Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Decent legroom, front and rear
  • Rather tight on headroom in the back
  • Large boot is easy to access

If you go into the A-Class Saloon expecting it to be a cramped compact executive saloon, you're in for a pleasant surprise. In terms of overall space inside, it's very similar to the  A-Class Hatchback it's based on, which means lots of legroom front and rear, and masses of rearward travel for the front seats. It's bright and airy inside, especially if you spec it with a panoramic roof.

In the rear, things aren't quite as rosy. Yes, it has decent leg and kneeroom in the rear, unless you have the fronts pushed right back. Headroom, though, is tight, which is a trait that's not shared with the Hatchback. You'd be hard pushed to consider this car a five seater, though - it's a comfortable four seater, and should be judged as such.

Boot space is adequate, with a luggage capacity of 405 litres with the rear seats in place. This drops to 315 litres for the A 250 e plug-in hybrid, because the battery pack is under the boot floor. The opening is wide and low, with a flat floor and nicely concealed boot hinges. The rears fold down with 40/20/40 split for additional flexibility.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2020) boot open

Will it fit in my garage?

It's a sign of how cars are growing in general that the A-Class is larger than the C-Class from two generations is. But no matter, with a length of 4,549mm and a width of 1,992mm (including door mirrors) it's well sized for the average UK garage and parking space, although rear visibility leaves a little to be desired – especially so if you've not optioned parking sensors or a rear-view camera.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating for hatchback sister car
  • Lots of standard safety equipment
  • Options include brilliant Distronic adaptive cruise control

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback has received a full five-star Euro NCAP rating, which is as you'd expect from Mercedes-Benz – as the Saloon has not been individually tested yet, and is very closely based on that car, this is a great indicator of overall safety levels.

Standard-fit LED headlights, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and a speed limit recognition system are all highly effective in helping the A-Class Saloon avoid incident and accident in the first place.

Optional safety equipment

In addition, a £1,495 Driving Assist package adds the following features:

Most of this tech is taken from grander models in the Mercedes-Benz range, and effectively will drive semi-autonomously on the motorway. As a safety system, this is brilliant, as it introduces much-needed sneeze factor.

Watch: Mercedes-Benz A-Class Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • 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
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

AMG equipment

AMG standard equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sports seats
AMG optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Sports seats
AMG Line optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Heated seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 91%
Vulnerable Road Users: 92%
Safety Assist: 75%

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.