2019 Mercedes A-Class Grows Up, Gets More Stylish And A Lot Smarter (Live Images)

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class has finally been unveiled, boasting more sophisticated looks compared to its predecessor, more efficient engines and plenty of modern safety and convenience tech.

As far as styling is concerned, the new A-Class represents a next step in Mercedes‘ design philosophy of Sensual Purity. Gone are the aggressive lines of the third-generation model, replaced by a more elegant and mature aesthetic, similar in design to the all-new CLS.

Helping the new A-Class stand out is its progressive front end design, characterized by the low bonnet, flat LED headlights with chrome elements and the torch-like DRLs. Compared to its predecessor, the bonnet of the new model slopes down more heavily, giving the front end a more dynamic appearance.

Meanwhile, larger wheel arches (for 16 to 19-inch alloys) help the new A-Class look more purposeful on the road.

The rear end design does its part too, giving off the impression that the car is more muscular and ready to pounce. As for the slim, two-section taillights, they seem far removed from the chunky aesthetic of the old ones.

What it’s like inside?

Moving on to the interior reveals just how many big strides Mercedes have made with regards to this model. The cabin features a more modern, “avant-garde look”, as the automaker puts it, while the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one door to the other. While the ambient lighting could easily take your breath away with the 64 available colors, what really stands out about the all-new A-Class’ interior is its free-standing widescreen display.

Future buyers can choose between the following three touchscreen display combos: either two 7-inch displays (17.78 cm), one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch (26 cm) display or two massive 10.25-inch displays.

Looks aside, uttering the phrase ‘Hey Mercedes’ will introduce you to the MBUX, as the new A-Class is the first ever Mercedes-Benz model to feature this completely new multimedia system. What sets MBUX apart is its ability to learn thanks to Artificial Intelligence technology, potentially creating an emotional connection between the vehicle and its driver/passengers. As for other impressive tech-related features, there is the head-up display, Car-to-X communication, the Vehicle Tracker and the Mercedes Me app collection.

Has it really grown up?

Since this model has grown up in more ways than one, we should mention that there is more shoulder, elbow and headroom than ever before, and it’s all thanks to the longer wheelbase and wider track. There’s even more room for luggage with a total of 370 liters (13 cu.ft) available – 29 liters (1.02 cu.ft) more than in the previous model.

If that’s not impressive enough, consider that the all-new A-Class comes with not just heated seats but also seat climate control and a Multicontour Seat package with massage function (for the front seats).

On the road, the 2018 A-Class borrows heavily from the flagship S-Class model, boasting features such as Active Distance Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane Change Assist and Active Brake Assist (standard), while the PRE-SAFE Plus function can recognize an imminent rear-end collision and firmly apply the brakes, minimizing a potential forward jolt.

Tell me about the engine specs

Powering the car, at first, will be three engine variants – two petrol models (A 200 and A 250) and a diesel (A 180 d). The A 200 will utilize a 1.4-liter four-cylinder unit, good for 163 PS (160 HP) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, combined with either a 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic or a six-speed manual. The A 250 on the other hand comes with a 2.0-liter four-banger, with 224 PS (221 HP) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. As for the four-cylinder diesel, it has a displacement of 1.5-liters, pushing out 116 PS (114 HP) and 260 Nm (191 lb-ft) of peak torque. The A 250 and A 180d will initially only come with the 7G-DCT gearbox.

As for performance, the A 200 can sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8 seconds flat (7G-DCT) or 8.2 seconds with the manual. Top speed is 225 km/h (139 mph) and the average fuel consumption stands at 5.1 l/100 km (46.1 US mpg) for the automatic and 5.6 l/100 km (42 US mpg) for the manual. The more powerful A 250 needs just 6.2 seconds to hit 100 km/h, maxing out at 250 km/h (155 mph) and averaging (when possible) 6.0 l/100 km (39.2 US mpg). As expected, the diesel will be the most fuel efficient, in need of just 4.1 l/100 km (57.3 US mpg). It will also do 0-100 in 10.5 seconds and max out at 202 km/h (125 mph).

Upon request, buyers can opt for the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system as well as a choice of suspension systems, with available active damping control.

So, when can I buy it?

The 2018 all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will go on sale in Europe next month, taking the fight to the likes of the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3, Infiniti Q30 and Volvo V40.

Article has been updated with live images from the presentation

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  • U8INIT

    This little car gone be $50K when it’s all said and done…watch…

    • David Lee

      you probably right

    • Tumbi Mtika

      70K

    • Nordschleife

      Oh no doubt and then they will be making a CL1 or something as the new value model.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Cadillac will probably have a problem with that.

