Every model in the A-Class range comes relatively well equipped. Even SE versions get a multi-function steering wheel, air-con, imitation leather seats, a 7.0in display with Bluetooth connection, air conditioning, electric windows and 16in alloy wheels.
Climate control is standard on all models bar entry-level SE, while in a bizarre move by Mercedes, some basic items such as DAB radio, heated front seats, and lumbar support are, confusingly, scattered individually around the range. It means you could be paying close to £30,000 for an A-Class and still need to add some or all of these items afterwards, which is not something you’d have to do with a lot of its competitors.
Given the choice, we’d go for the Sport or SE trims and add a few of these options, instead of paying over the odds for the styling tweaks on the higher-spec models.