Pros: Good ride and handling balance; nicely finished cockpit; projected fuel economy
Cons: Tight rear seat; prices quickly escalate with options
CG Says: The 2022 Mercedes-Benz A-Class drops its performance AMG A 35 model and satellite radio is now part of the Premium Package. 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 A-Class 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.
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 2022 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.
|Class||Premium Compact Car|
|Body Style(s)||4-door sedan|
|Drive Wheels||front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive|
|Nation of Manufacture||Germany|
|Base Prices||A 220: $35,000
AWD A 220 4MATIC: $37,000
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
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