Mercedes A-Class interior
The Mercedes A-Class interior is an amazing piece of design, but not only does it all work, it’s all very easy to use. It doesn’t come cheap, though
Ground-breaking, game-changing – whatever you call it, there’s no doubt the Mercedes A-Class interior looks like nothing else. It’s dominated by the two free-standing digital screens that sit on top of the dashboard, but there are lots of neat features. You can have no less than 64 colours of ambient lighting to choose from, for example, and your choice will be reflected in the beautiful turbine-style air vents.
Overall, the quality is very good, too, with part-leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and lots of decent materials used on even the most basic model. However, it’s not perfect, as some of the gloss black materials seem prone to scratches and the row of switches under the centre console feel like something from a child’s toy.
Upgrade the A-Class from SE to Sport or AMG Line, and you smarten up the cabin with some extra chrome and some higher-quality trim, but the optional Premium equipment line is certainly very tempting. True, it’s not cheap, but it adds a larger instrument cluster, illuminated door sills and the 64-colour ambient lighting, while the Premium Plus line also includes a panoramic sunroof.
Lord knows, car reviewers are prone to over-exaggerate, but there really is no other word to describe the A-Class’s cabin. It’s stunning
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The tech is what takes all the headlines in the Mercedes A-Class, and that’s no surprise, given how prominent the two digital displays are on the dashboard. They’re both 7-inch screens as standard, but either one – or both – can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch unit with the optional Executive, Premium and Premium Plus equipment line packages.
The standard specifications are pretty impressive, with DAB radio and sat-nav, as well as several ways to control all that tech. Not only are there tiny touch-sensitive panels on the steering wheel, there’s also a touchpad on the centre console, and the display in the centre of the dash is a touchscreen. Last, but not least, you can even tell your car what to do, using everyday language, just like you would with an Amazon Echo or Google Home.
It’s a little disappointing that the standard Mercedes A-Class doesn’t include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but they are both included in the modestly priced Smartphone Connect package. Also worth considering is the Advanced Navigation package, which superimposes navigation instructions – such as which turning to take off a roundabout or which direction to turn at a junction – on a live view of the road in front of the car, taken from a camera in the windscreen.