Arval's Recommended: Mercedes-Benz A Class

The A-Class hatchback is the smallest car Mercedes builds and a more compact, front-wheel drive alternative to the larger saloons and SUVs with which it’s traditionally associated. It’s existed in various guises since 1997, and the third-generation model, launched in 2012, took aim at the premium lower medium fleet market with a series of efficient diesel engines and eye-catching styling.

Features & Specification

Overview

Overview

Key Standard Features

Here are some of the stand out features of the A class, across some of the more popular trim levels.

SE SPORT AMG A45 4Matic
16" Alloys 17" Alloys Uprated 18" Alloys
Keyless Go Sports Trim Full AMG body kit and interior trim
Cruise Control

Dynamic Select system (includes switchable Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Individual driving modes)

Uprated brakes
Air Con 8" Infotainment screen AMG Speedshift automatic transmission
Artico Leather Seats Automatic Wipers Uprated ESP system
Reversing Camera Automatic Climate Control  
7" Infotainment screen    

 

Exterior

Exterior

 

Exterior Dimensions
Length 4,299mm
Width 2,022mm
Height 1,433mm
Wheelbase 2,699mm
Interior

Interior

As you would expect from Mercedes-Benz, the interior styling is smart and well put together. Mercedes enthusiasts will notice the nods to the C Class and E Class with the centre console and triple chrome centre console the most obvious. In terms of interior space, the A Class is very generous. The headroom (front/rear) is 1,017mm/952mm and both front seats are adjustable. Shoulder room (front/rear) is a roomy 1,422mm/1,410mm, which could comfortably seat 3 people in the back. 

The storage is also very good, with a boot space of 341 litres with the seats up and 1,157 litres with seats down and the parcel shelf removed. There is also some really handy additional luggage space under the boot floor, for when you need that extra bit of space. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All models of the A Class get an infotainment screen as stadard. The SE model gets a 7" screen while all other models get an 8" version. This screen is controlled using the rotary knob located in the centre console, making it easy to operate on the move. Sat NAv is optional on all expect the highest spec models, but Apple Carplay is standard on all models, so you have the option to mirror your phones sat nav to the infotainment screen. 

 

 

Performance

Performance

The table below a selection of some popular engines available and the key data on its performance. 

Engine Power (ps) CO2 Fuel Consumption (mpg) 0 to 60 mph
A180d 116 108 g/km 68.9 combined 10.5 secs
A180d Sport 116 102 g/km 72.4 combined 10.5 secs
A180d AMG Line 116 111 g/km 67.3 combined 10.5 secs
A180 AMG Line 122 131 g/km 50.4 combined 8.9 secs
A200 AMG Line 163 123 g/km 53.3 combined 8 secs
A250 AMG Line 224 141 g/km 45.6 combined 6.2 secs