Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005 review

Category: MPV

Section: What is it like?

1998 - 2005 review
Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
  • Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV 1998 - 2005
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What's the used Mercedes A Class hatchback like?

The amount of space Mercedes has engineered into what is a very small car is the single most impressive thing about the A-Class. It may be only as long as a supermini, but there's as much space inside as in a family car. Buy the long-wheelbase model and there's more legroom in the back than in an S-Class.

Throw in folding, removable seats and it can even double as a mini-MPV. Perhaps the only real downside is the odd, straight-legged driving position, which takes some getting used to, and the thick pillars which limit visibility.

However, there is a big problem, and that's due to an elk. After a journalist rolled an early A-Class in the now infamous 'elk test', the suspension had to be completely reworked and stability control fitted. The result was an amazingly safe car, but one with a terribly dull drive and, thanks to its lower, stiffer suspension, a horribly firm ride.