Mercedes A-Class hybrid practicality & boot space
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It’s not the most practical plug-in hybrid at this price point, but the Mercedes A-Class remains a well packaged hatchback despite the addition of some space-robbing batteries. Passenger space is unchanged from the petrol and diesel versions and is competitive with the likes of the BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf.
Elsewhere, headroom is good, but there’s not quite as much legroom as you’ll find in the back of those cars. Middle-seat passengers won’t be too comfortable thanks to the bench's raised profile, either.
Mercedes A-Class hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Front-seat passengers will be the most comfortable; Mercedes rarely disappoints when it comes to making good seats. The driving position is good, too, and there’s lots of useful storage space for bits and bobs, including door pockets big enough for a large bottle of water and a covered centre-console cubby for your phone.
In addition, front-seat passengers get an armrest that places the driver’s arm in a perfect position to use the MBUX infotainment system’s centrally mounted controller.
Due to those lithium-ion batteries taking up space under the boot floor, the A 250 e loses out slightly to its non-hybrid siblings on luggage capacity. A standard A 250 boasts 370 litres with the seats up or 1,210 with them folded; the A 250 e sees these measurements drop to 310 and 1,120 litres respectively.
It’s not a deal-breaker – the boot is still of a usable size and shape – but it’s worth considering if load space is important to you. A 40:20:40 split for the rear seats improves versatility and means you can carry two rear passengers while still making room for longer items like skis, flat-pack furniture or wood from the hardware shop.