2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

MSRP $34,800

Ranked #1 in Subcompact Sedan

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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 27, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the entry into the world of Mercedes sedans. You might mistake it for a coupe the first time you lay your eyes on it, due to its sloping roofline and subcompact design. The A-Class is the least expensive Mercedes-Benz sedan in the market and can be an easy way into the Merc line-up. Armed with enough luxuries and an okay-ish engine, the sedan attracts buyers with its gorgeous styling. 

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Pros

Upscale and gorgeous interior

Attractive exterior styling

Sharp handling and comfortable ride

Cons

Cargo space not very impressive

Optional packages can get expensive

Not as much of a performer as some rivals

What's New?

No significant changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

221 lb-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/11.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

107.4 in.

length

60.9 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3417 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

8.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/35 mpg

highway range

472.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

A220$34,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class in Cosmic Black color
Cosmic Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

8.5

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class starts at $32,800 and is available with a variety of options on top of the standard features. What is most pleasant about the car is that it is not compromised in terms of overall quality like most entry level luxury offerings. It can be compared with the likes of Audi A3, Cadillac CT4, and the Hyundai Sonata.


7.0/10
Features

8.5/10
Interior


2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Features

7.0/10

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is offered in two trim levels – A220 and A220 4MATIC, with the major difference being the addition of 4MATIC all-wheel drive on the latter. The regular model starts at $32,800 and the 4MATIC will cost $34,800. The base model A220 also has an interesting and long list of standard features ranging from Mercedes’ special safety features, standard infotainment features, dual-zone climate control, and so on. The 4MATIC adds more features to enhance the luxury. As always, you can upgrade your experience with additional packages. 

Trims

A220 Sedan

A220 4MATIC Sedan

MSRP

$32,800

$34,800

Key Features

Torque vectoring brake

Adds/Upgrades to A220 Sedan

 

FWD-only

ECO Start/Stop System

 

Active Brake assist

4MATIC all-wheel drive

 

Crosswind Assist

ATTENTION ASSIST

 

7-inch touchscreen multimedia display

Touchpad Controller

 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Sport Front seats

 

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC

 
 

Power front seats with 3-position memory

 
 

MB-Tex Upholstery

 
 

Five USB-C ports

 
 

“Hey, Mercedes” keyword activation

 
 

Dual-zone automatic climate Control

 

Which trim should you buy?

There is not a lot of options to choose from, since there is only one main trim. We would suggest going with the AWD, that is, the 4MATIC version, as it adds Merc’s famed AWD system for better grip and stability. Also, it adds a little extra luxury. You must also get the Driver Assistance Package for a completely worry-free and safe riding experience. The Driver Assistance package will include Active Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist w/ Cross-Traffic Function, active emergency stop assist, active speed limit assist, active blind spot assist, etc. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Engine and Performance

The A-Class sedan is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine that churns out 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, which does not feel very impactful. It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and you can have it either as a FWD or AWD in. The engine delivers enough power for day-to-day driving and cruising around town, but it actually is a little sluggish on the highway.

2020 Mercedes Benz A Class 2.0L Engine

The green light for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the inclusion of a lag-free turbo experience along with an impressive throttle response, which allows easy cruising once you get going. Due to more torque, the power is delivered to the wheels quickly in the rev range and the transmission is very smooth and switches gears seamlessly. A sprint from 0-60 MPH takes around 7.1 seconds, which is slower than its German rivals. 

Models

2020 Mercedes Benz A220

2020 Audi A3

2020 Cadillac CT4

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

MSRP

$32,800

$33,300

$32,995

$33,500

Engine

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

1.6L turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

7-Speed DCT

7-Speed Automated manual

8 Speed Automatic 

8- Speed automatic

Power 

188 hp @ 5,800 rpm

184 hp @ 4,300 rpm

237 hp @ 5,000 rpm

180 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque 

221 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm

221 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

195 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

0-60 MPH 

7.1 seconds

6.5 seconds

5.1 seconds

8.2 seconds

Quarter Mile

N/A

14.8 seconds

13.6 seconds

16.2 seconds

Top Speed

155

130

N/A

130

Right off the bat, we see that the CT4 produces the most power, while the rest are more in line with each other. Consequently, the Cadillac is the quickest, and by quite a margin at that. The A3 also performs well and is half a second quicker than the A-Class. The Sonata is the slowest of the bunch, despite being competitive in terms of power output. 

How well does the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan handle?

The A-Class has an A-Class handling. The subcompact sedan is meant to have a nimble and fun-to-drive persona and it does just that. The steering is responsive and offers precise handling. The front wheels also pose good feedback. The 4MATIC AWD system will increase stability and grip on the road. Even when it is thrown around corners, it does impressive and keeps the body roll to a bare minimum. After all, it is not too heavy a car.

