2019 Mercedes A-Class Sedan Fits A Whole Lot Of Style Into Its Compact Shape

Luxury, in the automotive sphere, used to equate size. But that was then. Nowadays though, upscale automakers are paying more and more attention to their smallest models, packing as much luxury as they can into as small a shape as possible in an attempt to attract younger buyers, and keep discerning customers happy even in congested city centers.

Mercedes has arguably been chief among them, expanding its entry-level lineup with a growing array of models – like the new B-Class just unveiled for the first time here at the 2018 Paris Auto Show, or the new A-Class sedan that’s made its major-show debut at the same.

Sitting alongside the CLA four-door coupe, GLA crossover, and the A-Class hatchback, the new compact sedan occupies a place once held by the C-Class that has, in typical style, grown larger and more upscale with each iteration. That’s left room at the bottom end of the range for an even smaller sedan that packs all the luxury amenities and latest technologies into its minuscule footprint.

That includes Benz’s trick new MBUX infotainment system that, contrary to convention, has debuted in the German automaker’s smallest model before making its way up-market to larger and more expensive offerings. It incorporates a wide screen bridging from the instrument panel across the dashboard and features voice control, a touchpad, and even a head-up display, turning the new A-Class into a rolling technological showcase – all packed into a right-sized form just 179.1 inches (4,549 mm) long.

That’s smaller than any C-Class since the W203 generation that launched at the turn of the millennium.

US models will come (at least initially) in A220 spec, with a 2.0-liter turbo four sending 188 horsepower (140 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission to either the front wheels or all four. The car is slated reach dealers Stateside before year-end.

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  • Rot

    Imprezza felgen LOL

  • Zandit75

    I like the A class hatch, but they’ve missed the mark with the sedan. Audi showed us how to do a small sedan right with the A3 sedan.

    • At least it doesn’t look almost exactly like a Kia Cerato sedan……..

      • Zandit75

        Seriously? You think the A3 looks like a Cerato?

        • I was referring to the A-Class hatch, not the A3……..

          • Zandit75

            Ahh, gotcha!

    • El de Ngaan

      “They’ve missed the mark”. Please substantiate.

      • Zandit75

        The proportions are off, and you can see the hatch design in the rear 3/4 look of the sedan. It’s not a clean re-design for the sedan. The headlights and tailights look too low, and I think most of that comes from the molten look of the Merc design language.

        • El de Ngaan

          I’m fine with its proportions.It looks much better than its stubby predecessor. The headlights being low is a regulatory requirement to counter the intensity of the modern lights being so bright and blinding oncoming traffic. The whole auto industry is now responding to this regulatory requirement. With its less tapered design at the back I guess the benefits on interior space will be a great improvement and will probably beat the comparable Audi in this regard.

    • Philip George

      Don’t be cheeky. This A Class sedan is far better than A3 sedan.

      • KidRed

        Don’t be silly. At least normal size people can get into the A3.

        • Merc1

          You’ve sat in the new A-Class sedan?

          M

          • Philip George

            He hasn’t, obviously, but he’s silly enough to take a dim view of it.

        • Philip George

          Well, you definitely don’t come across as being normal. Get checked.

      • Zandit75

        Cheeky?! I’m just trying to be honest. The proportions are way off with the A-Class sedan, especially when seen from side on. The Audi is a classic 3 box design, where as you can easily see that the A Class was originally a hatch, and they’ve modified that design into a sedan. Perhaps it’s the molten look of the Merc’s that hasn’t translated as well.

        • Philip George

          The design works perfectly well. Let’s not be over-critical for the sake of it. Maybe the A3 sedan is just your thing? This A-Class sedan is already being raved about by young guys who seek a 4 door entry vehicle in premium segment. AMG versions will be quite popular.

    • SteersUright

      True. All the sedan needed was to be a tiny bit more broad shouldered with slightly wider fenders enhancing its “presence” and stance. It would appear more baby AMG rather than look like a Kia with an MB badge on it. That said, the interior looks pretty bad ass.

  • jfalckt

    Mercedes have really got it back on track these days whilst BMW seem to be losing it.

  • Enter Ranting

    Couldn’t they fit any more fake grilles on it? I’m counting six. And such a cheap-looking interior.

    • El de Ngaan

      Aren’t there any mass produced fossil fuel powered cars these days without fake grilles and exhausts? So why pick on this one in particular?

      • Enter Ranting

        I call out everyone for this stupid styling trend, especially Mercedes, who is supposed to be better than everyone else. Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it right.

  • Kagan

    NIce wheels.

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