The Mercedes-Benz CLA is no longer the German automaker’s cheapest new model that you can purchase in the U.S. Today, that “honor” goes to the all-new 2019 A-Class Sedan, which is priced from $32,500, exactly the same as the 2019 Audi A3 Sedan.
This particular one however is far from entry-level, as reviewer Doug DeMuro explains just how well equipped it is, falling just shy of nailing a really good score in the on-board tech department.
Forget about the old CLA
Since the all-new CLA won’t go on sale in the U.S. until later on this year, buyers are forced to compare the latest A-Class Sedan with the first-generation CLA, which isn’t much of a fair fight.
DeMuro mentions how the cabin of the 2019 A-Class Sedan is greatly improved when considering that of the old CLA, from both a build quality standpoint as well as available technology. He also found the car reasonably comfortable, especially in the back with regards to headroom.
Moving on to performance, this model (the A 220) utilized a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, good for 188 HP and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque, which means you can accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.1 seconds – not particularly quick, but acceptable for this price range.
In the end, the 2019 Mercedes A 220 Sedan looks like a very capable car, the quintessential baby Mercedes-Benz. Still, whether or not you should buy one, wait for the 2019 CLA or just spend an extra $8,900 and get a C-Class, are all valid questions to ask yourself.