The ride quality is also impressive. The FWD offers slightly better comfort for the occupants than the AWD. You can also upgrade to adjustable adaptive damping and the ride quality increases even further. Overall, this German sedan is nimble and offers fun to drive dynamics with a good level of comfort as well.

How is the braking performance of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan?

The braking on the German sedan is as impressive as the handling. It comes with 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. The front brake rotors are 12.6 inches and the rear rotors are 11.6 inches. The pedal is linear and offers good feedback when pressed. It also comes to a halt at an acceptable distance. The overall weight of the car is 3285 lbs, and it is an average weight in this segment.

Model

2020 Mercedes Benz A220

2020 Audi A3

2020 Cadillac CT4

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12.6

12.3

11.8

12.8

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11.6

10.7

12.4

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

3285

3197

3422

3336

60-0 MPH (ft)

105

121

104

121

The CT4 is the one that comes with the smallest brake rotors, but it makes the most impressive stop, coming to a halt in just 104 ft of distance. Also, it is the heaviest. The rest come to a halt at an acceptable distance as well. The Merc is also as competitive as the Cadillac when it comes to stopping distances.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Fuel Economy

The Merc is actually a pretty frugal and efficient car. The EPA-estimated figures are around 24 MPG for the city, 35 MPG for the highway, and 28 MPG for combined; for the FWD variant. The AWD just takes a little off the highway, settling for 34 MPG. The total AWD fuel economy stands at 24/34/28 MPG for city/highway/combined driving. So, you can count on your car for a family trip. The gas tank is 13.5-gallons, which allows for a total range of 324/472/369 miles for FWD, and for the AWD, the highway range is 448 miles; while the rest remains the same.

Model

2020 Mercedes Benz A220

2020 Audi A3

2020 Cadillac CT4

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

MPG (City)

24

27

23

27

MPG (Highway)

35

36

34

36

MPG (Combined)

28

30

27

31

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.5

13.2

17.0

15.9

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles)

324/472/378

356/475/396

391/578/459

429/572/492

The Sonata offers the best fuel economy and offers a massive range, nearing the 500-mile mark. However, this comes at the cost of performance. The CT4 is also pretty impressive with its big fuel tank. Despite being the least efficient, it makes up in terms of range with its fuel tank. The Merc has the lowest range, while the A3 does only slightly better. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Interior

8.5/10

The A-Class has an amazing interior. High-quality materials are found in abundance, and also featuring a huge list of standard features, the German sedan offers almost everything. The dashboard also sports a unique design, which uses layers or contours to its advantage. Beautiful 64-color ambient lighting can be found to illuminate the gorgeous interior. Three round-shaped AC vents at the center present an unorthodox look. MB-Tex leatherette is the standard choice, but you also choose Dinamica from the AMG Line Package alongside wood interior trim options.

2020 Mercedes Benz A Class Dashboard

There are 8-way power-adjustable front seats with 3-position memory and lumbar support that are standard. Seats can be equipped as heated or ventilated as an extra option, alongside multi-contour front seats. The front row is absolutely roomy and spacious. The rear row is a little more cramped with less legroom and headroom, and can only fit average-sized adults for a short trip. Tall people wouldn’t enjoy sitting in the rear row. However, an 8.6 cubic feet cargo space probably will not do justice to the word ‘sedan’.

Model

2020 Mercedes Benz A220

2020 Audi A3

2020 Cadillac CT4

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.3/55.1/41.8

36.5/54.8/41.2

38.3/55.2/42.4

40.0/57.9/46.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/54.0/33.9

36.1/53.0/35.1

36.5/53.9/33.4

38.4/56.1/34.8

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

8.6

12.3

10.7

16

The front row is obviously quite spacious in all the sedans, but when it comes to the rear row, the A3 has the best legroom. None of the sedans are particularly friendly with adults in the rear row. The Sonata clearly wins the practicality race with the largest trunk, while the Merc can be laughed at due to its particularly tiny cargo capacity. 

Some interior features include:

  • MB-Tex leather upholstery
  • 8-way power-adjustable front seats w/ power lumbar and 3-position memory
  • Front heated and ventilated seats (option)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Optional interior wood trim
  • 64-color LED ambient lighting with illuminated vents

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Merc comes equipped with a 7” infotainment touchscreen that runs on MBUX Multimedia System. With the optional Premium Package, you get a 10.25” infotainment and instrument cluster display that are gracefully connected to the dashboard.

