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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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2020 A 220 Base Front-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $32,800
2020 A 220 Base All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $34,800
2020 AMG A 35 Base All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $44,950
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3.3 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

Following last year's debut, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan is back with no changes. It remains the cheapest way to get into a Mercedes. An AMG variant is supposed to arrive later this year, but for now, the A-Class is only available one way.

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The A-Class comes in a single trim level: A 220. It costs $33,795 including destination.

Engine Choices

The Mercedes A 220 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It generates 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive comes standard, but Mercedes' 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system is available for $2,000.

The A-Class earns an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway (34 mpg with AWD), and 28 combined.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The A-Class comes with a passenger capacity of five and a cargo capacity of 8.6 cubic feet in the trunk. With only 33.9 inches of leg room in the back, the rear seat is tight for adults.

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Safety Features

Standard safety features on the A-Class include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, a driver attention monitor, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and LED headlights and taillights.

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available for $500, as are a surround-view camera system and an automated parking system through the Parking Assistance Package ($1,090).

Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and more are bundled in the Driver Assistance Package ($2,250).

Connectivity

A 7-inch touchscreen running the brand's latest Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment is standard. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD radio, voice control, and five USB ports are included.

However, buyers will likely want to upgrade to the available 10.25-inch touchscreen display. It's available alongside navigation and a speed limit assist system through the Multimedia Package ($1,150).

A head-up display is an $1,100 option, while wireless charging is an extra $200.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

A 220 - From $33,795

The lack of a trim lineup isn’t a problem since the standard Mercedes A 220 comes with a healthy list of standard equipment.

Highlights include a panorama roof, 12-way power front seats with four-way lumbar support and memory functionality, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, push button start, and remote start.

You could run riot with the A-Class’ options sheet, but the $2,200 Premium Package is a good place to start. It bundles the 10.25-inch touchscreen, blind-spot monitoring, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster display, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a hands-free trunk.

Notable standalone options include heated front seats ($580), heated and ventilated front seats ($1,030), a heated steering wheel ($250), and a Burmester surround-sound audio system ($850).

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Buyers have a simple choice between front- or all-wheel drive with the 2020 Mercedes A-Class sedan. It’s worth choosing your options carefully, but we like the safety features from the Driver Assistance Package and the convenience bundle the Premium Package offers.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Cheapest Mercedes
  • Well-designed interior
  • Upscale exterior
Cons
  • Tiny trunk and rear seat
  • Engine is modest
  • Expensive options
Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Base model hardly feels entry-level. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the automaker’s most affordable vehicle, but the subcompact sedan’s list of standard and optional features hardly makes it feel like an entry-level model.

Mercedes still manages to make the base A-Class feel upscale with things like synthetic leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and 17-inch wheels. The vehicle’s pair of 7-inch screens (one for infotainment and one in the gauge cluster) are also impressive for the segment, especially when you consider the car’s $33,795 starting price.

The list of available features is even more impressive, as the A-Class can be fitted with two 10.25-inch screens, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, multi-contour front seats, a 12-speaker Burmester audio system, and wireless charging. These optional features are excellent for the segment.

Unmistakably a Mercedes. Thankfully, Mercedes decided to skip giving the A-Class coupe-like styling and instead decided to keep the model a sedan. This means it doesn’t have any odd or dramatic lines for the sake of styling. It also means the A-Class looks good.

Short overhangs at the front and back give it a sporty profile. The placement of the grille, headlights, and front air intake low on the front fascia helps the A-Class have an elongated hood, like one of Mercedes’ grand tourers. The back end isn’t as stylish as the front, but overall, it’s a tidy design that looks upscale, which is something we can’t say for a lot of other subcompact vehicles.

The A-Class maybe Mercedes’ most affordable model, but you won’t be able to tell that from the inside. The majority of materials are soft to the touch, while standard aluminum trim helps with the upscale feel. The circular vents, simplistic layout of the dashboard, and metallic trim pieces all help the A-Class look like one of Mercedes’ other high-end vehicles.


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Decent performance. While the A-Class delivers a smooth, comfortable ride, drivers may find themselves wanting more when it comes to power. Sticking with the ride for a second, the A-Class has three different suspensions, with the available adaptive dampers performing the best.

Power for the A-Class comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower. It's paired with a smooth seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. For the most part, the base powertrain doesn’t struggle to get up to speed but hardly feels quick.

Cramped trunk and rear seats. The A-Class may be more spacious than the previous CLA-Class, but that still hasn't helped things much when it comes to the rear seats. Adults in the back won’t find things all that comfortable, as the sedan offers just 33.9 inches of rear legroom. The seats themselves, even in the front, aren’t all that supportive either.

With 8.6 cubic feet of cargo space, the A-Class has one of the smallest trunks in the class. While it has a wide opening, it's only big enough to hold a few modestly sized suitcases.

Final thoughts. If you’re OK with the 2020 Mercedes A-Class’ small size, the subcompact luxury car gets a lot right as the entry point to the brand. It features cutting-edge technology, a handsome design, and a comfortable ride.

Getting into a fully-loaded A-Class isn’t cheap, and by the time you’ve ticked a few optional packages, you’re looking at encroaching on other, larger vehicles. The A-Class’ tiny footprint also results in back seats that are tight and a trunk that will require geometry to make use of on a Costco run.

In terms of the competition, the Audi A3 has nearly the same tech features and is just as small. But the A3 is available in more performance variants and has a larger trunk. The new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe can be fitted with similar tech features, has more a more powerful engine, and a larger trunk. It, though, has coupe-like styling, which we expect will eat into space in the back.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 188 HP / 221 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 7-spd sequential shift control auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 35 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 188 HP / 221 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 35 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$51
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
179.1 "
Exterior Width
70.7 "
Exterior Height
56.9 "
Front Headroom
40.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
33.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,285 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Gray Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Amg Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger / Power Remote Heated Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored / Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Mb-tex Leatherette / Leather / Dinamica/mb-tex Simulated Suede/leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Mbux Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Mbux Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 12 Burmester
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Telescopic Tilt Sport
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parktronic W/advanced Parking Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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