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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Cars.com

Competes with: BMW 2 Series, Audi A3

Looks like: The current CLA-Class vehicle with a chunkier stance, especially from the rear, and the BMW 2 Series from the side (Shhh! Don’t tell Mercedes-Benz, but that’s meant as a compliment.)

Drivetrain: A 188-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 221 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive available

Hits dealerships: Late 2018

For would-be Mercedes-Benz buyers who want that three-pointed star emblem on their grille but not the monthly car payment on their mind, take heart: The A-Class entry-level luxury sedan is officially on its way. Mercedes has just released a full rundown of the all-new-for-the-U.S. model following more than a year’s worth of teases that started with the Concept A sedan shown in Shanghai in 2017. Then came the (not U.S.-bound) hatchback version of the A-Class in Geneva, and finally the sedan version in Beijing earlier this year.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Unveils U.S.-Bound A-Class Sedan at Beijing Auto Show

Get 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 DetailsFind a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Near You

The A-Class will slot below Mercedes’ previous U.S. entry model, the CLA-Class. We’ll be getting up close and personal with it very soon, so check back with us for our first impressions.

Exterior

From a visual standpoint, the aerodynamically adroit Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a more pronounced and sportier exterior desig...

Competes with: BMW 2 Series, Audi A3

Looks like: The current CLA-Class vehicle with a chunkier stance, especially from the rear, and the BMW 2 Series from the side (Shhh! Don’t tell Mercedes-Benz, but that’s meant as a compliment.)

Drivetrain: A 188-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 221 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive available

Hits dealerships: Late 2018

For would-be Mercedes-Benz buyers who want that three-pointed star emblem on their grille but not the monthly car payment on their mind, take heart: The A-Class entry-level luxury sedan is officially on its way. Mercedes has just released a full rundown of the all-new-for-the-U.S. model following more than a year’s worth of teases that started with the Concept A sedan shown in Shanghai in 2017. Then came the (not U.S.-bound) hatchback version of the A-Class in Geneva, and finally the sedan version in Beijing earlier this year.

Related: Mercedes-Benz Unveils U.S.-Bound A-Class Sedan at Beijing Auto Show

Get 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 DetailsFind a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Near You

The A-Class will slot below Mercedes’ previous U.S. entry model, the CLA-Class. We’ll be getting up close and personal with it very soon, so check back with us for our first impressions.

Exterior

From a visual standpoint, the aerodynamically adroit Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a more pronounced and sportier exterior design, at least compared to its CLA-Class sibling. The front headlights are narrower and angled slightly downward to the wide front grille, but the car’s best angles might be from the side and rear. The A-Class sedan rides on a wheelbase that’s roughly 1 inch longer than the current CLA, despite being approximately 3 inches shorter in overall length. This gives the A-Class sedan a more compact and solid stance, which also helps give the car a sportier look.

Mercedes says wheel sizes will range from 17 to 19 inches. Two sets of LED headlamps will also be available, including standard LED units with integrated LED daytime running lights, in addition to Mercedes’ optional LED Intelligent Light System, which the automaker calls “another example of the technology transfer from the luxury to the compact class.” The system enables “extremely quick, precise and electronically controlled” headlight adjustment to suit the current traffic situation and time of day.

Interior

The new A-Class vehicle packs a lot of change and technology into its cabin. At the heart of it all is the new Mercedes-Benz User Interface, or MBUX, which employs everything from a touchscreen and voice controls to 3-D graphics and car-to-car communication to deliver clear, crisp and real-time information to the driver.

Voice commands are prompted with a “Hey Mercedes” introduction and, according to Mercedes, a high standard of natural speech recognition. The infotainment system itself can be controlled using the central touchscreen, a touchpad on the center console or via controls mounted on the steering wheel.

Depending on the model and trim level, the screen for the infotainment system and driver’s gauges will consist of two flat panels (standard 7-inch displays or optional 10.25-inch units) that stretch across the top of the dashboard. This layout has been used on Mercedes’ higher-end offerings, but the technology and design is now making its way into the company’s entry-level sedan.

While tech is great to have on board, it remains to be seen whether the cabin is more accommodating to occupants in the front and rear. The rear seats in the CLA sedan are particularly cramped, so it will be interesting to see if Mercedes-Benz was able to carve out more cabin space in the smaller A-Class sedan. (A long-wheelbase model is offered in China, but it’s unlikely to be sold here.)

Design-wise, Mercedes says it took an “avant-garde” approach “to create a new feeling of spaciousness,” dispensing with the cowl above the cockpit and extending the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard from one front door to the other with no visual break; the widescreen display appears completely freestanding, and new air vents take on a turbine look. An ambient lighting system employs 64 colors, a purported fivefold increase compared to the previously available palette, organized into 10 themes “to create a lighting display with spectacular color changes,” Mercedes says.

Under the Hood

The powertrain consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 188 horsepower and 221 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; front- and all-wheel drive will be available. Mercedes puts the top speed as an electronically limited 130 mph and has yet to announce a zero-to-60 mph time. EPA-estimated fuel-economy figures also have yet to be reported.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is slightly down on power compared with the current CLA, which comes with a 208-hp, 2.0-liter engine and boasts fuel-economy figures of 24/37/29 mpg city/highway/combined for front-wheel-drive versions. While it has a 20-hp deficit, the new A-Class could post even more impressive mileage numbers than the already frugal CLA.

Expect more powerful, AMG-tuned engines to eventually find a home under the hood of the A-Class, too.

Safety

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class features adaptive cruise control with active distance control and route-based speed adaptation; lane-centering steering assist with active emergency stop assist and active lane change assist; forward collision avoidance with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection; active speed-limit assist, which corrects the car to posted limits; active blind spot warning, which intervenes if the driver attempts a lane change when an obstacle is detected; lane keep assist; and the Pre-Safe Plus system, which monitors impending rear collisions and applies the brakes to prevent subsequent collisions upon impact.

Expect dealer pricing to be announced closer to launch late this year.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.1
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Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(1.0)

Not worth the price

by Unhappy in Tucson from TUCSON on December 22, 2020

This is not the excellent quality of Mercedes Benz!! A lot of plastic and poor quality! It was not made in Germany!!! I owned several Mercedes Benz!! This is as good as any of my others!! Read full review

(5.0)

comfortable car

by Miranda Johns from Texas on November 6, 2020

Mercedes has always been praised for its fine ride quality, and it's fully equipped to deal with everyday life. I like this car. It uses less fuel. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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