2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Overview

Last year, Mercedes-Benz introduced the A-Class sedan as its new entry-level model. This year, the A-Class gets a new performance version. The A-Class competes with other premium small sedans like the Acura ILX and Audi A3. Within its modern, tidy shape, it offers room for up to 5 passengers and 8.6 cubic feet of trunk space.

The A 220 carries over from last year. It employs a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine good for 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, which pairs with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). By default, the A 220 is front-wheel drive (FWD), but all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. It reaches 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. As of this writing, fuel-economy numbers aren't available.

The base A-Class includes 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, LED taillights, a 7-inch LCD instrument cluster, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, power-adjustable front seats with memory, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless start, and leatherette upholstery. Optional features include ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, keyless entry, larger wheels, 10.25-inch displays, navigation with augmented reality, and satellite radio.

For 2020, a new AMG A 35 version is available. Exterior styling changes over the A 220 are subtle, including resculpted bumpers, a lowered stance, special wheels, and a quad-tip exhaust. Inside, you’re treated to sport-optimized front seats, red stitching, and a performance steering wheel. But it’s the powertrain that’s the big news: It consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and a performance-tuned 7-speed DCT. You can also tack on an AMG Aerodynamics Package, which significantly improves high-speed handling. All in, the AMG A 35 blazes to 60 mph in an estimated 4.6 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz put an impressive amount of safety equipment into the A-Class, but most of it is optional. Standard features include a reversing camera, rear brake assist, and a driver-alertness monitor. Extra-cost features include blind-spot monitoring, traffic-sign recognition, a parking assistant, a 360-degree camera, evasive-steering assist, lane-keeping assistance, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Neither the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has evaluated the A-Class as of this writing.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is an entry-level premium car with handsome styling, plenty of technology, and genuine performance credibility.

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