doesn't provide dead-locks on its cars claiming these hamper rescue attempts in an accident scenario.

The interior has been thoughtfully developed to give decent load carrying ability. There's an adjustable height floor, giving the option of a deeper boot, or a lipless, flat-floor. The rear seats split and fold and can be totally flipped forward. Also there is the potential to store the rear seat-cushions under the floor in the boot. An optional system also allows the rear seatbacks to be removed and the front passenger seat to be folded flat or removed as well.

With 435 litres (in both the three and five-door) the boot area is considerably larger than the Audi A3 Sportback and BMW 1-Series.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class (05-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Avantgarde SE equipment

Avantgarde SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
Avantgarde SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows

Classic equipment

Classic standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
Classic optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Classic SE equipment

Classic SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Steel wheels
Classic SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Classis SE equipment

Classis SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Steel wheels
Classis SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control

Elegance SE equipment

Elegance SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
Elegance SE optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

Special Edition equipment

Special Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
Special Edition optional equipment
  • Steel wheels

Turbo equipment

Turbo standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Turbo optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows

Euro NCAP Rating

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class (05-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.