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New APR offers arrive:
The A-Class is Mercedes' new entry-level model that's about $600 cheaper than the CLA and is packed with the latest technology. Although the cars are close in price today, shoppers should be aware Mercedes will release a redesigned 2020 CLA-Class with a higher price. For now, 2019 CLA-Class may be the better option considering its available APR offers, unadvertised incentives, and more attractive lease deals.
Dealers have the 2019 A-Class now, and the 2020 A-Class is available for order. There is no benefit to waiting on this newer model, as it is a carryover and lacks the special offers the 2019 A-Class has, including new-for-September APR offers.
Current offers are available nationally through September 30, 2019.
Still no cash offers:
Mercedes sometimes offers payment credits and other cash offers, but there are none on the 2019 or 2020 A-Class.
Financing from 1.99%:
The 2019 A-Class gets its first financing offers in September. Qualified buyers can get 1.99% APR for 36 months, 2.99% for 60 months, or 3.99% for 72 months. There are no APR offers on the 2020 A-Class yet.
Lease from $349 per month:
You can lease the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 from $349 for 36 months with $3,643 due at signing (10,000 miles per year). That comes out to an effective cost of $450 per month, which is a poor value relative to its MSRP.
For some perspective, the 2019 CLA250 Premium has an effective cost of $404, making it $56 cheaper to lease despite being a more expensive vehicle. The reason has mostly to do with a much better lease rate you can't get with the A-Class.
Prices vary by style
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