Everything about the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is bigger and better – physically, the new fourth-generation model is longer and wider, and this is reflected inside too. The team behind the latest iteration of this premium series have done a great job of increasing the sense of roominess you feel inside – it just feels that little bit more spacious in every direction, and this extra space adds to the overall driving experience.

A real step forward

And it is a real pleasure to sit behind the wheel – the new display is bright, clear and well designed, and everything you need is accessible and within easy reach. The team have also managed to increase visibility too by cutting back the side pillars. Also for the first time, the A-Series features the new voice-controlled MBUX system, which we’ve reviewed here before. It’s new technology that we’re really excited to see being used in the latest generations of Mercedes, and here at Big Motoring World we’re really interested to see how it performs in the real world.

There are some nice safety features included as standard too, with Active Brake Assist kicking in to help you to avoid rear-end collisions and Attention Assist which will warn you if your focus is wandering from the job in hand. And while this has always been a practical car, they’ve improved the A-Class even further with almost 30 litres more luggage space.

The complete package

Under the bonnet, the new A-Class offers the choice of either petrol or diesel – take your pick from 1.5-litre diesel, a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol version for the A200 or a new 2.0-litre engine for the A 250. This will be paired – at least for the time being in the UK – with an automatic transmission only, although we do expect they’ll offer customers a manual gearbox at some point too.

The latest A-Class might not be a ground-breaker, but it doesn’t need to be – it’s an impressive improvement on what was already a very good package.