  • Bo Hanan

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    boasting more sophisticated looks
    Really?
    Looks awfully similar to the last one. In fact, is that the last one shown?

  • Evo45

    It reminded me of Hyundai i30 from side rear profile (as in 4th photo)

  • David Lee

    anyone think the design looks a little too “safe” for a entry level car Merc? They could have gone a littlbit more daring.

    • Justin Spencer

      Mercedes was less conservative with the CLA and it ended up looking like it was melting into the road….and cheap! I think the design is pretty well balanced. At the very least you’ll have a plethora of wheels and colors to choose from to make it your own.

      • David Lee

        yeah, I get your point, the CLA looked absolute crap and designs like those age quickly. Maybe there will be an AMG style package or something though.

    • jamie

      The first ‘new’ A Class from 2012/13 was much better than this. The first version was also better than the mid-life facelift, which made it look blander. The 2019 design is another backwards step. This is probably the most boring car Mercedes has produced in years.

  • PK

    hmm the looks are ok i guess but the interior is <3!!!!

  • rover10

    The instrument panel is right on target, very simple and modern. Something has gone from the exterior? The new Mercedes ‘sucked cough sweet’ styling is in evidence here too! In truth, I did not expect this of all Mercedes models to be replaced, it did not visually need refreshing??

  • Al Thomass

    Is it a Seat Leon? looks like a bad chinease copy

    • Sébastien

      I like the Leon and can’t see where you’d see anything similar

  • Akira

    I can’t stand this new down syndrome face… And please someone at BMW or Audi teach Mercedes how to do digital gauges.

  • Merc1

    If they got the ride/handling balance right, they have a winner. This bodes well for the A-Class sedan coming to the U.S. this fall. Next CLA will be worlds better than the current POS CLA.

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  • erly5

    Disappointingly similar to the last one. I’m not a fan of this evolutionary design route that a lot of manufacturers seem to be adopting these days. Is it not enough to have the same design in different sizes? (Audi and Mercedes are the worst culprits). Now a new car has to look almost identical to its predecessor!

    • Nordschleife

      BMW is the king of this.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Misspelled Audi there, buddy.

        • Nordschleife

          I put Audi and the computer autocorrect it to BMW my friend and we all know autocorrect is right. lol.

    • Ermal Morina

      How in the world does this look like the predecessor? Like really cmon,this is a whole new design compared to the last one…

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Whoa!!! This doesn’t scream entry luxury or any kind of luxury to me. Mazda has done a much better job at making their Mazda-3 look more premium.

    • Matt

      The colors in the press photos don’t help (matt grey and white). It looks far more premium in rich glossy hues like black.

    • To be fair Mazda can do very little wrong with their designs lately

    • jamie

      Totally agree. The Mazda ‘Kodo’ design language is far more worthy of a premium brand than Mercedes’. The new Mazda 3 (2019) looks incredible. Even the Mazda 6 catches my eye more than a C Class or E Class.

  • LWOAP

    Baby CLS.

  • www.nscribd.com

    besides the interior i prefer the old (current) gen

  • Samuel

    Any details on the AMG versions? Looking very good.

  • salamOOn

    i cant get over the lights (both front and rear) design and placement….. just like with the new CLS.
    really weird looking, and i cant describe why…..

    • alexxx

      They look awkward.
      Trying to hard to be different.

  • eminem09494

    Ugly shitbox

  • Kyle Newberry

    Probably the only Merc I’ve thought wow, that looks great.

  • Joel Serpico

    Very large nose… ugly. The way is free for the Audi A3.

  • europeon

    No hybrid at launch?

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    So… when’s America gonna get the jacked up, plastic clad, heavier, worse version? Because “Crossovers”.

  • chris

    anyone think the design looks a little too “safe” for a entry level car Merc? They could have gone a littlbit more daring.

  • Cloudbusted

    4,5 meters long? WTH Mercedes?

    • haudit

      It’s now longer overall and in the wheelbase than both the first and second generation C-Class.

      • Cloudbusted

        exactly, it’s just doesn’t make sense!

      • alexxx

        Really?! Strange…

    • StrangerGP

      I bet the interior is still going to feel small

  • ZYGIUS

    Current gen looks way more aggressive and better… Second dissapointment after cls…

    • Wait until AMG tinker with it

  • ctk4949

    Its a nice looking hatchback, but will it come to the US?? Looks kinda like a Mazda 3 hatchback.

  • haudit

    Was there really any need for this car to be over 20cm longer than its immediate predecessor? It’s now larger than the first and second generations of the C-Class.

