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Entry-level models provide shoppers with an affordably priced way into a luxury carmaker’s lineup, and the A-class fills this role in the Mercedes-Benz product range. This subcompact sedan is the smallest car in automaker’s selection of vehicles; it’s also the least expensive. With a long list of standard features, a premium-looking cabin, and relatively accessible pricing, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-class offers good value. Despite its small footprint, this sedan provides spacious accommodations for passengers, with a respectable amount of legroom for adults in the back seat. Keep in mind, however, that rival models offer more cargo space. Overall, this baby Mercedes shines as a top choice among entry-level luxury sedans.
The Mercedes-Benz A-class made its United States debut in the 2019 model year. It carries over into 2020 with no major changes.
The A220 comes with a full selection of standard equipment, and we think this version of the A-class will be a great match for most buyers who are interested in this sedan. Seventeen-inch wheels connect the car to the pavement, and the list of exterior features includes automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals. All models come with a panoramic sunroof that lets natural light into the cabin. Passengers enjoy standard features such as eight-way power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You’ll probably want to add the Premium package ($1650), which brings in upscale amenities such as a 10.25-inch touchscreen, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and power-folding side mirrors. We’d also recommend including blind-spot monitoring ($550) for help with making safer lane changes. With these options added, the Mercedes-Benz A220 has a total price of $35,995.
With the 2020 A-class, the sole engine choice is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard with the A220, while the A220 4Matic adds all-wheel drive. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission handles the gear shifts. The A220 4Matic we tested hustled from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. That’s a bit slower than an A3 we tested, which made the sprint in 5.5 seconds when equipped with the top engine in the model’s lineup. We noticed that front-drive A-class sedans travel with less impact harshness than the heavier all-wheel-drive model. Still, both models deliver a ride quality that’s reasonably comfortable and poised. Steering is precise, throttle response is superb, and there’s almost no turbo lag.
The EPA estimates that the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 will achieve fuel economy of 24/35 mpg city/highway. That’s less fuel efficient than the Audi A3 (27/36 mpg), but it gets better mileage than the Acura ILX (24/34 mpg). With the A220 4Matic, mileage dips to 24/34 mpg.
With entry-level luxury models, the cabin design can sometimes be heavy on the entry-leveland light on the luxury. That isn’t the case with the A-class. This sedan has an interior with a premium look that lives up to Mercedes-Benz standards. A trio of circular air vents add decorative flair to the center stack, and the cabin can be upgraded with upscale options such as leather upholstery, heated front seats and LED interior lighting. The front seats deliver memorable comfort, and that helps make the A-class a great car for those who face long commutes. A standard folding back seat with a 40/20/40 split allows you to accommodate items too large to fit in the trunk. Speaking of the trunk, the A-class has one significant weakness: It’s light on cargo capacity. The car’s trunk provides just 9.0 cubic feet of room for your belongings.
The 2020 A-class comes with standard tech features such as Bluetooth phone and music streaming, HD radio and a 7-inch touchscreen. Base models also come with an eight-speaker sound system, five USB-C ports, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. A larger 10.25-inch touchscreen is offered as part of the available Premium package. The range of optional equipment also includes SiriusXM satellite radio and a Burmester stereo.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-class hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Though it’s light on standard driver-assistance features, a broad range of these amenities are offered as optional equipment. Key safety features include:
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-class is merely adequate when it comes to the scope of its warranty coverage. You’ll get a longer powertrain warranty with rivals such as the Acura ILX.
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