What's the used Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback like?
Much better than the previous A-Class. Although the ride on this version is still firm, it's less choppy, and the handling is vastly improved. However, this model still isn't as much fun to drive as other cars of this size.
Packaging is its strongest point. The A-Class is shorter than some superminis, but it still provides good head and legroom throughout, even for tall adults, and three passengers can easily fit on the rear bench. Its boot is better than many larger cars', and the split folding rear seats add extra versatility.
The cabin of the old A-Class wasn't classy enough to make it feel like a proper Mercedes, but this version's is much more like it. High-class materials are used, and the build quality feels generally solid. Safety is good, too, because every A-Class has stability control and a host of airbags.
Entry-level Classic models have electric front windows and a CD player, but you have to step up to Classic SE for air-con.