Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
You’re unlikely to grumble about space in the front, even if you tower over most people. The seats slide back a long way and there’s plenty of head room, although the optional panoramic roof (part of the optional Premium Plus Package) reduces this slightly.
The door pockets are each big enough for a couple of 500ml drinks bottles and there are two suitably deep cupholders in front of the infotainment touchpad, as well as a decent glovebox and further storage under the large centre armrest. However, the A-Class Saloon is noticeably narrower than an A4 or 3 Series, while a Skoda Superb is even bigger again.
Anyone over six feet tall won’t exactly be sprawling out in luxury, but neither will they be packed in with their knees tucked up under their chin. However, it’s worth pointing out that while leg room is fine, head room is tighter than in the A Class hatchback. Just remember that an Audi A4 will be bigger still, while a Skoda Superb is cheaper and one of the best cars currently on sale for rear space.
However, getting into the back of the A3 Saloon is easier still, and its broader interior is slightly better suited to seating three adults side by side. Meanwhile, you'll need to stump up for the optional Premium Package if you want a rear centre armrest.
Seat folding and flexibility
Electric front seats (with lumbar adjustment and a memory function for the driver) are available as part of the expensive Premium Plus Package. Other than a split-folding rear seat (although admittedly a handy 40/20/40 affair), the A Class Saloon offers precious few in the way of clever features to aid versatility.
The good news is that the A Class Saloon’s boot is a fair bit bigger than the A-Class hatchback’s. However, a Mazda 3 Saloon's boot is bigger still, as are the larger BMW 3 Series and Audi A4's. Should you need to pack even more junk in your trunk, we'd recommend taking a look at the Skoda Superb for it's ginormous boot – the best in the executive car class.