Checked out the blue A3 today with the diamond stitching and a silver A-Class. Just a couple thoughts. I still prefer the A3.... I dunno, it's a phase I'm going through... but I can imagine with the very simple design the interior has, that in a base version it could feel lacking. I'm not sure if Audi have changed their plastics either but it's seems slightly shinier than in my A1, or in A4s I've been in. (Audi drivers will know what I am talking about as they have to clean the dirt marks thesetype of plastics attract) Merc had 5 A-Class on display and they were getting a lot of attention. The design is really emotional even though it's not typical Merc. Looking backwards toward the rear quarter panel I can't help but think of Peugot. Though some typical Merc things can be found in the interior. It seems silly but things like the electic seat control/memory function on the doors. Which I prefer over the simpler seat based buttons offered in the Audi.The leather on the dash is MB-Tex I think, however that just means it will last. The car will be everywhere soon. Also it looked amazing in the mat finish. The comparison is just to show how much nicer the door handle and surrounds are compared to the E, which uses all aluminium instead of chrome, plastic chrome and aluminium. That's all I remember before I got booted out of the car so they could do a show. So annoying.