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
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.
The petrol A-Class has a 355-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. These figures also shrink by 10 litres if a diesel engine is fitted. 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.
With a large battery pack fitted, the A 250 e plug-in hybrid has a slightly smaller 310 litre boot, which can be increased to 1,125 litres with the seats folded down.
While very few examples will be used for towing, Mercedes has provided towing weights for each of the A-Class’ engines. The A 200 and 250 petrol wins the tug-o-war, managing an unbraked trailer of 725kg or a braked one weighing 1,600kg. A 180 petrol and A 180 d diesel models can manage a 1,400kg braked trailer.