Mercedes-Benz A-Class Overview

July 8th, 2019 by


The A-class sedan may be the smallest Mercedes-Benz sold in the United States, but it boasts high-tech features and a roomy cabin—more interior passenger space, in fact, than the longer Mercedes-Benz CLA. The A-class also has subtle exterior styling that nicely incorporates Mercedes-Benz’s new front-end design and focuses on aerodynamic efficiency.

Engine, Ride, and Handling

Every A-class has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. It hitches solely to a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. With a responsive gas pedal the transmission operates without issue. Paired with all-wheel drive, it goes from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Despite having large 19-inch wheels, the A-class still delivered a comfortable and controlled ride. Its steering feel was balanced, and the responses were accurate.

Interior and Technology

Inside, the A-class raises the bar compared with many entry-luxury compact competitors. Its digital dashboard can be blocked by the steering wheel in certain situations, but it counters with dazzling graphics and a sophisticated appearance. There is an abundance of hard plastics and glossy-black trim, but the straightforward controls and dynamic ambient interior lighting steal the show. Its infotainment system—called MBUX—features advanced voice-recognition software as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The A-class offers an extensive suite of standard and optional driver-assistance technology, which includes adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and more.