Sat in my first W176 [ the new A class] yesterday. Initial impressions were quite good - quality sporty interior- doors not too "tinny" on shutting- felt like a "mini MERC" . Slightly claustrophobic feel from the low roofline and very dark interior trim/rooflining. Looked a pretty substantial car --size wise-- in the showroom say against a nearby C class. Comparing it to say the old CLC model , which to me is the nearest [ hot hatch] equivalent rather than the previous [mini people carrier] A Class its interior is step up from the old CLC which always felt a bit "cut price CLK" to me. How it drives -- well still to find that out.