Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2005 - 2012) Comfort

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 21 Jan 2014
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The A-Class is the smallest - and most affordable - model in the Mercedes line-up. As a small family car, it's an alternative to models like the Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series, but it's unusual upright styling makes it look more like a people carrier.
3 out of 5

Comfort

Thanks to its tall shape, the A-Class feels spacious with excellent head and legroom. However the edge is taken off comfort by the poor ride which fidgets over uneven surfaces and struggles to iron out potholes. There's also considerable wind noise at speed and many of the engines sound intrusive. The smaller petrols have to be revved hard - and don't sound very pleasant as a result - while the diesels are just plain noisy.

Rear space is decent, although the three door model feels claustrophobic in the back, while the seats are comfortable if a little firm.

4 out of 5

Practicality

The interior has been thoughtfully developed to give decent load carrying ability. There's an adjustable height floor, giving the option of a deeper boot, or a lipless, flat-floor. The rear seats split and fold and can be totally flipped forward. Also there is the potential to store the rear seat-cushions under the floor in the boot. An optional system also allows the rear seatbacks to be removed and the front passenger seat to be folded flat or removed as well.

With 435 litres (in both the three and five-door) the boot area is considerably larger than the Audi A3 Sportback and BMW 1-Series.

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3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

If you're used to larger Mercedes saloons, the A-Class may come as a surprise. It's far from premium - either in feel or appearance - and lacks the luxurious feel you expect from the German make. Build quality is good, but it's robust rather than inviting. The high seating position means visibility is good, but the driving position is poor with no reach adjustment on the steering wheel - almost unbelievable in a car with a price tag of at least £14,000.

On the plus side the dials are clear and easy to read while the stereo and ventilation controls are straightforward to use.