  • Joll
  • DM

    Mercedes is on a roll lately. Cool little car, I’m sure it will sell really good. The front works really well but the rear, as some have pointed out, looks rather generic. Overall a fun car with a nice interior por its class. Huge improvement from the previous car.

  • Nordschleife

    This looks good to me. The current felt slightly econobox but this one at least looks premium. Now we will see what the lesser versions looks like without the kit.

  • Fabián Montiel

    The interior is very nice but the exterior…… the back is weird and the front, the headlights are like when you wake up, open your curtains and the sun is so bright you can barely see a thing, just awful.

  • Jake

    The front is a huge improvement over the previous generation. Much more proportionate. Hopefully the same treatment is applied to the whole range as the current gen of Merc’s look very front heavy and some even have the two cars joined look.

    The wind tunnel photos make this thing look super classy. I think the matte paint in the launch shots give it a sport orientation, but should have been accompanied by a nice gloss set which really brings out the refinement and class of the body (the white looks great but sort of straddles sport/class).

  • Ray Filetti

    Stylish?

  • Ermal Morina

    I like it.The design really works in the A class.The interior is simply stunning,and the graphics on those screens is gorgeous,I think they are taking the lead with this MBUX

  • Ruel Lewis

    Oh no…..i’m having flashbacks……not again.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I like it. I like it a lot

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks good

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    Not bad but bmw and audi will release new 1 and a3 sometime next year

  • Ruel Lewis

    Now people cant tell if you have a cls or an a class.

  • Vanquish

    it looks like a basic hatch except the headlights and mercedes emblem nothing special about it, honestly could be anything. The interior is nice though big improvement

    • javier

      It’s a premium hatch, some people like the niche some don’t. I don’t know if i like the dash setup. I have a gla45 and i never use the infotainment/net so the money spent with the whole mbux thing would be waisted. The rs3 would be ok if it came in hatch. Rs4 avant if they import would be sweet but too expensive

      • Vanquish

        not sure the point of your comment at all…….premium hatch or not it just looks like a basic hatch with a mercedes emblem didnt say I dont like hatchbacks its just this one looks like it could be any number of brands except the headlights and emblem. Also, the RS3 does come in a hatch and to me looks more premium than this its boring but I can at least tell its an Audi. The current A class to me also looks more distinctive.

        • javier

          Exterior styling is completely subjective therefore your opinion means nothing., The a3 hatch doesn’t get imported to the states except etron

    • My thoughts exactly: nothing Merc’ish about this, exterior-wise.

  • Kagan

    I don’t even notice it!

  • StrangerGP

    sad from the front, the same from the side, Hyundai like from the back, the “uncovered” screens in the interior also look ugly

  • Six_Tymes

    interior, amazing design, technology everywhere impressive. exterior/shape of this car has always been not pleasing at all, I would never consider it, its still shaped and looks like a shoe.

  • Pedro Pereira

    I just went blind by looking at it.

  • Bash

    Looks nicer to me.

  • Vassilis

    Mmmm very pretty! Much better than the current one. Don’t love the interior though.

  • Kagan

    Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy.

  • exeptor

    I like it a lot … as a car. Do I like it as Mercedes – I don’t know. Interior is mega. Not just in clas mega but in general – probably the best Merc interior so far.

  • Dan Iosubescu

    A lot smarter car for a lot stupid people ….. wtf do we need smart cars ? In the meantime the engines remain technologically on the same level as 20 years ago …. the same poluted sh*it which make us pay more and more on gasoline , repair an so on ….. but we need smart cars…the only thing smart in cars is to look fuc*king ahead not on 20″ screens….

  • Justin Spencer

    Now THIS is a compact hatchback! It’s absolutely stunning and with all the features I’ve ever wanted in a car like this. An A250 4MATIC would be my model of choice but only if it topped out at less than $40K. Any more than that and you’d might as well just opt for a C-Class.

  • AxlRock

    Looks are one thing, but this matte grey (or is it black) color is not doing it any favors. It just doesn’t go with this or the CLS. And like the CLS, the A class looks good if you pick the right alloys and the right color.

  • TheHake

    “averaging (when possible) 6.0 l/100 km”
    WTF does THAT mean???????????

  • Enter Ranting

    Sensual Purity?! I lost track of the number of fake grilles and vents on this thing. The interior looks like a 16-year-old went nuts in a clearance bin at PepBoys. This thing is a total mess. Mercedes design is officially done.

  • jamie

    Mercedes seem determined to make their cars look as bland as possible. The 2019 A Class looks like a premium Peugeot. The C Class looks like a Vauxhall/Opel sedan and the CLA is plain ugly. Whoever is in charge of design at Mercedes needs replacing. It’s been like this since their new design language came in around 2012.

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