First Look: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Katherine Evans - May 20, 2019

First Look: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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Few automakers are as synonymous with luxury as Mercedes-Benz... take their slogan: "The best or nothing." That is why we are so excited to take a first look the 2019 Mercedes Benz A-Class. We've combed the internet to find expert opinions on Mercedes' latest feat of engineering, the good and the bad.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class marks the fourth iteration of this vehicle, and the first one ever to be offered to the North American Market. With an MSRP starting at $32,500, this compact sedan is an affordable gateway to luxury, unseating the CLA as Mercedes-Benz's best (and most affordable) entry vehicle. While it is one of the least expensive options offered by Mercedes, that doesn't mean that the A-Class isn't packed with advanced safety and entertainment options. Offering only one model, the A-Class A220 is available for lease or purchase in front-wheel or all-wheel drive (referred to as "4MATIC" in Mercedes-Benz speech). Gone is the strangely tall - yet compact - European hatchback body style, and in its place is a sleeker more aerodynamic model designed to appeal to the American marketplace.

What's perhaps most exciting though, is the slue of technological features offered at such a reasonable price-point. Let's dive in and take a closer look...

Consumer Reports

Jeff Bartlett for Consumer Reports writes, "This car is most distinguished by its interior. Rather than use conventional analog gauges, the A-Class features two neighboring 7-inch displays. [...] The A-Class is the first model to get the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system. Beyond its visuals, the MBUX stands out for artificial intelligence that allows for customization that can reportedly adapt to the user."

Fans of Alexa and Siri may now have a new leading lady - through Linguatronic technology, "Hey Mercedes" is just one of the four ways you can control this vehicle's functions. You can also access features via steering-wheel controls, a touchpad located between the front seats, and through the touch screens themselves, making this one of the most advanced subcompact cars on the market today. Perhaps the highest compliment this car can receive is comparing it to the S-Class for it's abundant technological offerings. This includes safety features.

Again adapted from the S-Class family of vehicles, this A-Class offers:

  • Active Brake Assist
  • Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC® 
  • Active Emergency Stop Assist 
  • Active Lane Change Assist 
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist 

Moving outside from the interior, Craig Cole of writes about the A-Class body, "The A220 is a looker from just about every angle. Somewhat resembling a miniaturized CLS, visually this car fits in nicely with the broader Mercedes-Benz lineup.

This Benz’s overall length is a hair more than 179 inches (4,549 mm), comparable to an Audi A3 or Acura ILX, though the A-Class’s wheelbase is longer by several inches than the hub-to-hub spans of these rivals, clocking in at 107.4 inches (2,728 mm). Only the extended front overhang and short dash-to-axle measurement give away that it’s a front-drive-based car; the other proportions are surprisingly dramatic." Mercedes claims that due to this shape and body structure, the A-Class sedan has a drag coefficient of just 0.22 - making it an industry leader in aerodynamics and lending to an improved performance in speed and fuel efficiency.

Of its fuel efficiency, Cole writes, "With all-wheel drive our tester stickered at 25 miles per gallon city, 33 highway and 28 mpg combined." An all around respectable figure.

Car and Driver

But how does the Mercedes-Benz A-Class perform when you slide behind the wheel?

Some quick stats on both the FWD/AWD trims:

Engine: 2.0L Turbo I4
7-Speed Double Clutch
188 HP

The staff writers at Car and Driver share, "We've driven both a front-driver and an all-wheel-drive version. Both wore 19-inch wheels and delivered a comfortable and well-controlled ride, although the front-drive model was better damped, with a bit less impact harshness than the heavier 4MATIC model. The 4MATIC version hits 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, matching the CLA250 we tested despite being down 20 ponies and 37 pound-feet."

That being said, the A-Class won't win any awards for speed. But for most drivers who will use this car around their towns/cities, it has more than enough power and won't present any issue.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Engine

The Cons

Is there ever too much of a good thing? Critics of the A-Class will tell you yes - that while the advanced safety features are a welcome inclusion, over-sensitivity in some of these can hamper the driving experience. Fans of hatchbacks will also be disappointed, as that body type is only available outside of the United States with no plans to introduce it on the American market in the near future.

Other complaints? Some say the 33 highway mpg (28 overall) isn't very impressive, and that they were expecting better fuel efficiency. Also, those who are less technologically savvy are finding it difficult to adapt to the new MBUX infotainment system, which take a bit of getting used as the sheer amount of information and features available can be overwhelming. Previous Mercedes owners and quick studies won't be hindered though.

Our conclusion? The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is now the sub-$40,000 luxury sedan to beat. The Mercedes-Benz CLA is still a viable option, as are the Audi A3 and the BMW 2 Series (the A-Class's only true competitors). But at this sticker price, and with a surprisingly performative ride, the A-Class earns top marks. Looking to lease one at an affordable rate? Carlease has you covered.

Reach out to our leasing experts today and find out how easy, fast and painless the leasing process can be. We'll get you on the road in a new Mercedes-Benz A-Class in no time at all.

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