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Parkers overall rating: 3.2 out of 5 3.2
  • Score five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests
  • One of the safest hatchbacks available
  • Optional kit to bolster safety

There’s little argument that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is one of the safest cars in this segment, as acknowledged by its five-star score by the crash-test experts at Euro NCAP.

As standard it comes with seven airbags, driving fatigue warning and radar-controlled collision prevention that brakes the car automatically if the system thinks a crash is imminent – no surprise given Mercedes’ decades-old commitment to improving standards and preserving life.

There’s a wealth of optional safety kit available that Mercedes has usefully bundled together, as described in the Equipment section, but you can also individually specify LED headlamps with automatic main beam and adaptive cruise control to maintain a steady gap to the vehicle in front.

  • Interior and boot space aren’t strong points
  • Reasonable number of storage cubbies
  • Five-door bodywork; no three-door this time

Buyers on the look-out for a premium hatchback are a picky bunch, and along with the cachet of the Mercedes badge, a comfortable ride, solid performance and fuel consumption they’ll want a quality interior with bags of space.

The A-Class does offer a decent amount of space for the driver and front passenger but it doesn’t have much legroom in the back and the boot is surprisingly small – practicality isn’t a strong point of this Mercedes.

The luggage compartment is a bit short and not particularly deep although the bootlip is helpfully shallow. There’s some extra space available underneath the boot floor but the chunky rear lamp clusters eat into the width, restricting the size of the rear aperture.

With the rear seats in place there’s 341 litres of space, expanding to 1,157 litres with both sections of the standard 60:40 split bench folded over.

The awkwardly-shaped rear doors seem somewhat restrictive because of the sloping roof and the intrusive wheelarches. There’s storage space in the central tunnel behind the gearlever – automatic models have an extra space where the manual’s lever is located – a couple of cupholders in front and averagely-sized door cubbies as well as a glovebox that’s not exactly capacious, either.

Forward visibility is fine, but the small rear window and chunky pillars can cause a few problems when you are trying to reverse park.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class (13-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • 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
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front electric windows
  • Lumbar support
  • Steel wheels
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Sat Nav

250 AMG WhiteArt equipment

250 AMG WhiteArt standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
250 AMG WhiteArt optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

AMG equipment

AMG standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
AMG Line optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Sat Nav

AMG Night Edition equipment

AMG Night Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG Night Edition optional equipment
  • Lumbar support

AMG Sport equipment

AMG Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
AMG Sport optional equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav

AMG Yellow Night Edition equipment

AMG Yellow Night Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
AMG Yellow Night Edition optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Headlight washers

Engineered by AMG equipment

Engineered by AMG standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Engineered by AMG optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav

Motorsport equipment

Motorsport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Motorsport optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Sport Edition equipment

Sport Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sport Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

WhiteArt equipment

WhiteArt standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
WhiteArt optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class (13-18) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 81%
Vulnerable Road Users: 67%
Safety Assist: 86%

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.