The new A-Class looks different, and it sits on a revised platform, too, with a new interior, tech and engines. The sleek exterior moves the old car’s aerodynamics into a new dimension.
From behind the wheel, the A-Class is unrecognisable from its predecessor. Every model has digital dials and a wide central touchscreen as standard. But it’s the tech contained within these screens that impresses most. The software is more advanced than in the S-Class flagship.
Standout features include augmented-reality navigation, which overlays images from the car’s camera with direction arrows, street names and house numbers.
The firm’s new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) is standard on all A-Class models, however. It features the voice-activated ‘Hey Mercedes’ system, allowing you to adjust the climate control and ambient lighting or even ask for the weather forecast without taking your hands off the wheel. It’s a bit of a gimmick, though.