2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class boasts peppy acceleration, an impressive cabin, and futuristic technology, but it also has a small trunk and mediocre back-seat accommodations. The A-Class does not have an overall score or ranking because it has not been fully crash tested.

 

Pros & Cons

  • Low price for class
  • Balanced, comfortable ride
  • Peppy acceleration
  • Upscale interior
  • Tiny trunk

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is unranked in Luxury Small Cars due to missing safety data. Currently, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 10 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.3
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury small cars.
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Reliability:
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Is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class a Good Car?

Yes, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a good luxury small car. In only its second year of production, this Mercedes is packed with the latest tech offerings, including an optional setup of two brilliant 10-inch screens. Its cabin is full of the luxury you'd expect from the brand, but the trunk is tiny, and rear-seat space is nothing to write home about.

Its standard engine has unimpressive horsepower on paper, but the A-Class is energetic and returns good fuel economy. A high-performance AMG version joins the lineup this year, boosting this little sedan's overall fun factor.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

You should buy the A-Class if you're looking for a good car at a reasonable price. This is Mercedes' least-expensive vehicle, and it comes loaded with a decent amount of safety and infotainment technology. A number of packages and individual options let you customize the car to fit the wants of your budget.

The A-Class is a better offering than the Mercedes CLA, which was previously the brand's entry-level small car. You might also consider the Audi A3, which has a low starting price for the class.

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

The main reason to buy a new 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is if you want the all-new high-performance Mercedes-AMG A 35. This model boosts the base sedan's 188 horsepower engine with an AMG-tuned 302-horsepower variant. It also includes a sport suspension, upgraded drive modes, and unique AMG styling. Aside from adding this trim to the lineup, Mercedes made no major changes to the A-Class sedan for 2020.

If you prefer something a little more demure, consider shopping for a 2019 A-Class, which was an all-new car. It’s nearly identical to the 2020 base model and likely less expensive.

Be sure to read our 2019 A-Class review to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used and certified pre-owned cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 9 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed nine Mercedes-Benz A-Class reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 A-Class is the right new car for you.

This 2020 A-Class review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

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

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class starts at $32,800, making it one of the least-expensive vehicles in the luxury small car class. The all-wheel-drive A 220 4Matic has a starting MSRP of $34,800.

At the time of writing, Mercedes has not announced pricing for the all-new AMG A 35 performance sedan.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. You can also find excellent incentives from the automaker on our Mercedes-Benz deals page.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Versus the Competition

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

Mercedes has fully redesigned the CLA for 2020, and it will likely be pretty similar to the A-Class overall. We don't have enough information for a full review yet, but in the meantime, check out our feature, Redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA: All You Need to Know. The redesigned CLA features a 221-horsepower base engine, which is more potent than the 188-horsepower mill in the base A-Class.

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

Like the A-Class, the Audi A3 has one of the lowest prices in the luxury small car class. If you're a budget-minded shopper, both of these cars are decent choices. These German rivals both have pleasing interiors, but you'll probably find the A-Class to be a little nicer. The A3 has several more cubic feet of trunk space than the A-Class and marginally better fuel economy.

Mercedes' new infotainment system in the A-Class is more high-tech than the A3's offering, but both interfaces are easy to use. Both cars blend athletic handling with a comfortable ride quality, but the A3 does it a little better than the A-Class does. Also, you can get this Audi in a raucous RS 3 version that boasts almost 400 horsepower.

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A-Class Interior

How Many People Does the A-Class Seat?

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan has five seats. Well-bolstered front seats keep you comfortable on long trips and when cornering with enthusiasm. The cabin feels airy, but taller drivers might feel a little short on headroom.

Rear-seat space is just OK for a four-door luxury small car. This isn't the most spacious second row in the class, but average-sized adults should have enough room to get comfortable.

A-Class and Child Car Seats

The A-Class has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The anchors are easy to find, because they sit behind plastic flaps instead of down in the seat cushion. However, it takes some effort to force the hooks of the car-seat strap into the recesses.

A-Class Interior Quality

Though the A-Class is Mercedes' least-expensive vehicle, it lives up to the brand's standards of interior luxury and swanky materials. Most surfaces are soft to the touch. Standard aluminum trim accents and optional red wood grain impart an upscale atmosphere.

A-Class Cargo Space

With just 8.6 cubic feet of space, the A-Class has one of the smallest trunks in the luxury small car class. It's still big enough to hold a few suitcases, and the trunk opening is wide.

You can opt for hands-free trunk access, which lets you pop the lid simply by waving your foot under the rear bumper when the proximity key is on your person.

A-Class Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2020 A-Class features the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, which is slowly permeating all vehicles in the brand's lineup. This setup creates a virtual dashboard, with housing that spans from behind the steering wheel to atop the center stack.

In standard form, a 7-inch digital display serves as the instrument cluster, and a 7-inch touch screen is your infotainment hub. You can also upgrade each screen to 10.25-inch units, which results in a near totally conjoined digital display.

The MBUX system is easy enough to master, and the controls are pretty straightforward. A touchpad on the center console gives you another way to input your commands instead of on the touch screen. Upgrading to a voice-controlled personal assistant feature lets you say "Hey, Mercedes" to find restaurant recommendations, adjust the climate, or switch between media.

When equipped with optional navigation, the system can use augmented reality to help you find your destination. A front-view camera projects the road ahead onto the infotainment screen, and street names and turn directions are then superimposed on that image.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, and there are five USB ports. However, these are all of the latest USB-C variety, so you may need an adapter to connect your smartphone to the car. This Mercedes doesn’t offer wireless connections for smartphone integration like some vehicles from BMW and Porsche do.

