Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback front space
You’re unlikely to grumble about space in the front, even if you tower over most of your friends and colleagues. The seats slide back a long way and there’s plenty of head room, although the optional panoramic roof (part of the Premium Plus package) does reduce this slightly.
The door pockets are big enough for a couple of 500ml bottles of water and there are two suitably deep cupholders in front of the infotainment touchpad, plus a decent glovebox and storage under the large centre armrest.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback rear space
Anyone taller than six foot won’t exactly be kicking back, but neither will they be cowering with their knees tucked up under their chin. Put simply, the A-Class is roughly on a par with its key rivals, the Audi A3 Sportback (the five-door version) and Volkswagen Golf, for both head and leg room, and it's bigger in the rear than a BMW 1 Series.
Access to the rear seats is better than in the 1 Series due to less of an intrusion from the wheel arches, although getting into the back of an A3 Sportback is easier still, while the A3's wider rear is slightly better for seating three adults in a row.
You’ll need to stump up for the optional Premium package if you want a rear centre armrest.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback seating flexibility
‘Par for the course’ is probably the best way to describe the A-Class’s seating flexibility. All versions come with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, but that’s no better than the flexibility in most rivals, including the A3 and 1 Series.
Electric front seats (with lumbar adjustment and a memory function) are available as part of the expensive Premium Plus package.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback boot space
There’s nothing spectacular about the boot of the A-Class, although it’s spacious enough for a big weekly shop or a week away with your other half. In fact, when we did our suitcase boot test, the A-Class and A3 tied on six carry-on suitcases each (a 1 Series managed five). although fitting these in the A3 was less of a squeeze.
The lip at the boot entrance is a bit annoying because it means you have to heave heavy items over it rather than simply sliding them in or out. Rivals such as the A3 and Golf have a height-adjustable boot floor to mitigate this, so it’s a bit of a shame that a similar feature isn’t available on the A-Class.
Drop the split-folding rear seats and you end up with a large, flat, extended load space.