2020 Mercedes Benz A Class Infotainment System

The system is very intuitive and works very well with natural language processing. The “Hey Mercedes” keyword will activate the infotainment system and listen to all your commands. Standard features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, Bluetooth, 5 USB Type-C ports, Mercedes Me Connect Services, and HERMES Communications Module LTE. An 8-speaker sound system is standard, but you can upgrade to a 590W Burmester premium surround system with 12-speakers.

Highlights of the infotainment system:

  • HD Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 10.25” screen (optional)
  • Voice activation
  • Optional Burmester 12-speaker sound system
  • USB Type-C ports

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Exterior

Yes, indeed. One of the key selling points of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the look. In modern times, you cannot attract buyers if your car doesn’t invoke interest at first glance. You could easily mistake this sedan for a coupe with its sloping roofline and compact body design. The front fascia sees two angry and aggressive headlights, which look calm when turned off. They are angled and sharp and of course, they are LED daytime running lights. The classic Mercedes grille at the front with the big three point star logo enhances the look even further.

2020 Mercedes Benz A Class Three Quarter View

From the side, the car looks sleek and stately. The gently sloping roofline gives it a very distinctive look. The taillights are also pretty stylish and with the dual exhaust tips, you cannot take your eyes off the car. Power-folding heated mirrors are an optional extra along with the AMG exterior body kit for more sporty and aggressive cosmetic upgrades. The sedan rides on 17” wheels as standard, but 18” wheels are an option too.

Model

2020 Mercedes Benz A220

2020 Audi A3

2020 Cadillac CT4

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

Curb Weight (lbs)

3285

3197

3422

3336

Length (in)

179.1

175.5

187.2

192.9

Width (in)

70.7

70.7

71.5

73.2

Height (in)

56.9

55.7

56

56.9

Ground Clearance (in)

4.3

6.3

N/A

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

107.4

103.8

109.3

111.8

The Sonata has the longest wheelbase, and that’s why it is the most practical in terms of its interior space. The A3 comes with the shortest wheelbase, while its dimensions are pretty much similar to the Merc. One of the weakest points of the Mercedes is that it has extremely low ground clearance which might be a problem for people who live in areas with rough roads.

Some exterior highlights include:

  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Chrome side windows trim
  • Optional power-folding heated side mirrors
  • Light tinted glass
  • Rain detecting wipers
  • Chrome bar grille
  • LED DRLs
  • LED brake lights

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Safety

Mercedes never take safety slightly and they have some of the most innovative and futuristic safety features on the market. Also, they build some of the safest cars with strong chassis and safety systems. Unfortunately, NHTSA has not yet tested the 2020 A-Class. But IIHS has, and they have nothing but praises about it. With a “Good” rating on all the categories, it easily bags the “2020 Top Safety Pick+” award which is the organization’s highest honour.

Some of the safety features include:

  • Active Brake Assist w/ Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Attention Assist
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist (optional)
  • Active Lane Change assist (optional)
  • Surround View System (optional)
  • Active Steering Assist (optional)

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Competition

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan vs 2020 Audi A3

The Audi A3 is an excellent sedan from the German manufacturer. When it comes to raw performance, the A3 beats the A-Class. It also is a great handler, just like the Merc. The range is also better in the A3 and practicality takes priority too. Alongside that, the A3 also has a pretty gorgeous interior with luxurious materials all around and a long list of standard safety features. It just seems that the Audi is better in almost every aspect. Exterior styling is a personal choice, but we would give A3 the edge.

2020 Audi A3 Three Quarter View

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan vs 2020 Cadillac CT4

The Cadillac costs the same as the A-Class, but right off the bat, it leaves the A-Class in the dirt with its performance. It delivers one of the best power figures in this segment and should be chosen if you prioritize performance over anything else. However, the German sedan is more fun to drive. The American also has a very unique and outlandish style contrasting to the German’s stately looks. We would let you decide.

2020 Cadillac CT4 Three Quarter View

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan vs 2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

The top-end trim of the Sonata, the Limited, can be compared with the A-Class in terms of pricing. The Sonata was never meant to be as agile as the Merc, so the A-Class clearly gets the bonus point there. Also, it offers much better driving dynamics. However, if you are looking for something practical, then hands down, the Sonata is a better choice. It is more reliable; it has excellent fuel economy and is the most practical on the list. 

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited Front View

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Final Verdict

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is aimed at those who want to introduce themselves into the Mercedes ethos without having to spend a ton of cash. The sedan is affordable. It has a very nimble ride and is an excellent handler, though the engine is slightly sluggish. The interior and infotainment are also excellent. The only issue is the practicality and fuel economy. We’d recommend looking at the A3 before pulling the trigger. But you cannot go wrong with the A-Class either.

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