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A-Class Performance

A-Class Engine: Two Solid Choices

The base 2020 A 220 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 188 horsepower and 221-pound feet of torque. The A-Class is one of just a handful of luxury small cars that have engines with less than 200 horsepower, but it’s fairly formidable when put to the test. This small Benz scoots off the line with enthusiasm, and power delivery is smooth and steady as you continue to accelerate.

A dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission pairs nicely with the engine, providing smooth shifts. A few critics disagreed about how it switches between gears in stop-and-go traffic, but that isn't a huge concern.

New for 2020 is a performance-oriented AMG A 35 model, with an AMG-tuned version of the base engine rated at 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This model comes with an AMG-enhanced transmission as well.

A-Class Gas Mileage: Impressive for the Class

The 2020 A-Class returns great fuel economy for a luxury small car. The front-wheel-drive A 220 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. With optional all-wheel drive, the car loses 1 mpg on the highway.

At the time of writing, neither Mercedes nor the EPA has provided fuel economy estimates for the new AMG A 35.

A-Class Ride and Handling: A-OK

The small A-Class feels light and agile from behind the wheel, with precise steering and good composure. Test drivers in particular note the all-wheel-drive model’s excellent road grip. Ride quality is smooth.

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A-Class Reliability

Is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Reliable?

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Warranty

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

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

The cost of insuring a Mercedes-Benz A-Class will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

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 Mercedes-Benz A-Class since its introduction. This lack of comprehensive safety data prevents us from giving the 2020 A-Class an overall score or rating.

A-Class Safety Features

All 2020 A-Class models come with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Most optional driver assistance features come in one package, and it includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. When you turn on this feature, you can also employ active steering assist to keep the car centered around turns. Evasive steering assist aids in stabilizing the car in the event of a sharp turn made to avoid an obstacle ahead of you. When approaching an intersection, front cross traffic emergency braking stops the car if another vehicle or pedestrian approaches from the side. You can use automatic lane change assist to change lanes automatically simply by engaging a turn signal.

This package also includes speed limit recognition, which automatically adjusts your speed under cruise control, and directions programmed into navigation can lower your speed to account for curves or traffic circles.

Mercedes Pre-Safe Plus detects an impending collision from behind by tightening seat belts, closing the windows, and applying your brakes to mitigate further crashes ahead. Lastly, Pre-Safe Sound emits an in-cabin noise to counteract the sound from an impending collision or loud noise that the car has detected. This can lessen the risk of hearing damage.

Other options include blind spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera system, automatic parking assist, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, and a head-up display.

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A-Class Dimensions and Weight

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is about 15 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,285 to 3,417 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz builds the 2020 A-Class in Germany.

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

Mercedes-Benz offers the 2020 A-Class in two main trims: A 220 and the new performance-oriented AMG A 35. Each has a distinct powertrain, and the AMG model also comes with performance upgrades.

Standard and optional features are mostly the same in all models, but there are some available amenities you may want to set aside extra funds for. Plan on adding the Driver Assistance package to get a long list of active safety features, and spring for the Premium package to upgrade the standard dual 7-inch infotainment screens to a pair of 10.25-inch displays.

Mercedes-Benz A 220

The Mercedes-Benz A 220 starts at $32,800. It comes with a 188-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive.

Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic roof, LED headlights and taillights, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and heated outside mirrors.

The standard 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice recognition, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and five USB ports. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The Premium package ($1,650) includes blind spot monitoring, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and touch screen, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-folding and auto-dimming outside mirrors, proximity keyless entry, and a hands-free trunk. The Multimedia package ($1,150) adds navigation and traffic sign recognition.

The Driver Assistance package ($2,250) comes with adaptive cruise control, lane centering, evasive steering assist, front cross traffic emergency braking, speed limit recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic lane change assist, navigation-based speed limiting, Mercedes Pre Safe Plus, and Mercedes Pre Safe Sound.

The Parking Assistance package ($1,090) adds a surround-view parking camera system and automatic parking assist. The Exterior Lighting package includes adaptive headlights and automatic high-beam headlights.

The AMG Line ($2,600) comes with upgraded exterior styling, a lowered suspension, variable-ratio steering, unique wheels, and a sport steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters.

Other individual options include genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, multicontour front seats, a heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, a head-up display, satellite radio, wireless device charging, a 12-speaker Burmester surround-sound stereo, a universal garage door opener, and an adjustable suspension.

Mercedes-Benz A 220 4Matic

The A220 4Matic is the all-wheel-drive version of the car, and it sports a starting price of $34,800. It offers the same standard and optional features as the base model.

Mercedes-AMG A 35

The all-new Mercedes-AMG A 35 features a 302-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an AMG seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and performance all-wheel drive. Additional standard amenities compared to the base model include an AMG sport suspension, an upgraded drive select mode, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with unique settings, a 10.25-inch touch screen, a sport steering wheel, and launch control.

Optional features stay the same. The AMG A-Class is also available with a couple of body and exterior upgrade packages, and you can equip this performance-oriented model with a performance steering wheel, an AMG adjustable suspension, and performance data recording.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mercedes-Benz deals page.

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The Final Call

In its second year of production, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class continues to be an intriguing choice in the competitive luxury small car class. It delivers on most fronts: Acceleration is satisfying, handling is good, the cabin is nice, and there's a lengthy list of features. The trunk is small for the segment, but with a low base price for a luxury vehicle, the A-Class warrants consideration.

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

  • "The A-Class excels at offering the modern Mercedes-Benz experience in simply a smaller package. It's loaded with tech, features and luxury. It's also enjoyable to drive and looks suitably upscale. Mercedes has raised the bar for the entry-level luxury sedan class." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

 

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