Premium-level spaciousness, comfort, touch, feel and ergonomics
A compact car on the outside and a family car on the inside, with the space available in an MPV - the new A-Class also manages to combine these apparently mutually exclusive features by virtue of its unique sandwich concept. The new compact Mercedes car outperforms its predecessor and competitors in terms of all comfort-linked interior dimensions: the shoulder room has grown by up to 97 mm, the width provided for passengers’ elbows by up to 95 mm and the space at knee height in the rear by 30 mm. The distance between the front and rear seats is 805 mm and is therefore the same as that found in a medium-size saloon.
The choice of interior materials is based on scientific investigations conducted in the laboratories of DaimlerChrysler’s research department, where drivers evaluated surface
materials, switches and controls in terms of how they feel to touch. These tests provided valuable data for the development of interior parts which not only look good, but are good to touch. This means looks and feel complement each other and make an important contribution to making car passengers feel at ease. The Mercedes formula for the best possible touch, feel and ergonomics has been developed via these scientific tests: the "TAF factor" (Touch And Feel factor).
Alongside the dimensional concept, seat design and ergonomics, the air conditioning system in the interior compartment also helps to increase the safety and well-being of car passengers. In the new A-Class, Mercedes Benz is offering a high-performance air conditioning system as standard or on request, will fit the compact car with a ‘Luxury Climate Control’ automatic air conditioning system. This operates on the basis of data recorded by sensors on temperature, position of the sun, air humidity and level of pollutants in the outside air.
Other optional extras available from the Mercedes luxury class include the latest generation innovative COMAND APS control and display system, the Audio 50 APS navigation car radio and bi-xenon headlamps.
Up to 1955 litres of luggage space thanks to EASY-VARIO-PLUS
The luggage capacity of the new A-Class exceeds that of its predecessor by up to 15 per cent. Thanks to the 60/40 rear seat split, the interior compartment can be laid out in different ways in a few simple moves to satisfy the task. Both the seat cushions and the backrests can be folded forwards individually or all together and the height-adjustable loading floor therefore produces a flat loading area.
The capacity of the luggage compartment is 1310 litres (using the VDA measuring method). If the optional EASY-VARIO-PLUS system is supplied in the five-door model, both rear seat cushions and the rear seat backrests can be taken out. This system also offers the option of folding the passenger seat backrest forwards or removing the passenger seat completely. The load area then increases to a length of 2.75 metres and the loading volume goes up to 1955 litres.
NB: The loading volume is adjusted slightly by 40 litres for UK specification A-Class, in comparison with the home market. All A-Class' in the UK will benefit from a space-saver spare tyre package, as opposed to a ‘Tyrefit’ emergency solution fitted in Germany. The loading volume figures quoted above are for UK specification.
Full UK pricing and specification will be announced later this year, prior to the model’s 2005 launch.Published 22 June 2004