Feels And Looks Like A Mercedes. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class may be the most affordable way to get the automaker’s three-pointed star, but it doesn’t feel like it. The A-Class draws people in with its high-end design that borrows similar lines from the CLA and CLS. The slim headlights, sleek grille, and rakish roofline help the A-Class look every bit as high-end as Mercedes-Benz’s other vehicles.

It’s a similar story on the inside where the A-Class features an upscale design and premium materials. The A-Class’ cabin looks nearly identical to the brand’s far more expensive sedans with circular air vents, a streamlined dashboard, and large screens. For an entry-level car, the A-Class certainly doesn't have any entry-level qualities.

The main issues with the A-Class are its small size, interior space, and cargo space. While the small Mercedes has seating for up to five people, adults will be cramped in the rear with just 33.9 inches of rear legroom. Additionally, fitting three people next to one another in the back is a squeeze. Cargo capacity is the larger disappointment in the A-Class. The sedan offers just 8.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is behind the majority of its competitors.

First-Class Technology.Mercedes offers the A-Class with the same high-tech features that you’ll find in the brand’s larger offerings. Seeing the A-Class with the latest MBUX infotainment system and screen-heavy dashboard is surprising, given its affordable starting price.

The A-Class comes standard with a seven-inch digital instrument cluster and a seven-inch touchscreen that dominates the dashboard. In addition to being high-tech, the screens also give the A-Class a modern design. Additional standard features on the sedan include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, “Hey, Mercedes” voice recognition, and an HD Radio.

While Mercedes’ smallest car comes with an impressive list of standard tech features, its list of available features is even more eye-opening. The A-Class is available with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, navigation, a 12-speaker Burmester audio system, a wireless charging pad, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and augmented video for the navigation system. The technology may seem daunting at first, but it’s intuitive and easy to use.

Acceptable Performance. For 2022, the AMG A35 model has been put on hold for the model year. That means the A-Class will only be available in an A220 trim. The trim comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for an additional $2,000.

The A220 accelerates smoothly but is slower to 60 mph than a few of its competitors. Oddly, the FWD A-Class handles and rides better than models with AWD that can feel firm and harsh over rough roads. Precise steering, a poised ride, and non-existent turbo lag result in a sedan that’s enjoyable to drive.

The lack of a high-performance model means the A-Class doesn’t have a direct competitor to sporty offerings like the BMW M2, Audi S3, and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35. We hope to see the AMG A35 return in the future, as the extra power adds another level to the sedan.

True Luxury Car Price Tag. While the A-Class is priced affordably for a Mercedes, it’s a pricey vehicle with a starting price tag of $35,000 (with destination). With AWD, the A-Class starts at $37,000. And that’s before you start looking at packages. A fully-loaded A-Class with all the bells and whistles costs just shy of $55,000. That’s a lot of money for a subcompact sedan.

With the sedan’s large price tag, one would assume that it comes with a long list of standard safety features, but that’s not the case. Automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, a driver drowsiness monitor, and crosswind assist are standard.

A lot of safety features are locked behind the $1,700 Driver Assistance Package that adds adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, evasive steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, active blind-spot monitoring, and lane change assist. A surround-view parking camera and park assist are available as part of a $1,090 package.

Final Thoughts. For consumers looking to get into a Mercedes-Benz, the A-Class is the ideal vehicle to cater to a younger group of shoppers. While it’s the most affordable car in the lineup, it offers the same level of luxury and technology found in larger, more expensive cars. It’s not the most spacious vehicle, nor does it offer blistering performance, but it has the prestige of a three-pointed star in a smaller package.

In comparison, the BMW 2-Series is available in a sedan and coupe body style. It’s also offered with punchy engines, has sharp handling, and nearly the same tech features as the A-Class. The Audi A3 is another one of the A-Class’ competitors. It comes with a 201-hp mild-hybrid powertrain, a modern design, a high-tech interior, and 10.9 cubic feet of cargo space.

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