The Mercedes A-Class is a fabulous looking car that already stands out against the competition in its segment. A radical departure from the first few generations of A-Class, it certainly looks the part in all of its available colours, but some really do make it stand out from the crowd if you choose the right trim to go with it.
It may be that you always choose a similar colour for your new car because that’s what you’re familiar with, but this guide will give you an insight into the whole range of colours available on the small Mercedes. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favourite shade?
Like many cars these days, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class offers just a couple of zero-cost, non-metallic paint shades. They may be limited in number, but they’re good enduring shades that should find plenty of fans.
Cirrus White (£0)
The days have long gone, at least for the moment, where the only vehicle you would order in white would be a van for work. If you’ve seen a number of A-Class Mercs on the road already the chances are you will have seen one in Cirrus White. It’s not the best colour for the compact Mercedes, but in the right trim line (AMG Sport and above, ideally) it certainly has presence.
Jupiter Red (£0)
This is very much the classic, sporty red that’s thankfully a great departure from those depressing and wholly undesirable burgundy metallics that some manufacturers favour. It may be a little bright for some tastes, but it certainly enhances the more youthful appeal of the new A-Class.
There are no pearlescent options for the little Mercedes right now, so if you don’t want solid red or white you will have to choose one of these six metallic shades. At £570 metallic paint doesn’t come cheap, but this is a Mercedes after all, so you were probably expecting to pay a little more than you might with some mainstream manufacturers.
South Seas Blue (£570)
On most cars this sort of ‘electric’ blue would be an acquired taste, one that perhaps you might steer clear of. However, this is a car that defies being categorised as far as the age of its buyers is concerned, so if you’re the youthful type and you want to make a statement, go for it. South Seas Blue works particularly well if you pair it with black alloy wheels, for extra contrast.
Cosmos Black (£570)
Black is usually regarded as a colour you can’t go too far wrong with, but the car’s extended profile can give it the appearance of a miniature hearse, which isn’t a look most of us would choose. Mercedes’ configurator does the shade some favours here, highlighting the striking character lines down the side. In the flesh, black can hide those details.
Northern Lights Violet (£570)
Northern Lights Violet probably sounds worse than it looks. Here, the Mercedes configurator doesn’t really do the colour justice, particularly if you catch it in the sun. It’s a really deep, vibrant purple, which can look almost black, or a very deep maroon, depending on the light. An unusual choice, but definitely one for those who prefer a dose of individuality.
Polar Silver (£570)
There now seems to be a bit of a backlash against silver, and we haven’t seen nearly as many new A-Classes lately in what used to be the go-to colour of just a few years ago. However, it’s still a colour unlikely to make the sales executive run for cover when it comes time to trade it in, so don’t be afraid of selecting Polar Silver just yet.
Mountain Grey (£570)
Although grey has now probably taken over from silver as the default ‘safe’ colour to choose, Mountain Grey should not be overlooked if you want to get the very best out of this car’s lines. In higher trim levels with cool alloys and privacy glass in the mix, this is without doubt one of the very best colours for the classy A-Class.
Orient Bronze (£570)
Carmakers regularly offer a bronze (or brown) of some sort in their colour palettes, despite the fact very few people will choose it from a brochure, and not many dealers will order it for stock. But on the right car it really can look particularly sophisticated, and that is the case here. To be fair, you really do need to see it in the flesh and on an A-Class in particular to decide whether or not to choose it. Just don’t rule it out unless you really can’t get to see it on the car first.
Find out more
If you want to read more about the Mercedes A-Class and all its available options, then check out our A-Class review section, where you will find photos, videos, stats, and a full buying guide.