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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class ranked #11 in Luxury Small Cars. Currently the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a score of 7.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 8 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.4
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
TBD
Reliability:
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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

The all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a premium cabin with brand-new and futuristic features. It earns lots of praise and places in the upper half of the competitive luxury small car class. However, its stiff ride and tiny trunk keep it from reaching the top of the heap.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Good fuel economy estimates
  • High-end interior
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Small trunk
  • Stiff ride in 4Matic models

Is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class a Good Car?

Yes, the new 2019 A-Class is a good car. Entering the North American market for the first time, this baby Benz features a strong, fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, responsive handling, and an elegant interior with good back-seat space for a luxury small car. The A-Class introduces an entirely new infotainment system from Mercedes, and it’s intuitive compared to rival setups.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

The A-Class should appeal to shoppers who want a fun, high-end, small luxury car but are on a relatively limited budget. It has a starting MSRP of $32,500, which is one of the lowest starting prices in the class. The A-Class is a better car than the brand’s other entry-level model, the Mercedes-Benz CLA. It also stacks up well against other compact luxury cars like the Audi A3.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is an all-new car, so there are no used or older models available.

We Did the Research for You: 8 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed eight Mercedes-Benz A-Class reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 A-Class is the right new car for you.

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How Much Does the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Cost?

The A-Class is one of the most affordable cars in the class. The entry-level 220 sedan starts at $32,500, and you can add all-wheel drive for an extra $2,000.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz A-Class or Mercedes-Benz CLA?

The Mercedes-Benz CLA has a roughly-$33,000 price tag, which is among the lowest in the class. But that's one of its few perks. The rear seat is tiny even for a luxury small car, and the interior quality isn’t as nice as you might expect. Conversely, the A-Class offers lots of second-row room and a premium cabin. The CLA still employs Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, which gets mixed reviews for ease of use. Meanwhile, the A-Class debuts an entirely new and easier-to-use infotainment and technology setup. Both of these Benzes have peppy turbocharged engines, and the CLA is available in a raucous AMG performance model. Whether you prioritize performance, interior quality, passenger space, or modern technology, the A-Class is a better bet than the underwhelming CLA in most cases.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz A-Class or Audi A3?

The Audi A3 has one of the lowest base prices in the class, but it doesn’t skimp on amenities. Standard features include full leather upholstery, heated seats, and a panoramic sunroof. Both the A3 and the A-Class have high-quality cabins that feature user-friendly technology. The A-Class has a roomier back seat than the A3, but the Audi has a larger trunk. The A3 also gets the edge in overall performance with dynamic and balanced handling. You can choose from two turbocharged engines with either 186 or 220 horsepower, or go full bore with the performance S3 or RS 3 models. Unless performance or price are your top priorities, the A-Class is a better choice.

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A-Class Interior

How Many People Does the A-Class Seat?

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan seats five people. Up front, the well-bolstered bucket seats are supple enough to keep you comfortable for a full day of driving. A relatively spacious second row helps distinguish the A-Class from the Mercedes CLA. With the exception of the very tall, most adults should find plenty of headroom. Legroom is likewise very good. 

A-Class and Car Seats

The A-Class has two complete sets of second-row LATCH car-seat connections. The lower anchors are set in plastic cutouts at the base of the seatback, so it should be easier to locate and use them than having to reach down into the seat cushion.

A-Class Interior Quality

Premium materials abound in the A-Class. Nearly all surfaces are soft to the touch, and the few plastic appointments are mostly out of sight in locations like the underside of the steering column. The cabin showcases a sleek and modern design, punctuated by a dual-screen setup that serves as both the instrument cluster and infotainment display. The retro turbine-style air vents add to the car’s stylish atmosphere.

A-Class Cargo Space

The 2019 A-Class has 8.6-cubic-foot trunk, which is very small for the class. However, the trunk opening is large and wide. Opt for the available hands-free access and you can pop open the lid simply by swinging your foot under the bumper.

A-Class Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

This all-new model introduces a brand-new infotainment interface that should make its way into other models. Dubbed the Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX for short, this platform allows you to use voice commands in a conversational way to find directions to restaurants, adjust the temperature in the car, or adjust audio settings.

