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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220


Christopher Sahovey, Staff Writer

The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 is the brand’s new hallmark entry sedan.  Just sitting in this car will make you feel like you’re in a much more expensive vehicle.  What’s even better is the vehicle starts at only $32,000, appealing to many younger buyers in the market.  The A-class was first introduced in Europe in the ’90s but this is the first year it is being unveiled in the U.S.  And, while exterior nuances of this car are not flashy like you might expect from a Mercedes, it is packed with next-level tech inside.  This next level tech includes a dual screen design for the gauge cluster and infotainment system. Both screens are completely customizable, allowing different information settings to go in place of the tachometer and speedometer including things like phone, navigation, and audio information.

Advanced safety features like emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control, all come standard on the base model A-class.  What is surprising is the driving dynamics of the car. While it’s only packed with an inline-4 turbocharged with 188-horsepower, it is peppy, and while it might not be the most inspiring thing you’ve ever driven, it gets the job done.  Many of the features and controls can be controlled from the thick, supple leather steering wheel, or you can use Mercedes’ new Siri-like voice control system, activating it by saying “Hey Mercedes” and accessing various in-vehicle controls, navigation, some internet functionality, and even opening and closing the sunroof’s sunshade.

Moreover, you can even use a trackpad to swipe and scroll through options and even spell out several letters at a time when typing an address or finding a contact in your phone, one of the many features adding to the athleticism and minimalism of the cabin design.       

MotorWeek did a first drive of the vehicle on YouTube and claims, “There’s more of a sense of sportiness than sedan.”  While this class wasn’t introduced in the US market to replace the CLA class, it is here to support it. Looking at the vehicle, you can see modern Mercedes design elements, even if they are slightly toned down as compared to some other models.  You can add nearly $20,000 of options which include things like sport seats, Mercedes signature AMG styling, ambient interior lighting, blind spot monitoring, and an active park assist system that can help you when parallel parking. And, like always you have the option of adding their 4Matic AWD system which can send 100% power to the front wheels and 50% power to the back, improving your grip during rain or snow.      

It isn’t remarkable that the exterior design cues are so-so for the Mercedes, or that you’re driving a Mercedes at a $30,000 price point.  What is remarkable is the available features and the technology packed into this small premium Mercedes sedan. Motorweek claims that the handling and steering make it feel like much more than just a sedan.

The all-new A-class will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2019 according to Mercedes’ website.  Only time will tell if a $30,000 Mercedes is really a Mercedes. Some might say no. So far, however, heads are turning, and car enthusiasts are excited.