New Mercedes A-Class review: The very clever future of the family car

The moment you climb into the drivers’ seat of Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class, put your hands on the steering wheel and settle yourself in for the journey ahead, it really does feel just right.

In fact there’s so much that is just right that this car could have been designed and engineered by Goldilocks.

But I didn’t dare voice it too loudly, in case the car’s very clever but, in truth, rather creepy onboard Alexa-style voice-activated intelligent driving assistant decided to answer me back.

Ray Massey headed to Croatia to test out the new A-Class and was impressed by its quality, ride and handling Wearing a smart coupe-like body, the A-Class has taken many of its cabin styling and quality cues from bigger Mercedes Yakety yak: Hey Mercedes is the voice-activated intelligent driving assistant in the A-Class tested out by Ray Massey, who worried about it talking back The interior of the new A-Class is tech heavy with a large touch screen Mercedes says the A-Class has a lower average age of buyers than its other cars Mercedes says the A-Class has a lower average age of buyers than its other cars

Mercedes says the A-Class has a lower average age of buyers than its other cars

Just don’t mention the elk-test. Twenty years ago Mercedes-Benz launched with great fanfare what was then the first radical new wedge-shaped A-Class super-mini.

It was all going swimmingly until a group of road test journalists carried out a manoeuvre, involving tight evasive turns through a set of cones, designed to check whether the car could successfully avoid an elk or moose out in the wilds of Scandinavia.

Not only did it fail, it did so in spectacular fashion, flipping over. Mercedes-Benz countered the problem by adding electronic stability controls.

Thankfully, the new A-Class has come a long way since then. And it really does deserve a top of the class A-grade.

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