Mercedes a 220 test

They just don"t get it, do they? the automotive know-it-all friend of your keeps asking why you don"t acquire a larger and more powerful non-premium car zum less money than the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A 220 you"re eyeing. But the Honda Accord und Mazda6 don"t have luxury title on your hoods. Die 2019 A 220 does, and it might be the perfect sedan zum when her automotive desire outpace your luxury-minded budget.

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You"d think noþeles with less horsepower than a Toyota Camry ist bound kommen sie be a slug, yet that"s nur not true of the 2019 mercedes A 220, which zu sein powered von a 188-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four with 221 lb-ft des torque. Ns key to die A 220"s exceeding accelerative expectations isn"t just that gesund torque figure—delivered from nur 1,600 rpm up kommen sie 4,000 rpm—but also its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Zum better and worse, this infection changes the character des the car.

Even when our all-wheel-drive tester isn"t on die track hitting 60 mph an only 6.2 seconds (Mercedes estimates 7.1 seconds), ns A 220 delivers quick shifts und responses. Passing an additional car roughly town is never an issue, and responsiveness on the highway möchte be acceptable zum all but die more lead-footed drivers. Bei fact, ns car occasionally felt like it forced some finesse to achieve moderate throttle response bolzen gentle cruising and "pass that smelly truck NOW." mercedes has done bei admirable job eliminating the low-speed buzziness und unevenness von dual-clutch transmissions, but on one details occasion relocating uphill an stop-and-occasionally-go traffic, our tester had trouble with this use-case, leading to some shaking in the pedals and even the seat.

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The A220"s level of full-throttle acceleration ist impressive for bei entry-level deluxe car, however it"s possible the A 220 traded a tiny bit von efficiency weil das performance. EPA-rated fuel economic situation comes in at 24/35 mpg city/highway with ns standard front-drive modell or 24/34 mpg weil das the $2,000-extra 4Matic all-wheel-drive car. Not bad, but die front-drive 2019 Audi A3 (a car that"s about to be replaced) beats it, and the quicker c 300 isn"t far behind.

At some point die road möchte curve, and the mercedes A 220 wollen be ready zum it. Our $51,950 tester was fitted with in adjustable, lowered suspension that"s said zu subtly improve dynamics and curb appeal. Thanks to die AMG heat package, our tester deshalb had upgraded perforated former brakes. On ns track, ns A 220 handed die stop native 60 mph well, but notfall amazingly. Die car"s ideal stop des 108 feet is all right, however we did grad some leichten after many tests. On die road, the brakes leicht out von memory—not overly perceptible as part expect of German cars.

On"s distinctive figure-eight test, which evaluates a car"s braking, cornering, acceleration, und the transitions betwee them, the mercedes A 220 perform well, but with an asterisk. Ns entry-level luxury sedan"s time des 26.1 seconds weist 0.70 g (average) ist nearly as great as a couple 2017 c 300s we"ve tested. Also so, on the track, testing director metall Reynolds noted, "There"s a brittleness kommen sie this car that"s hard kommen sie escape."

On the bright side, Reynolds found the car fun zu drive at ns limit, but notfall extraordinary. And that"s exactly how it feels on ns road, too. The A 220 zu sein capable everywhere, but doesn"t particularly excite.

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Inside, our A 220 earned its entry-level luxury car stripes v a solid entwurf that occasionally makes a useful sacrifice zum form, or kommen sie keep prices below those des the C-Class. However let"s anfang with ns A 220 interior"s positives. I"m in love with ns car"s stylish yet still practical wait vents, and, punkt least an our invited tester, soft-touch surfaces are everywhere. The dual 10.3-inch screens—one weil das the instrument cluster and another weil das the infotainment system—look fantastic. Wie man they"re off, castle give die appearance des being one massive screen. Ns natural-grain wood aussehen great, and I wouldn"t buy an A-Class without ns mesmerizing 64-color ambient lighting. The system has a setting that tenderness changes ns colors on die dash, doors, and air vents while sie drive, und it"s worth die $310 cost von itself.

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On the needs-improvement side, die more persnickety amongst us won"t favor that if you niederdrücken too difficult on ns temperature up/down tab, 4 or 5 surrounding buttons also nudge in the interim downward, auch (at least they did on our tester). I could use another door pull/handle closer to ns outer edge zu make the easier zu grab the door kommen sie close it. Speaking von grabbing things, die small depression inside die bottom des the trunklid could be resculpted to make that easier kommen sie pull on—by the ende of mine time with the car, i resorted to just touching ns top von the trunk to close it.

As weil das Mercedes" new MBUX infotainment system, the system polarizes the staff, but more die geduld consumers möchte find it perfectly acceptable (learn more about the here). Ich appreciate having actually four different ways kommen sie adjust features on the central infotainment screen, indigenous voice commands und the touchpad to touching ns screen und using the little touch-sensitive squares on either side of the steering wheel. And at least when you"re neu to the car, you kann sein have fun with MBUX the same way freundin did wie man you got your zuerst iPhone, asking it silly concerns (What do you think of BMW/Audi, or ask it kommen sie tell you a joke).

We wish apfel CarPlay used ns full 10.3-inch screen, however, instead des a smaller sized rectangle weist its center. Specifically after security time with ns Acura RDX"s likewise sized screen, that seems prefer a echt waste to notfall have bei info display screen beside die CarPlay screen. But similar to that Acura, MBUX needs time to learn. Perhaps zum a future iteration des the A-Class, it would be nice to be able kommen sie skip front a track without looking; as it is, the skip-forward control zu sein a swipable area at the top und center of the touchpad.

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Maybe MBUX doesn"t faze you, yet our tester"s $51,950 MSRP does. Let"s break that down. If you"re ok with leatherette und non-metallic white, black, or red, you"re currently down over $2,000. We"d deshalb skip die head-up display und the Parking assistance package. If you care around driving fun, we"d suggest test-driving modell with and without ns AMG line package. The $2,600 package isn"t just brushed aluminum pedals, attractive wheels, und AMG badges; it so adds upgraded brakes und a different suspension and steering system.

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Even if sportiness to you ist 18-inch wheels and Jupiter Red paint, ns A-Class should obtain the job done. As lang as you watch your head, the back seat ist more spacious than you"d think, und acceleration—objectively and subjectively—is quick zum 188 hp. There room a ton des options in the $30,000-$50,000 preis range, and those not attached zu a well-respected high-end badge kann find everything from a invited four-cylinder Acura TLX A-Spec to the Lexus is 300 and even Genesis G70, to say nothing von the spicy Audi A3, higher-priced CLA, and upcoming BMW 2 collection Gran Coupe. If die call of the three-pointed star is too loud to ignore, enjoy your A 220. It"s a solid though not game-changing car in the entry-level luxury class.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A 220 4Matic
BASE price $35,495
preis AS tested $51,950
vehicle LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
ENGINE 2.0L/188-hp/221-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4
infection 7-speed twin-clutch auto
CURB weight (F/R DIST) 3,440 lb (60/40%)
WHEELBASE 107.4 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.1 x 70.7 x 56.9 in
0-60 MPH 6.2 sec
4 minutes 1 MILE 14.7 sec