Why Lease the Mercedes-Benz A Class Saloon?
Compact executive saloons have long been popular with company customers – cars like BMW’s 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class. But these days, models like that aren’t quite so compact; and for some, they’re not especially affordable either. Which is why a growing market exists for slightly smaller premium badged saloons that can meet an executive’s need for style and substance at a slightly more affordable fee.
The first of these to arrive was Audi’s A3 Saloon, which garnered enough of a niche market for Mercedes to want to follow suit in 2019 by announcing a four-door version of the A-Class - which is what we look at here. The key difference with this sedan A-Class variant of course, is with its provision of a big boot – in this case 420-litres in size, 50-litres bigger than that of the hatch, though of course there’s a narrower opening to contend with. There’s slightly more headroom in the rear as well, plus the wide opening doors allow easy access.
The A-Class saloon comes in ‘Sport’, ‘Sport Executive’, ‘AMG Line’, ‘AMG Line Executive’, ‘AMG Line Premium’ and ‘AMG Line Premium Plus’ trim levels. The A 35 4MATIC variant is offered in standard, ‘Premium’and ‘Premium Plus’ forms. And the A 45 S 4MATIC+ comes in standard and ‘Plus’ guises. All variants are pretty well equipped, with even entry-level ‘Sport’ models featuring the brand’s sophisticated MBUX multimedia system with its clever “Hey Mercedes” voice activation. At the foot of the range, you also get 17-inch alloy wheels, 2-Zone climate control and a whole raft of camera safety features. These include autonomous braking, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist.
We’d say the closest competitor to this car is Audi’s A3 Saloon, but it also aims to compete with the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.
Here’s a more elegant take on A-Class motoring. Don’t immediately sign for the Hatch version without considering it.