Is there anything interesting about its design?
This fourth-gen A-Class is "all new". That means a new body, new platform, new interior, new technology.
There's also the new look, which is hardly a monumental shift from the previous model. More a refinement and adoption of Benz's latest smooth styling, seen most recently on the CLS (that wears similar headlights, grille and tail-lights).
The A-Class's dimensions have changed, too, with the hatch being 16mm wider (at 1796mm across), 6.0mm taller (at 1440mm high) and 120mm longer (at 4419mm end-to-end).
The A200 comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, side skirts, twin exhaust and a 'black diamond' grille.
If you want the sparkly chrome 'diamond'-studded grille on the A200 you'll have to option it as part of the 'AMG Line Sports Package' which also includes 18-inch AMG wheels and a body kit.
On the inside there's red contrast stitching to the seats and doors, a metal trimmed steering wheel and stainless-steel pedal covers.
Despite some areas appearing slightly budget (such as the handbrake button) the standard A200 interior feels special, even without the AMG Line sports pack or 'AMG Exclusive Package' as were fitted to one of our test cars.
The two large landscape screens, the materials, the floating dash design and seats work together to create a 'blingy' but beautiful and comfortable cabin.
As a model comparison, from a 'wow factor' design perspective, the interior in the A-Class (specifically the A200) exceeds that of its BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 rivals. That said, they all have a high-quality feel and excellent fit and finish.