Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz A 220

Pros: Good ride and handling balance; nicely finished cockpit; projected fuel economy

Cons: Tight rear seat; price quickly escalates with options

CG Says: The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class makes blind-spot alert standard and the MBUX Interior Assistant is now stand-alone option. Mercedes-Benz brought its A-Class compact sedan to American shores for 2019. The A-Class is the smallest and least expensive Mercedes sedan in the US; it joined the CLA-Class and C-Class to round out Mercedes-Benz’s compact-car roster. Both the A-Class and CLA-Class have standard front-wheel drive, but the CLA rides a slightly different platform and is 3.2 inches longer overall. The C-Class has standard rear-wheel drive and is 5.4 inches longer than the A-Class. The base A 220 model comes in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive form, powered by a 188-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The high-performance AMG A 35 model has a 302-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and standard all-wheel drive. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian/cyclist detection, blind-spot alert, drowsy driver alert system, and Crosswind Assist (a vehicle-stabilization feature that works in gusty conditions). Available features include park assist, lane-keep assist, evasive steering assist, lane-change assist, and keyless access and starting. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is an impressive entry into the premium compact car segment. It offers decent interior room for its size, a host of high-tech available features, and nicely balanced road manners. As the entry-level “gateway” to Mercedes-Benz ownership, it improves on the CLA-Class in most every way.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices A 220: $34,700
AWD A 220 4MATIC: $36,700
AWD AMG A 35: $46,900

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (A 220)
Horsepower
188
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34-36

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (A 35)
Horsepower
302
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
22
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Mercedes-Benz AMG A 35
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG A 35
Road Tests and Additional Info
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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