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2019 Mercedes-Benz A 220 Drivers’ Notes Review

On Monday, December 31st, 2018

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the German brand’s new entry-level model in the United States, slotting under the current CLA-Class (a car that’s set to be replaced sometime next year).

2019 Mercedes-Benz A 220

In other markets, the Mercedes A-Class comes in different flavors (including a sleek hatchback), but for now, we’re only getting the A 220 sedan. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four cranking out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: This A-Class tester has a lot, if not all, of the boxes ticked, so we can assume it’s quite expensive even if pricing is still TBA. That said, I could do without half of the items on the Monroney — AMG Line package ($2,600), 19-inch black wheels ($500), Burmeister sound system ($850), exterior lighting upgrades ($900), garage door opener ($280), the special leather ($1,450) and aluminum trim ($150) — and this compact sedan would still feel like a proper, premium Mercedes. I would absolutely keep the 64-color ambient lighting ($310), though, because that completely bathes the interior with ambiance, an effective trick to make it feel special and expensive.

I’d probably also keep the Premium Package ($2,100) to get the bigger digital displays that provide a lot of useful information in a clear and user-friendly manner. That technology definitely adds to the premium feel, adding what I would argue is more than its price tag worth of perceived quality.

I’d also definitely keep the Driver Assistance Package ($2,250). This is something Mercedes-Benz does better than most of the competition. Distronic is a confidence-inspiring application of adaptive cruise control, paired with a steering assist function that actually works. I didn’t even realize that this would help you change lanes on the highway, even after using it. With my hands on the wheel, it felt as natural as myself easing it from one lane to the next.

Anyway, this car is a joy to drive. It has a butter-smooth ride, and a comfy, tech-rich interior. I love 2.0-liter turbo motors, and this one is no exception. The car has plenty of oomph, but I managed decent fuel economy in the high 20s despite heavy-footing a bit. The drive modes are useful, really changing the behavior of the throttle, transmission and steering to suit the situation. I especially appreciated how aggressively economical the Eco mode was, shifting early and keeping revs low, but still springing to life when called upon from the right foot.

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