Mercedes-AMG A 45 hatchback - Interior & comfort
The A45 S has a classy interior but it struggles to justify the car’s price
The Mercedes A-Class has our favourite interior of any hatchback currently on sale and it's a good job; the interior needs to be good when the car costs £50,000. There's Mercedes' 'MBUX' infotainment system, which is shared with models up and down the range. This includes useful Smartphone connectivity with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, and several additional features unique to the A 45 S. The most intriguing is a front-mounted camera that can show you a real-time view of the racing circuit ahead with a virtual racing line overlaid on it - a feature previously only seen in video games.
Other features include a flat-bottomed steering wheel and upholstery finished in synthetic leather and suede materials. Trim highlights, which are usually red in other A Class models, are finished in yellow flashes of colour. Optional packs are available to further personalise the appearance of the interior.
New frequency-selective shock absorbers have transformed the ride quality, making the car a lot more comfortable to drive around in, smoothing out bumps that would have jarred passengers in the previous A 45.