The system also features the first touch screen found in a Mercedes. Additionally, there is a physical touch pad on the center console. The touch screen responds quickly to your inputs and features high-resolution, modern graphics. The standard setup has two 7-inch screens housed next to each other. The left display serves as the gauge cluster and instrument panel. Smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also standard. If you want to up the futuristic feel, you can an upgrade to a system that replaces the small displays with brilliant 10.25-inch screens.

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A-Class Performance

A-Class Engine: Small, but Mighty

The 2019 Mercedes A-Class sedan comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 188 horsepower. That figure makes it the weakest engine in Mercedes' lineup on paper, but in practice, it's a lot more impressive with its strong and steady power delivery. The standard seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission snaps off shifts at the right times, but there are also paddle shifters if you’d rather shift on your own.  

A-Class Gas Mileage: High Marks

The base Mercedes-Benz A-Class gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive lowers the highway estimate to 34 mpg. Those are great figures for a small luxury sedan.

A-Class Ride and Handling: Sharp Steering, Confident Handling

Adding to the fun is the A-Class' ability to tackle corners and twisty roads with finesse. Its handling is confident and responsive, and the well-weighted steering provides good feedback from the road. In addition to the standard suspension setup, you can opt for a lowered AMG configuration or an adaptive suspension.

The A-Class comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is optional. Some initial reviews of these two variants noted that AWD versions had a harsher ride quality due to poor suspension damping. The regular version does a better job of soaking up most bumps and imperfections in the road.

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A-Class Reliability

Is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class doesn't have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Warranty

Mercedes covers the A-Class with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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A-Class Safety

A-Class Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2019 Mercedes A-Class.

A-Class Safety Features

The A-Class comes standard with several active safety features that can help mitigate or prevent crashes, including forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

The A-Class can also be outfitted with many of the semi-autonomous technologies found in other models throughout the Mercedes lineup. Enhanced adaptive cruise control uses route-based guidance to adjust your speed through turns or make other necessary adjustments.

Lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring are available. There’s also an optional feature that detects steering input and driver awareness that can bring the car to a complete halt if the driver is unresponsive. Mercedes Pre-Safe PLUS senses if you might be on the receiving end of a rear-end impact and applies the brakes to keep your car from being pushed forward further.

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Which Mercedes-Benz A-Class Model Is Right for Me?

The new Mercedes A-Class is available in two models: the front-wheel-drive A220 and the all-wheel-drive A220 4Matic. Both feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The A220 starts at $32,500, and the A220 4Matic retails for $34,500.

So far, Mercedes has provided few specifications about the list of standard and optional features, or any available packages. All A-Class models come standard with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic roof, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. The standard MBUX infotainment system features two 7-inch screens, five USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

An upgraded infotainment setup replaces the 7-inch screens with two 10.25-inch screens, and you can opt for features like wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Proximity keyless entry, remote start, and 64-color interior ambient lighting are also optional. You can add other active safety technologies via the Parking Assistance package – featuring a surround-view parking camera and automatic parking assist – or the Driver Assistance package, which adds blind spot monitoring and emergency stop assist.

Leather upholstery is available, as are heated and ventilated front seats. The AMG line adds unique wheels, exterior styling, and a lowered suspension.

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The Final Call

The brand-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has solid driving dynamics, engaging engine power, and a high-end interior. New technology and an inviting back seat only increase the A-Class' appeal as a daily driver. Just make sure you’re OK with its small trunk.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "At its core the A-class is a good driving, right-size sports sedan with some promising technology, a car that offers more than just an inexpensive entry to the brand." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class … rises to the top of entry-level luxury sedans. It unseats our previous favorite, the Audi A3, and handily defeats the BMW 2 Series. We're confident that there's not much room for any car in this segment to improve upon the A-Class. So if you're in the market, do not miss this new front-runner when it hits dealer showrooms in early 2019." -- Edmunds
  • "With its affordable starting price and aspirational badge, the A-Class will probably sell well. But this time around, buyers will actually be getting a car that's worth the money and lives up to the Mercedes brand promise." -- Motor Trend
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