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2021 A 220 Base Front-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $33,650
2021 A 220 Base All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $35,650
2021 AMG A 35 Base All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $45,850
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3.3 (Good)

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Overview

What's New

As the cheapest and smallest model offered by Mercedes-Benz, the A-Class keeps a subtle balance between affordability and luxury. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class shifts slightly toward the latter, as prices creep up by about $1,000 due to newly standard blind-spot monitoring, 18-inch wheels, and ambient lighting.

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The Mercedes A-Class is offered in two trim levels: A 220 and AMG A 35. Prices begin at $34,700 including destination for the base A 220 and climb to $46,900 for the AMG A 35.

Engine Choices

Both the A 220 and AMG A 35 have a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine under the hood, although the latter's is much more powerful.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder188 hp221 lb-ft29 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder302 hp295 lb-ft25 mpg

Both engines are paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The A 220 comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive a $2,000 option. The AMG A 35 gets standard AWD.

The A220 can go from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds, while it only takes the AMG-tuned model 4.6 seconds.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The A-Class is a five-seat, four-door sedan. It has an upright look to it, especially compared to the similar-sized but swoopy CLA, that maximizes interior space. Still, rear leg room only measures out to a tight 33.9 inches.

Cargo space is a mere 8.6 cubic feet, which is much smaller than the comparable BMW 2-Series and Audi A3. Split-folding rear seatbacks help mitigate its confined trunk.

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Safety Features

The A-Class now comes standard with blind-spot monitoring. The new feature joins an equipment list already comprising automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and a driver attention monitor.

The $1,700 Driver Assistance Package adds a much more comprehensive suite of active safety aids that includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Connectivity

Every A-Class gets a pair of 7-inch screens, with one being the all-digital cluster and the other a haptic infotainment display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, as do five USB ports scattered throughout the interior. The A 220 is also capable of over-the-air updates and gets three years of complimentary Mercedes cloud services.

The AMG A 35 upgrades to dual 10.25-inch screens. These can be had on the A 220 through the $1,750 Premium Package. Navigation is also optional on both trims as part of the $1,295 Multimedia Package, while satellite radio ($460) and wireless charging ($200) are standalone options.

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A 220 - From $34,700

The base A-Class includes numerous luxury features befitting the Mercedes nameplate. Besides its pair of screens, it gets a panoramic roof, 17-inch wheels, leatherette upholstery, power seats with three-position memory, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and LED lighting. Keyless entry, push button start, and remote start are also included.

Besides the aforementioned option packages, the A 220 offers heated front seats ($500), heated and ventilated front seats ($950), a heated steering wheel ($250), and leather upholstery ($1,450).

AMG A 35 - From $46,900

The AMG A 35 features 18-inch wheels with black accents, a sport steering wheel, front sport seats, stainless steel pedals, and aluminum paddle shifters. Other equipment upgrades include an AMG suspension, exhaust system, braking system, and body kit.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 Mercedes A-Class is pricey enough to compete with some lightly-optioned Mercedes-Benz C-Class models. The AMG model's 302 horsepower makes it quite the riot on a back road, and it's certainly far more engaging than the 188-hp A 220.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Elegant exterior
  • Upscale interior
  • Impressive standard features
  • Good road manners
Cons
  • Cramped second row
  • Options are expensive
  • Not especially quick
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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Sleek styling. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the cheapest way to get a three-pointed star in your garage. “Compact” sedans have swelled over the years, but the A-Class lives up to the moniker.

The design looks like a scaled-down version of the brand’s larger sedans, and we mean that as a compliment. It’s an elegant shape, made more exciting by a low nose and subtle curves.

Despite its proportions, the A-Class offers front-row passengers plenty of room to stretch. Cargo capacity is another high point — with nearly 15 cubic feet of space in the trunk, the A-Class can keep up with many midsize sedans.

But sacrifices must be made somewhere, and it’s the rear passengers who pay the price. 33.9 inches of legroom will be cramped for most adults, and it’s over an inch less than you’ll find in an Audi A3.

Adequate performance. The A-Class comes in two versions: the conventional A220 and the feisty A35 AMG. Most of the models you’ll see at dealerships will be the A220, which is substantially cheaper.

The A220 gets a modest 188 horsepower. That’s average for the class, though well short of a BMW 2-Series. It still feels like enough, thanks to the A220’s light weight and a responsive dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Power isn’t the whole story, and the A-Class is blessed with a confident and compliant ride. It soaks up bumps well, even with the optional 18-inch wheels. Steering is quick and precise, though adding all-wheel drive makes it slightly more sluggish.

Expensive tech. We applaud the A-Class for its standard features, especially in the safety department. Automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors are both included. The latest MBUX infotainment system is a good one, and the base seven-inch screen isn’t bad.

What isn’t standard, however, comes at high prices. Adaptive cruise control is locked in a $1,700 package, and to get it, you’ll need approximately $3,000 in prerequisites.

Twin 10.3-inch screens for the driver and infotainment are tucked in another bundle. This is one we’d recommend adding — the extra screen real estate makes a difference.


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A luxury price tag. The A-Class starts just under $35,000. That’s a lot to spend on a compact sedan, and even more so if you add all-wheel drive ($2,000) or the larger twin screens ($1,750).

Mercedes-Benz justifies the price in its usual fashion: the A-Class feels premium inside. The materials are everything you’d expect of the brand, and the design details are superb. If you have the budget, add-ons like wood trim and metallic paint make the experience even more special.

On the plus side, the A-Class won’t cost you too much at the pump. A base A220 will do up to 29 mpg combined, which is strong for the segment. Better news may be on the horizon — Europe already has a plug-in version of the A-Class, and it’s possible that the powertrain will make its way across the Atlantic.

Final thoughts. The A-Class makes a good case for a miniature Mercedes. It looks sharp, feels luxurious inside, and handles well. As long as you don’t regularly carry four adults, it's even reasonably practical. Small cars seem to have fallen out of vogue in recent years, but models like the A-Class prove that they still deserve a look.

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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
25 / 36 / 30 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
25 / 36 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
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
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver W/painted Accents 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 / Body-colored With Chrome 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
10-way (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
10-way (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
10-way (8-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
Active Brake Assist Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot / Active Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure / Active Lane Changing Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Active Brake Assist Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Highbeam Assist (aha) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Active 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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