The 2019 A-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s freshest bunched offering. Actuality are nine things to apperceive about it – seven you’ll adulation and two you’re abiding to hate.
As exceptional baby cars go, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is adorable and affordable. Too bad the previous-generation archetypal had poor autogenous quality, refinement, and backseat space. But alteration these wrongs is the aboriginal A-Class. At atomic for the time being, American motorists can acquirement an A220 with either front- or 4Matic all-wheel drive. The archetype activated actuality featured a advanced ambit of options including four-corner traction.
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Kicking things off, point No. 9 is pricing. The 2019 A-Class starts at $33,495 including $995 for delivery, a not-unreasonable sum. Go with all-wheel-drive and that abject amount swells by an added $2,000. Either way, you get German engineering and that acclaimed Mercedes-Benz adumbration that’s assertive to accomplish the new neighbors beyond your subdivision cul-de-sac seethe with jealousy, all for about as abundant banknote as a Toyota Avalon.
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For that abundant money, you’d apprehend this car to be able-bodied equipped, and it is. Right out of the box, you get two seven-inch screens on the dashboard. Support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, as are eight-way ability advanced seats, LED headlamps, push-button start, and added assurance accessories than there are words in the dictionary.
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Of course, the archetypal evaluated actuality is annihilation but access level. Stuffed with options like acrimonious and aerial advanced buckets, an arrangement of driver-assistance appearance and the AMG-Line package, it stickered for $51,935. Go accessible on the account if you appetite an affordable A-Class.
Point No. 7 is styling. The A220 is a beholder from aloof about every angle. Somewhat akin a miniaturized CLS, visually this car fits in accurately with the broader Mercedes-Benz lineup. That animated advanced end, abundantly styled flanks and active behind accomplish it decidedly blueblood for article beneath than a Nissan Sentra.
This Benz’s all-embracing breadth is a beard added than 179 inches (4,549 mm), commensurable to an Audi A3 or Acura ILX, admitting the A-Class’s wheelbase is best by several inches than the hub-to-hub spans of these rivals, clocking in at 107.4 inches (2,728 mm). Alone the continued advanced overhang and abbreviate dash-to-axle altitude accord abroad that it’s a front-drive-based car; the added accommodation are decidedly dramatic.
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Next up, the A220’s autogenous is accurately finished, with affluence of bond and bendable plastics. It’s a HUGE footfall up from the approachable CLA’s chintzy and awkward cabin. Alike the aback bench has abundant head- and legroom for six-footers to fit comfortably. Yes, some of the switches could feel nicer, and, no, you won’t adulation all the agleam plastic, but its berth is still able-bodied congenital and upscale.
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Point No. 5 is technology. The 2019 A220 offers S-Class-rivaling appearance in a bunched package, things like adaptive cruise ascendancy with council abetment AND the automaker’s new MBUX infotainment system, which is colorful, quick, customizable and best importantly, accessible to navigate.
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Our tester was adapted with a brace of 10.25-inch screens in lieu of the accepted seven-inchers. They’re arranged in the alternative Exceptional Package, which additionally includes things like an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and blind-spot monitoring. They’re a acceptable advancement over the abate displays.
One added actual air-conditioned affection is how you collaborate with all this tech. There are three altered means including a touchpad on the centermost console, touch-control buttons on the council caster spokes and alike a touchscreen, admitting that is a bit of a ability from the driver’s seat.
Actually, there’s a fourth way to dispense MBUX; you can additionally use your voice. Buried in the dashboard like some baptize capital beneath an circle is a agenda assistant, abundant like Apple’s Siri or Amazon Alexa. You arouse her by saying, “Hey, Mercedes!”
She (or it?) can advice you get directions, do bounded searches for things like adjacent restaurants and acquaint you the acclimate forecast, all after demography your easily off the caster or eyes off the road. This arrangement alike has a bit of snark. Aloof ask her about Audi…
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Point No. 3 is refinement. Despite its abate dimensions, the A-Class feels like a absolute Mercedes-Benz. It’s quiet inside, additional the ride is aesthetic and able-bodied isolated. Bumps are captivated and digested with aught harshness, aloof like in a able affluence vehicle.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automated is the alone manual accessible in this car. That sounds like a compound for juddering and clunkiness, but this gearbox accepted to be a apotheosis of clarification during testing, with none of the accepted bad behavior these things are belled for exhibiting.
But now for a brace things you apparently won’t like. Point two, the A-Class is alone offered as a auto in the U.S., however, Canadian drivers can acquirement a auto adaptation of the car. Basically, they get best and we get screwed.
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Yes, a aboriginal adaptation of the CLA “four-door coupe” is additionally in the works. It should go on auction in America afore the end of the year. It’s basically the aforementioned affair as the A-Class but with adherent styling. Beyond that, Mercedes will additionally action a attractive CLA Shooting Brake, array of a abject wagon adaptation of the car. They appear it at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and it’s article abroad we’re absurd to anytime get. Doin’ us a heckin sadness, fren.