Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class (2013 - 2018) Equipment

Review by Keith Jones on
Last Updated: 03 Aug 2016
3.5
Shunning the previous two generations’ MPV-like, high-roofed looks, the third iteration of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is sleeker and longer, with styling that could turn the heads of traditional Volkswagen Golf buyers. Rivalling the likes of the Audi A3 Sportback, BMW 1 Series and Volvo V40 in the upper echelons of the mid-sized family hatch market, the A-Class itself is also the basis for several other cars.
3.5 out of 5

Equipment

  • Complicated range with three forms of AMG models
  • Equipment levels are generous, though
  • Massive range of expensive options

There’s a relatively straightforward hierarchy to the A-Class line-up, but an immensely wide range of options available to personalise the car more to your liking. Standard trim levels are SE, Sport, AMG Line, White Art Edition, AMG, Mercedes-AMG A 45 and Mercedes-AMG A 45 Yellow Night Edition.

Standard Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback equipment

Not that many years ago a car in SE – or Special Equipment – guise represented a cut above the ordinary. In Mercedes’ world it represents the entry grade of the A-Class.

At least you won’t feel like you’ve penny-pinched when you survey the list of standard equipment associated with the SE: outside there are 16-inch alloy wheels with black infills, chrome-look exterior detailing around the windows and a diamond-pattern grille finished in black.

Once inside you’ll spot the Artico faux-leather upholstery, seven-inch multimedia system with a screen that doubles as an Apple CarPlay display as well as a monitor for the reversing camera, Active Brake Assist to reduce stopping distances, cruise control, air-con and a multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Up next is Sport, the exterior of which is visually distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels with a silver finish, a chrome insert on the grille’s horizontal bar, automatic wipers and illuminated door sills.

Climb aboard and you’ll find an eight-inch multimedia display, the control for the Dynamic Select function to switch between Comfort, Sport, Eco and Individual driving modes, ambient interior lighting and climate control for the air-con.

Offering a sportier look across the engine range is AMG Line, instantly recognisable thanks to its 18-inch wheels finished in grey, a full AMG bodykit, perforated front brake discs and lowered suspension (15mm at the front, 20mm at the rear).

That sporty theme continues in the cabin with special seats including integral headrests, trimmed in the Artico material and a velvety cloth called Dinamica, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with perforated leather grip areas and brushed steel pedals with rubber studs for grip.

Replacing the previous Motorsport Edition in the range is the White Art Edition, introduced in 2017. Exterior colours are restricted to Cirrus White, Cosmos Black, Mountain Grey and Polar Silver, all featuring black exterior detailing, including the 18-inch AMG design alloy wheels (19s on the A 250).

LED headlamps and rear privacy glass also feature on the outside, while the interior’s hallmarked with black, white and grey upholstery and other detailing.

Inside that turquoise theme continues with flashes of it on the air vents, carpet mats, seatbelts, dashboard trim and seats, the front pair of which are heated.

The sporty range continues slightly confusingly with the AMG trim level, available exclusively in A 250 guise. It’s closer to the Motorsport Edition than the AMG Line, but additionally features AMG speed-sensitive power steering, red brake callipers with matching scarlet details on the front and rear aprons, and even lower “Engineered by AMG” suspension.

All of the interior turquoise flashes are removed replaced instead by black and red detailing including bright scarlet seatbelts.

Topping the range is the high-performance Mercedes-AMG A 45, proving if nothing else that the company knows how to maximise the power of those three letters. It certainly looks the part with an even beefier bodykit including a fake rear diffuser and roof spoiler, along with a louder exhaust system finished off with a pair of chrome tailpipes.

The cabin’s embellished with a number of A 45-specific detailing but the main alteration is the location of the automatic gearlever at the base of the centre console, rather than on the steering column.

Topping the range from 2017 is the high-spec – and very conspicuous – Mercedes-AMG A 45 Yellow Night Edition, so called because its be-spoilered bodywork is finished in black with bright yellow highlights, as are the 19-inch alloys.

It’s a theme that continues inside, with yellow rings around the airvents, as well as woven into the upholstery and stitching. The front seats are also electrically adjustable, plus there’s an upgraded Harman/Kardon audio package and keyless entry and start.

Optional Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback accessories

It was always the case with Mercedes that standard equipment was limited but there would be a raft of options to make life more comfortable. Don’t be fooled by the more generous kit lists because the list of extras is longer than ever.

Naturally, you can specify individual options as you see fit, including various shades of metallic paint, alloy wheel upgrades and other niceties such as self-parking function and leather trim.

Of greater value – and interest – are the multitude of equipment bundles:

  • Executive equipment line: Any SE, Sport or AMG Line can be fitted with this pack which includes Garmin sat-nav, heated front seats and the self-parking function
  • Premium equipment line (for Sport and AMG Line trims): Spend your money here if you like the sound of 12-colour ambient lighting, automatically dimming rear-view mirrors, electrically-folding door mirrors, sat-nav, heated front seats, LED headlamps and self-parking function
  • Premium Plus equipment line (for Sport and AMG Line trims): As the Premium package plus electrical adjustment for the front seats and keyless entry
  • Premium equipment line (for Motorsport Edition, AMG and Mercedes-AMG A 45 trims): As these models already feature higher levels of equipment, their packages are different and include electrically-adjustable front seats, keyless entry, a panoramic glass roof and a Harman/Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system
  • Exclusive Package: Extra luxury is added with leather upholstery in a range of three colours, four-way lumbar adjustment for the front seats and Artico faux leather on the dashboard
  • AMG Exclusive Package: This can be specified on any A-Class with AMG in the model name and is similar to the regular Exclusive Package except for the addition of red seatbelts and perforated black leather seats with red visible through the holes
  • Night Package: Available on AMG Line models, this option includes black-painted 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and black exterior detailing
  • AMG Night Package: Exclusively for the Mercedes-AMG A 45, this bundle is similar to the regular Night Package with the additions of matt black 19-inch alloys and black elements for the extensive bodykit
  • Lane Tracking Package: includes blindspot warning and lane-keeping assist to help steer you between the white lines
  • Driving Assistance Package: comprises of the Lane Tracking Package plus adaptive cruise control to maintain a pre-set gap to the vehicle in front and Pre-Safe which monitors for situations ahead and prepares the brakes in anticipation of a likely emergency stop

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Equipment

Key:

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  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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