The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A stylish, sleek sophisticated family car

Starting price: £23,085

Pros

Enormous touchscreen/dashboard

3 boosters in the rear

Large boot

Plenty of storage

Cons

Pricey

Boot isn’t hands free

Intro

Mercedes-Benz certainly know how to make an everyday necessity such as driving, a fabulous experience (yes, even with the kids in the back!)  We drove the Executive hatchback petrol in automatic, which is the standard entry level. The drive was smooth and the car felt easy to handle on the road.  It could also really move when we wanted it to!  The look, as you would expect from Mercedes, is stylish and slick, they just know how to make cars look classy.

Interior

Once you sit yourself inside the car, your eye is immediately drawn to the dashboard.  It is the feature that makes Mercedes-Benz cars so distinguishable internally. One long digital display that incorporates both the onboard touchscreen navigation/radio in the centre with the speedometer and rev counter.  It looks so luxurious, you feel like you’re driving a lavish car with an air of elegance/sophistication.

The central screen is an enormous 10.25 inch and can be operated by touch or a pad conveniently located with a support rest for your wrist in between the front seats.  Whichever you choose, they’re both easy to use and you’ll find navigating through the computer a piece of cake.  However, you can always opt to use the voice control if you’d prefer.  By beginning your request with the words “hey Mercedes… ” you can talk to the car and tell it what you want it to do (and it won’t answer you back!) Over a period of time, it will even predict your personal habits (apparently due to its artificial intelligence) and start doing things for you – shame it doesn’t apply to the kids!  Mercedes-Benz boast their new MBUX (Mercedes Benz User Experience) will make your driving experience, a unique one. It will learn your habits (hopefully the good ones) and “get to know you” the more you drive the car remembering your preferred driving mode, radio stations, songs etc and have these all ready for you on the digital display! The screen itself is crystal clear and we loved the clarity of the rear-view camera, accompanied on the right of the screen with a view of the parking sensors.  The electric folding mirrors are a great size, so you’ll have no problem parking the A Class.

Like most cars, everything is also operational on the steering wheel and smartphone integration comes as standard

Seats & Passenger Space

In the model we drove, the seats were a combination of leather and wipeable, synthetic fabric.  However, you can opt for leather seats meaning spills, crumbs and stains are easier to wipe – hooray! Heated seats are also an option and 2 ISOFIX points come as standard in the back.  We managed to fit a rear facing baby seat and large booster seat on the rear bench, but you’ll struggle to squeeze a third child in the middle with this combination.  However, 3 child seats (2 large and a smaller seat in the centre) would quite easily fit in the back.

Cups & Cubby

The front cup holders are in front of the touch pad, meaning reaching for your morning coffee is easy and well within your eye level.  We love it when they’re positioned here.  The door bins accommodate a water bottle and are a great size, the glove box is also perfectly adequate.  Mercedes-Benz obviously like to keep their interiors looking neat and tidy (an unfamiliar concept to kids) and have provided a convenient roll back cover to hide the front cupholders and small tray for phones and keys.  There’s extra storage in the arm rest too, which pops open at the touch of a button!  USB ports can be found in the front and back too.

Boot Space

The boot is a great size for a smaller car at 341 litres.  A stroller fit in easily, albeit at a slight angle, leaving plenty of space for a weekly shop and school bags.  A pram would also go in no problem, leaving a smaller amount of space but still adequate enough for a few bags.  Sadly, there is no boot button and there is a boot lip, so you’ll need to lift things up and over.

Summary

If you’re looking for an electric car, then the A Class plug in hybrid could be an option.  However, it does come with a hefty price tag and if a panoramic sliding sunroof is on your must have list to keep the baby entertained, then you’ll need to budget an extra £5000 for the AMG Premium Plus Package!

All that said, we loved the Mercedes-Benz A Class.  It’s a great car that ticks a lot of family “must have” boxes.  Its stylish interior does make it a cut above a lot of other cars in this car class, but you’ll have to be prepared to pay for it.

Car seats used in this review – 1 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Maxi-Cosi Pebble (width 43cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4419 mm (L) x 1796 mm (W) x 1440 mm (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

341 Litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

32.5 – 47.9

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 9.2 secs