A-Class 1997-2004
Key facts

  • Long wheelbase models offer luxury-class feel and load space of a larger-size estate
  • Choice of two petrol and two diesel engines
  • Safety: latest-generation ESP® plus optional windowbags

 
Mercedes’ contender in the small car market, the A-Class, has been a resounding success in the UK since its introduction in 1998 and worldwide over one million have been sold. In spite of its 3.57 m length, the original A-Class is every inch a Mercedes-Benz – with outstanding safety, efficient use of space and class-leading technology. Its ‘sandwich floor’ design principle provides an elegant solution to the potentially conflicting requirements of compact dimensions and high occupant safety standards. The engine and transmission sit partly in front and partly underneath the passenger compartment. As a result, in a severe frontal impact they can slide downwards rather than intruding into the interior, while the occupants sit 20 cm higher than in an equivalent vehicle.

In 2001, the A-Class received some 980 new or modified components, while the introduction of the long wheelbase model with its extra 170 mm length brought limousine-like levels of legroom for rear passengers, or up to 1,865 litres of load space – 11 per cent more than the standard A-Class. Since then, the range has been supplemented with a second common rail diesel engine, the A 160 CDI.

There are now two petrol engines and two diesel engines to choose from, short and long wheelbase options across all models except the A 160 CDI, and as many as four grades depending on engine size.


Rear seat passengers: space and comfort of a luxury-class saloon

The long wheelbase A-Class offers space and comfort previously unknown in this sector. Rear seat passengers enjoy unrivalled comfort with 170 mm more legroom and a hip-to-hip distance between front and rear occupants of 945 mm. It thus offers even more room than many luxury-class saloons.

With 111 mm fore-and-aft adjustment of the rear bench seat, drivers have the option of extending the rear compartment or the load area. Even with the rear seats moved to the maximum forward setting, there is still 60 mm more legroom for rear seat passengers in the long wheelbase A-Class than in the standard version. This also allows a substantial increase in the load compartment space by 80 litres to 405 litres.

With the rear seats removed, the luggage capacity, when loaded to the ceiling and measured in accordance with the VDA method, is 1580 litres. This is significantly greater than many larger estate cars. The figure for the standard version of the A-Class is 1340 litres.

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2001 A-Class Interior

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2001 A-Class Long Wheelbase

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2001 A-Class Autumn Edition

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