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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class finishes near the top third of our luxury small car rankings. It features elegant cabin materials, a strong and efficient turbocharged engine, and agile handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Responsive handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • High-end interior
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Small trunk

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
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Safety:
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Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 A-Class is a good used luxury small car. Inside, it has a comfortable and spacious cabin and a user-friendly infotainment system. It’s also a good value, with below-average prices for the class. On the performance front, the A-Class delivers peppy acceleration and well-weighted steering. However, this Benz could use some additional cargo room, and its ride is stiff in 4Matic all-wheel-drive models.

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We’ve analyzed 8 Mercedes-Benz A-Class reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Does the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Cost to Own?

We currently do not have projections for the 2019 A-Class’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance.

2018 vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class: What's the Difference?

The A-Class was an all-new model for the 2019 model year, so there are no prior models to choose from.

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How Reliable Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Recalls

There have been 4 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Recall Date: 07/16/2020
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 A220 vehicles. The air conditioning condensation drain hose may not be installed properly. This may allow water to enter the driver and passenger foot wells and the center tunnel area, potentially damaging certain electrical components.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 3615
  • Consequence: Water entering electrical components, can result in malfunctions of the supplemental restraint system (SRS), failure to start, activation of the limp-home mode while driving, and an impairment of other features, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the air conditioning drain hose installation, correcting it if necessary, free of charge. The recall began August 31, 2020. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2020070013.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2020070013
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V416000
BACK OVER PREVENTION: SENSING SYSTEM: CAMERA Recall Date: 01/27/2020
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 A220 and A220 4MATIC vehicles. In certain operating conditions, the rearview camera software may cause a delay in displaying the rearview camera image. As such, these vehicles fail to comply to Federal Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 22
  • Consequence: A delayed rearview camera display can reduce the driver's view of what is behind the car, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the rearview camera software, free of charge. The recall began April 8, 2020. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2020030018.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2020030018
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V046000
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:DRIVER SIDE:INFLATOR MODULE Recall Date: 09/26/2019
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019-2020 A 220 and A 220 4MATIC, 2020 CLA 250, CLA 250 4 MATIC, GLC 300 Coupe 4MATIC, GLC 300 and GLC 300 4MATIC vehicles. The driver's side front airbag modules may not have been properly bolted down.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 2222
  • Consequence: In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's front airbag, the airbag may not deploy properly, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the driver airbag module and replace it, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began October 29, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2019100001.
  • Dates of Manufacture: SEP 13, 2018 to SEP 23, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2019100001
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V685000
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES Recall Date: 04/17/2019
  • Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2019 A220 and A220 4MATIC vehicles. Due to improper welding, the pedal plate may bend, impairing the operation of the brake pedal.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1051
  • Consequence: Impaired operation of the brake pedal may increase the risk of crash.
  • Remedy: MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the welding of the brake pedal, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began May 31, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2019050002.
  • Dates of Manufacture: NOV 05, 2018 to FEB 26, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 2019050002
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V314000

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Which Used Mercedes-Benz A-Class Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class comes in two trims: the A 220 and A 220 4Matic. The only difference between them is the drivetrain. The A 220 comes with front-wheel drive, while the A 220 4Matic trim features all-wheel drive. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission are standard with each.

Both models also come standard with an MBUX infotainment system that includes two 7-inch screens, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and five USB-C ports. Additional standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Some models may also feature genuine leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, multicontour front seats, a heated steering wheel, and an upgraded infotainment system with two 10.25-inch screens, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and 64-color interior ambient lighting. Other available features include a surround-view parking camera system, automatic parking assist, blind spot monitoring, emergency stop assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, Mercedes Pre-Safe Plus, and Mercedes Pre-Safe Sound. The available AMG package includes unique wheels and exterior styling, as well as a lowered suspension.

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What Does Mercedes-Benz's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mercedes-Benz offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. This warranty can be renewed for a fee. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll receive the one-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 165-point inspection.

If you’re unsatisfied with your CPO vehicle, Mercedes’ Exchange Privilege program allows you to exchange it for another CPO vehicle of equal or lesser value within seven days or 500 miles. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz’s CPO program is about average. It’s better than BMW’s but not as robust as Jaguar’s or Lexus’, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the A-Class?

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

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Automatic parking assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Emergency stop assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Mercedes Pre-Safe Plus (applies the brakes, tightens the seat belts, and closes the windows when it detects an impending collision)
  • Mercedes Pre-Safe Sound (releases an in-cabin noise to protect your hearing from the sound of a collision)

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class or 2019 Audi A3?

The 2019 Audi A3 has a lower average starting price than the A-Class, though it provides just as many standard features, including leather upholstery and heated front seats. Like the A-Class, the A3 also features an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, there are significant differences between these two luxury small cars. The Audi has a larger trunk than the Mercedes, an even more engaging ride, and a potent range of engines. The A-Class, on the other hand, boasts a roomier back row and nicer cabin materials. Choose the one that matches your preferences.

Which Is Better: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class or 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA?

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA doesn’t fare as well as its corporate sibling. The CLA’s COMAND infotainment system isn’t as user friendly as the A-Class’ MBUX system. In addition, the A-Class features a classier interior and more passenger room in the second row. The CLA does have an available AMG model with a stronger engine, but the A-Class’ base engine should be sufficient for most shoppers. When it comes down to it, the A-Class is the more well-rounded choice.

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2019 A-Class Performance

How Does the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Drive?

The A-Class is a fairly sporty vehicle with agile handling, well-weighted steering, and a composed ride. Its turbocharged engine offers plenty of power for this small sedan. However, models with the AMG package feature a stiffer suspension system that improves handling but creates a harsher ride.

  • Base engine: 188-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive 2019 A-Class delivers 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models lose 1 mpg on the highway.

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2019 A-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 A-Class Seat?

The 2019 A-Class seats up to five people. It features supple seats with adult-friendly legroom in both rows, but taller folks may wish for additional headroom in the back row.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Multicontour front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

The 2019 A-Class has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Features

The MBUX infotainment system has intuitive controls and features two 7-inch screens: one a digital display and the other a touch screen. Both screens have sharp graphics, and the touch controls respond quickly to user inputs. Also standard is a smartphonelike touchpad controller that allows you to swipe and zoom with your fingertips. Saying, “Hey, Mercedes,” allows you to operate cabin features through voice recognition.

  • Standard infotainment features: two 7-inch screens, a touchpad, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, and five USB-C ports
  • Available infotainment features: two 10.25-inch screens, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and navigation
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic roof
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry, remote start, and 64-color interior ambient lighting

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Cargo Space

There’s 8.6 cubic feet of trunk space in this Mercedes. That's not much for a luxury small car, though the trunk does have a wide opening. An available hands-free trunk allows you to open the trunk by waving your foot under the bumper.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Length and Weight
  • Length: about 14 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,285 to 3,417 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Built?

Mercedes-Benz built the 2019 A-Class in Germany.

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