2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Is One Pricey Cookie, But It’s Worth It

It’s no secret that most Americans never really liked hatchbacks, thus it’s no surprise that Mercedes-Benz won’t bring this variant of its new A-Class to the Land of the Free. U.S. buyers will, nevertheless, get the chance to sample the smallest member in Stuttgart’s stable in the form of the A-Class Sedan.

The C-Class’ smaller sibling costs about $9,000 less in entry-level A220 guise, with a $32,500 starting price with front-wheel drive, or $2,000 more if you want the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Either way, the base A-Class Sedan is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four churning out 188 HP and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque.

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As is often the case with cars from premium manufacturers, it’s very likely you won’t be satisfied by the base grade. So, getting a few optional extras is going to affect your budget to the point where you might end up paying almost new E-Class money on a well-specced variant. For example, RoadShow’s test car came with many features at a rather scary price tag of just a little under $50,000; by comparison, the E-Class, which sits a whole two segments higher, starts at $53,500.

On a more positive note, the new A-Class Sedan looks quite good and has a great interior build quality. It’s also more spacious than the CLA, with which it shares its underpinnings, offering more headroom. The MBUX infotainment system gives it extra points according to the reviewer, who appreciated the levels of customization of the two screens and the multitude of ways that driver can interact with it.

Therefore, if you can look beyond the price tag, you’ll see a very good car with only a few letdowns. For the rest of the review, you’ll have to scroll down to the video.

 

  • Christian Wimmer

    They are slowly appearing on the roads of Munich. They look great with the AMG Line package.

    As an A250 AMG Line owner, I can confirm that the new A-Class is WORTH IT. It finally feels like a premium car unlike its predecessors and so much more, MBUX is really practical and once it adapts to your voice it works flawlessly.

  • charlotteharry57

    Problem is, those, like me, who are anything but height-challenged, have major issues with fitting in it. It’s pretty cramped in there.

    • Aeromann

      How tall are you?

    • Christian Wimmer

      Upfront it’s actually very spacious, Rear? Well, I am 6’4″ and I can also comfortably fit into the rear of my A250 Hatchback if the front seat is isn’t pushed all the way back. Legroom is actually ok. Headspace is a slight problem as my head hits the ceiling. But it’s tolerable for short journeys.

      Then again this is to be expected with such a car. Smaller folks or children won’t really complain if they have to sit in the rear.

  • SteersUright

    Looks quite good?!
    If you’ve seen this car in person its anything but good looking. It looks cheap as hell, bland and utterly forgettable. In fact, it looks much more Toyota Corolla than anything that should come from MB. And 188hp is unacceptable from a luxury brand charging these prices for it. If it were $22k+ I’d likely be more forgiving. At the $40k+ these will likely go for I’d have to think only brand conscious fools would be lining up.

    • Aeromann

      I am very curious about which car you drive. 🤔

    • BlackPegasus

      I saw one in person just last week and (visually) it was unimpressive.

    • Matt

      I saw one parked up this morning and thought it looked great, very distinct and had a ‘premium’ look, moreso than the outgoing CLA.

  • TheBelltower

    If this is competing with the S3, then I’m not sure MB has been successful. The current S3, which is comparable to a B5 A4/S4, doesn’t look or feel like a cheap car. People choose the S3 or RS3 because they want a great car, not because they can’t afford an S4/A4. The A Class seems like a car that young buyers have to buy because they cant afford/justify a C Class, which is also a cheaper alternative to an E Class. And I have a viscerally negative reaction to the jellybean colored lighting and sphincter air vents.

    • diesel_vdub

      It doesn’t compete with the S3, it competes with the A3. An AMG version of the A class would compete with the S3/RS3

      • TheBelltower

        The AMG would definitely be closer in spec to the S3 and RS3.

        • Rimas Kurtinaitis

          That’s an AMG line there, not a full-fat version. Think of an Impossible Burger. Looks like meat, ultimately isn’t.

    • Aeromann

      S3 and RS3 are great cars? LOL
      Are you a VW fanboy?

      • TheBelltower

        Seriously? You must be new here.

        • javier

          straight line acceleration good , handling meh

        • Aeromann

          Maybe, I didn’t want to hurt you.

          For me all of the VW group is the same, we cannot talk about luxury or good quality…

          • TheBelltower

            I have owned Audis. I like them just fine, but I’m very critical of them also whenever it’s warranted. Regardless, whenever Mercedes is reviewed, it’s a obvious comparison to bring up BMW or Audi to see who stacks up best.

          • Aeromann

            I had as well, the Audi 200 was great, A8 MK1 as well…
            Today they are boring and not really different from other VW models.

            I understand your point.

            I think we should compare the RS3 to the A45, it will be more interesting. 😉

          • TheBelltower

            Totally

    • Christian Wimmer

      I’m a new A-Class owner from Germany. I bought my A250 AMG Line without wanting a C-Class. Why? Because of three main reasons:

      1) The current C-Class would not fit into my allotted apartment parking space spot. Even a CLA would not fit! The A-Class would.

      and

      2) The Technology. At the time and as of now, the A-Class has more advanced technology than the C-Class or even the S-Class, MBUX etc. is so amazing, practical and useful. The C-Class just feels outdated and in a way you’re getting a much better deal by going for the A-Class than a C-Class if the latest technology is your thing.

      and

      3) The A-Class Hatchback is roomy enough to carry all my photographic gear, tripods, lights, batteries for lights and tripods for lights, softboxes etc. It’s a compact yet roomy car.

      Despite mine being FWD, I find it a lot of fun to drive. The engine is a gem, the 7-DCT is amazing and in Sport Mode the personality, suspension and steering response all change (it’s like a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” kind of experience) and add some flair and excitement to the standard Comfort Mode (still awesome) driving experience. My previous car was a 2007 BMW 118i, which was RWD and also heaps of fun.

    • javier

      the base a class competes with a3, the forthcoming 35 version with s3 and 45 version with rs3. The handling on the amgs is more balanced without the ridiculous vag understeer front heaviness. As far as the a class being for people who can’t afford the c class perhaps, but there is nothing wrong with that

  • I saw one today, I’ll keep my A3.

  • ME

    MB build it where labor is cheap in Mexico and charges as if it was built in Germany.

  • getoffme

    Worth it? Haha, no.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    the pricing of the new A-Class is a total rip-off… a few years ago you could buy a full equip A6, 5-Series for the same price and with much better engine

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