Canada Gets 2019 Mercedes A-Class Hatch, The U.S. Does Not

Fans of premium compact hatchbacks aren’t exactly spoiled for choice in the United States, their only options being the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, Mini Clubman, and Infiniti QX30.

In this context, it can be frustrating to see that Canada is getting the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback while the United States is not. So yes, Canadian buyers have been able to order themselves a brand new 2019 A-Class hatchback since November 2018.

Now, MBPassionBlog reports the model has arrived at Mercedes’ Canadian dealers in two configurations — the A250 and A250 4Matic. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 221 hp (224 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque between 1,800 and 4,000 rpm.

Linked to a standard 7G-DCT automatic transmission, the engine drives the front wheels in the standard model and all four wheels in the A250 4Matic. The A250 starts at C$35,990 (about $27,500 in U.S. currency) while the A250 4Matic is priced from C$37,990 (approximately $29,000). The prices don’t include tax and delivery costs.

So what do Canadian customers get for their money? Quite a lot, as it turns out. The standard spec sheet includes a panoramic glass sunroof, LED headlights and taillights, 17-inch alloys, Artico upholstery, heated front seats (power adjustable with memory function for the driver), Thermotronic automatic climate control, 7-inch MBUX infotainment system, rearview camera, Dynamic Select and much more.

Canadian buyers who want more features can choose between five packages (Premium Package, Navigation Package, Sport Package, Technology Package, and Night Package). Several standalone options are also available.

Like in the United States, the A-Class sedan is also available in Canada in A220 and A220 4Matic configurations.

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    proof that canadian market is more various than american market

  • Puddingpopper


  • SteersUright

    Dumb move. American will buy hatches when they’re good looking and this is one of the few that actually is. The sedan version of this looks like a ugly afterthought, likely, because it is.

  • Jarosław Kotowicz

    It is not that simple.

  • MikeyOrange

    Canada has frequently received Mercedes models that the US hasn’t, we got the original A-class hatch. It’s based on on Mercedes Canada and USA’s pirorities.
    The original A-class hatch sold well here and, generally, hatches don’t sell well in the US, especially when a sedan is available… or in the MB USA’s case, CUVs and SUVs.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    There is a common understanding among many EU brands that the Northamerican market does not like hatchbacks so they tend to sell sedans. For the same reason, Canada, which is perceived as more “European” to an extent, gets those. Whether these are just old perceptions dragged in 2019 or not rests on the single brands, and probably on their sales’ data and strategies. But if you sell a VW Golf, you can probably sell an A Class, provided that customer is eager to pay the extra a Benz costs compared to a Golf without getting the tail.

  • Able

    I wonder if MB Canada convert the rear indicators to red. I hope not.

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