Climate control air-conditioning, which can maintain a set temperature. Cruise control with an adjustable speed limiter function. Windscreen wipers that operate automatically when it rains, and headlights that switch on automatically when it’s getting dark. Nappa leather trim on the steering wheel.
A multimedia system with a CD player, an AM/FM radio and an 8.0-inch colour display. Satellite navigation. Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls and audio streaming, and integration for iPod and iPhone. Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink (which can put your iPhone screen on the car’s display).
A reversing camera, and parking sensors front and rear (which help you judge how far the bumpers are from obstacles). Active parking assist, which can steer the car into a parking spot.
Hill start assist, which operates the brakes automatically to make take-offs on hills easier.
Aluminium alloy wheels. A tyre pressure warning system, which tells you if a tyre is going flat.
Dynamic Select, which allows you to choose a comfortable ride from the suspension most of the time but switch to a firmer ride if you want to explore the handling of your A-Class. The Comfort, Sport, and Eco settings also affect how eagerly the auto transmission changes gears, how heavy the steering feels, and how fiercely the airconditioning cools. A fourth mode – Individual – is a pick ’n mix of each, so that you can tailor your settings. (On the most sporty A-Class, the Mercedes-AMG A45, a Sport+ mode replaces Eco.)
Automatic braking which works at city and highway speeds: it warns of an obstacle in front of the car – typically a slower vehicle – and will apply the brakes if you do not react. It will not initiate a full emergency stop, however.
Attention Assist, which warns you if you show signs of falling asleep at the wheel. Blind-spot Assist, which warns you of nearby cars you can’t see (this was added about January 2016).
Nine airbags: two directly in front of the driver and front passenger; one alongside each front occupant to protect the upper body and head; one alongside each front occupant to protect at pelvis level; one alongside each rear occupant to protect the upper body and head; and a knee protection airbag for the driver.
Electronic stability control, which can help you control a skidding car. All new cars must have this feature.
Every Mercedes-Benz A-Class carries a three-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.