2019 Mercedes A-Class Sedan Is Cheap Only By Benz Standards

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.


  • Christian Wimmer

    For goofy DeMuro standards this was actually quite a decent review and fair rating – except when it comes to “performance.”

    That’s the only thing I disagreed with; his claim that the A220 is “underpowered”. I’ve driven the A180d (diesel) and A200 hatches and they were actually very agile and in the case of the 163-hp A200 quick. They’re not all-out performance cars, but they’re not slow. For most people the performance of the even more powerful A220 is going to be more than sufficient.

    And if not then there’s always AMG…

  • eye.surgeon

    Good luck finding one under $40k on the lot. It’s the lease price that really matters for these anyways, “aspirational” owners will lease not buy. Look for overly optimistic residuals to move a bunch of these and get people into the Mercedes ecosystem. It’s amazing what that badge will sell, this car in base form is in every objective measure inferior to a $23k civic.


    Doug’s review is best thing to get a sleep.
    I am a true fan off this guy, but I have to watch each video three times, because I get a sleep every 10 min. 😁😁😁

  • StrangerGP

    it’s funny how the check engine light is already on despite this being a brand new car

    • Christian Wimmer

      All the warning lights come on display when you press the engine start button (without your foot touching the brake pedal). It’s part of turning on the electrical systems without turning on the engine. Happens in my new A250 AMG Line and is completely normal.

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  • DM

    Sure, the design is nothing to be excited about but it is a very nice looking car, although I kind of prefer the straight lines and style of the A3 sedan. I don´t get the hate with small premium sedans; they are aimed at a very specific kind of buyer that appreciates luxury brands, or maybe wants to try them without breaking the bank, and if satisfied, will return and purchase a more expensive vehicle. Smart!

  • EM1

    Again your posting this jerky?

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