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2019 Mercedes A-Class: Sleek Mobile Device

By Arv Voss, June 1st, 2019

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC sedan in AMG trim replaces the entry-level CLA -- formerly the starting point for those aspiring to join the Mercedes clan. The A-Class serves up considerably more than the average entry-level luxury vehicle.

-- OVERVIEW

The new A220 4MATIC sedan is definitely worthy of sporting the iconic three-pointed star emblem. It would not even be out of context to place it in the realm of ranking the A220 sedan as a "Baby S-Class" in terms of its technological content. It is truly and surprisingly a most proper Mercedes.

My test A220 came with 4MATIC, an exterior finished in Mountain Grey metallic and the interior done on Black and Red leather with brushed aluminum accents. The base sticker read $34,500, with the as tested price totaling $50,485.

-- AGGRESSIVE STYLING

Essentially, it is a sleek and sporty mobile device, especially with the $2,600 AMG Line package, which adds unique bodywork, a lowered suspension, a chrome-finish diamond-block grille, and perforated front brake discs. Toss in the 19-inch AMG black 14-spoke 19-inch wheels for another $500 and the aggressive persona is completed, giving this A-Class a younger image and closing the gap between a C-Class (more, particularly the CLA), in a more desirable form.

Despite its reduction in length, the four-door, five-passenger sedan's headroom and legroom are substantially better in both rows and the rear seat becomes not only usable but genuinely comfortable for two adults.

-- SINGULAR POWERTRAIN

The new A220 comes with one powertrain -- a 2.0-liter, 16-valve turbocharged four-cylinder engine with Gasoline Direct Injection that churns out 188 horsepower in a range from 5,500-6,100 rpm, along with 221 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,600 to 4,000 rpm. Motive force is geared to either the rear wheels or optionally to Mercedes' 4MATIC, all-wheel drive system via a 7G DCT seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode and paddle shifters.

-- COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Convenience features and comfort through advanced state-of-the-art technology are where the new A220 shine. The A-Class cabin is one of the most pleasant places to spend your time offered in a recent production vehicle. The design of the dashboard and the large greenhouse provide an airier feeling. Switchgear would feel right at home in a more upscale Benz, with standard dual displays positioned atop the center console -- twin 7-inch screens -- one for the driver's instrumentation and one for the infotainment and climate control, with twin 10.25-inch upgrades provided as part of a $2,100 Premium Package. A 64-color ambient lighting system is available adding a nice warm, inviting touch.

The A-Class is the first to bring Mercedes' new MBUX infotainment system to market, with the biggest change being the "Hey Mercedes" smart assistant a sort of an automotive Alexa. Navigation instructions may be accessed in several ways, and like Alexa, one can ask general knowledge questions. "Hey Mercedes" ties into the car's cabin temperatures and other systems as well.

A screen accessible Multimode selector provides a choice of four modes: Individual for manual shifting; Sport; Comfort; and Eco - the latter three alter throttle response, shift points and steering effort.

-- PERFORMANCE

The driving experience delivered by the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC AMG equipped sedan is far greater than one would expect from any entry-level vehicle from any manufacturer.

Turbo lag is virtually non-existent, with outstanding throttle response and the DCT transmission moves up and down through the gears smoothly in both auto and manual modes.

The ride quality is smooth and compliant, yet exhibits superb on road stability, and the steering provides a spot on feel with instant responsiveness.

Seats are both supportive and comfortable in this exceedingly attractive sedan.

-- OUR CONCLUSION

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 4MATIC AMG equipped sedan is likely the best entry-level luxury sport vehicle available in its class. With its elitist good looks and good driving feel, it's definitely a winner.

Specifications

Base price $34,500 (as tested: $50,485)
Curb weight 3,395 lbs.
Displacement 2.0-liter
Engine type 16-valve turbo 4-cylinder w/DI
Epa mileage rating 13 mpg city, 17 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 13.5 gal.
Horsepower (net) 188 at 5500 rpm
Overall length 179.1 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 221 at 1600-4000 rpm
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Vehicle type 5-passenger AWD compact sedan
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