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Mercedes A-Class hatchback - Practicality & boot space

Although bigger than before, the Mercedes A-Class doesn’t quite measure up against some more practical rivals

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While sitting and travelling in the front seats of the Mercedes A-Class is a joy, rear-seat passengers may find themselves a little cramped. There’s a reasonable boot on offer but the A-Class is still outclassed on this front by some much cheaper cars. However, like the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf, the A-Class is available in a range of body styles - you can choose a hatchback or saloon, while the Mercedes GLA and Mercedes CLA are based on the A-Class too.

Mercedes A-Class interior space & storage

There’s more space inside this Mercedes A-Class than there was in the old car, but not by much. 30mm has been added to the wheelbase (the space between the wheels), but it’s hard to notice as much on the inside.

Rear-seat passengers suffer the most; headroom has improved over the old car, but there’s a high floor to content with, meaning knees sit high. If you plan to regularly carry adults in the rear – especially over long distances – you’d be better served by a Volkswagen Golf or similarly family-orientated (and cheaper) alternative.

Boot space

The A-Class has a 350-litre boot with the seats up, or nearly 1,200 with the standard 40:20:40 split rear seats folded – a little smaller than an Audi A3 Sportback in either case. The good news is that the Mercedes’ boot is better-shaped than before, with a wider opening that makes loading and unloading large items easier. There’s now space for a set of golf clubs, too.

Towing

While very few examples will be used for towing, Mercedes has provided towing weights for each of the A-Class’ engines. The A 250 petrol wins the tug-o-war, managing an unbraked trailer of 725kg or a braked one weighing 1,600kg. A180d models can manage 720kg and 1,400kg of unbraked and braked trailer respectively, while the A200 petrol manages 685kg unbraked or 1,600kg braked.

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