With no technical alterations for 2022, the A-Class baby sedan from Mercedes-Benz continues as a one-model range. There’s only a $300 price increase to report over the mechanically-identical 2021 model. The power-packed Mercedes-AMG A35 will reportedly not be offered for 2022.
Mercedes-Benz has reportedly confirmed that the A-Class will be discontinued and that there will be no 2023 model year.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Your only buying decision in terms of A-Class ownership relates to the drivetrain, with front-wheel drive models retailing at $35,000 including destination, whereas 4MATIC all-wheel drive vehicles cost $37,000.
Powered by a two-liter turbocharged gas engine, the A-Class generates 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to either the front or all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT), returning an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 28 combined.
The now-unavailable Mercedes-AMG A35 was powered by a four-cylinder turbo tuned to 302 hp with a special AMG DCT.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0 turbo||188 hp||221 lb-ft||25/35/28 MPG|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater A-Class stands at a modest 8.6 cu ft with the rear seats in place.
The A-Class might be a compact sedan, but it’s packed with safety equipment. There are eight airbags throughout the cabin, while traction control and crosswind assistance are among a plethora of driver aids. Adaptive braking technology with active brake assistance, rain-sensing wipers, and blind-spot detection are all standard, as are cruise control and LED exterior lighting. Even so, it’ll cost $1,700 to add the ten safety elements of the Driver Assistance Package, which introduces active inputs for the steering, brakes, and lane changes.
Mercedes-Benz’s familiar MBUX multimedia system is standard on the A-Class, with voice control and a seven-inch touchscreen alongside a touchpad and separate steering wheel buttons. This collectively powers an infotainment system including smartphone integration, HD radio, Bluetooth, and a total of five USB-C ports. You can spend thousands of dollars improving this setup to include twin 10.25-inch digital screens, navigation, and gesture control, all of which are separate upgrades.
Settling into the A-Class’s powered front seats (with three-position memory settings) reveals a cabin illuminated by a panoramic roof and 64-color LED ambient lighting which even extends to the air vents. Dual-zone climate cools, keyless entry simplifies, and five USB ports offer both power and connectivity. Comfort suspension and a start/stop system are under-the-skin features, and cruise control takes the sting out of long freeway journeys.
Available packages include the $1,750 Premium Package, combining twin 10.25-inch digital displays with power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors. Spending $1,300 secures the Multimedia pack’s navigation with augmented video content and speed limit assistance. It’s possible to spend $1,090 on a surround-view system with active parking assist or $1,700 for the ten-feature Driver Assistance Package. This encompasses everything from lane-keeping and emergency braking support to active steering assistance and route-based speed adaptation.
With a single trim level on sale, your only buying decision relates to optional extras. Specifying the Driver Assistance Package hugely improves the A-Class’s safety, while navigation and an improved infotainment interface represent other tempting upgrades.