2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Performance


MSRP
$32,800
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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.6

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class delivers well-rounded performance. It offers a peppy powertrain, great fuel economy, and poised handling.

  • "The A-Class also drives like a proper Mercedes. The ride quality is comfortable and composed, and the engine is refined. The standard A 220 is respectably quick, and there's a new, performance-focused AMG A 35 that turns up the performance dial even further." -- Edmunds
  • From behind the wheel, the A-class is agreeable, with our largest complaint being that you can’t really feel much of anything at all through the steering wheel. Handling is confident, and the performance tires provided plenty of grip, but the A-class doesn’t rip or snarl or demand to be driven harder, instead preferring to exude a chiller vibe." -- Autoweek (2019)
  • "While the A220 is more than capable of keeping up with fast-moving traffic, the chassis is talkative and lively enough (especially with its sport options)." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration is good from a stop and at higher speeds. A standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission delivers smooth and precise shifts.

The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 features an AMG-tuned 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

The 2020 A-Class A 220 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for a luxury small car.

  • We tested the A 220 and found it surprisingly entertaining to drive. It pulls away from stop signs smoothly and silently with almost no delay. It's not as quick as the Audi A3, but overall the Mercedes is punchy. … The dual-clutch transmission is one of the better examples but still exhibits clunky action in traffic." -- Edmunds
  • "The new 2.0-turbo engine is impressively smooth and linear in its response, eager to run to its 6,500-rpm redline and with full torque feeling like it arrives arrive low in the rev range. … The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is up to the task, with quick, smooth shifts whether in automatic mode or using the wheel-mounted paddle shifters." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
  • "On the road, it's immediately clear the powertrain is more refined than the CLA's. Mercedes still used a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but this unit's shifts are smooth, even in stop-and-go traffic. And although 188 hp isn't a lot these days, the 2.0-liter turbo-four has plenty of pep for everyday driving. The exhaust sounds better than expected, too." -- Motor Trend (2019)

Handling and Braking

The A-Class has composed handling around turns with well-controlled body motions. Braking power is strong, and the ride generally remains comfortable. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "The feel of the brake pedal is immediately intuitive. It's easy to stop smoothly and with confidence from any speed. We also like the A 220's handling. There's more than enough grip thanks to the optional summer tires, and the available all-wheel-drive system can also help get the power down quickly when exiting a turn. Overall composure is excellent." -- Edmunds
  • "We only had an opportunity to drive the all-wheel-drive model, but the A 220 impressed us with surprisingly sporty handling for a non-performance car. On winding back roads, the car had plenty of grip and a suspension that kept body roll well under control." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • "Despite the front-drive layout, the Mercedes A-Class has the type of road manners you expect from a European sport sedan. The independent suspension works well in both the front-drive and all-wheel-drive 4Matic, controlling body roll while still imparting an impressive ride despite the short wheelbase and compact dimensions. The steering is direct and linear with sufficient weighting on the thick rimmed wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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