Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Logical and modern cockpit layout
  • A marvel for people who love touchscreens
  • Intuitive media controls, including voice

The interior of this car is shared with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback, and that is a great starting point. Unlike the previous-generation car, it’s a cutting-edge set-up that makes the most of this car’s twin-screen digital set-up. Depending on the model you choose, there’s a choice between a 7.0-inch driver’s screen and 10.25-inch main display, or a pair of 10.25-inch displays.

Digital finery aside, the A-Class Saloon’s interior is a minimallist’s delight, with a simple dashboard (offering a choice of trims and mood lighting options), and a high centre console dividing the driver from the passenger. It’s classy and elegant to look at and a massive step forward over the old A- and CLA-Class.

You get a choice of seats with the Sport model getting a very conventional set of pews. The AMG Line models get a single-piece driver’s seat with integrated head rests, and are much more sculpted to keep you anchored in through the corners. Either option is a good one – the seats are comfortable and supportive, and great places in which to undertake long journeys.

Brilliant infotainment controls once mastered

We’re a big fan of the infotainment set-up in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon. You get multiple choices to control it – either through the touchpad control in the centre console or via the touch-sensitive touchpads on the steering wheel. It takes some time getting used to it, but once mastered, this set-up is logical enough. But more than that, it means you can avoid stabbing at a touchscreen. Rejoice!

In addition, you can also use the innovative ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control system, known as MBUX. It’s one of the best voice control systems we’ve encountered, and inno time at all, you’ll be controlling your sat-nav or climate control.

Is it comfortable?

  • Ride quality is excellent
  • Low overall levels of noise
  • Seats are supportive

There’s no doubt that Mercedes-Benz has concentrated on the refinement of this car, and on the whole, the company has delivered a quiet, comfortable and relaxing small saloon. Highlights of this car are the restful ride (even on sports suspension) and that it’s compliant and handles the worst the British road network can throw at it.

Optional features, which add to the car’s overall comfort include heated/cooled seats and a massage function. Definitely worth the extra if you’re a high-mileage driver. There’s also an Energizing system, which gives you options for your interior lighting and ambience.

At speed, it’s hushed thanks to low levels of road, wind and road noise – which goes a long way to justifying its premium price (it costs more than the gargantuan Skoda Superb for instance).