2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2020 MODEL
$32,800 - $34,800
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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 16, 2020
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Aditya Suresh

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Mercedes Benz was a symbol of luxury and class in the early days. From then, we surely have come a long way, with Mercedes and the other premium luxury car brands have become so competitive that luxury has crept into the likes of affordability. With a timeless body style, workmen style cockpit and hot hatch like performance, Mercedes have really set the mark with this car.

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Pros

Sensible cabin layout

Smooth and efficient powertrain

Usage of premium materials in the cabin

Excellent blend of comfort and performance

Excellent transmission performance

Cons

Low on trunk space

Low on rear cabin space

The cabin is not completely soundproof

What's New?

The 2020 A-Class sedan is basically a carry forward from 2019.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

221 lbs.-ft. @ 1250 rpm

transmission

7-speed auto-shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.6

dimensions

wheelbase

107.4 in.

length

60.9 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

56.9 in.

curb weight

3285 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

8.6 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/35/28 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

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

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Cosmic Black

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Interior

8.5

Competition

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A220

A220

power
188 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$32,800 - $34,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
A220 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $32,800 MSRP (24/28/35) 188 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
7-speed auto-shift manual front wheel drive 5
A220 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $34,800 MSRP (24/28/35) 188 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
7-speed auto-shift manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


The A220 Sedan is an advanced mobile device that can really move you in the lap of luxury. The delivery of turbo power is as you would expect, bold! The 2020 Mercedes Benz A-Class makes use of the same 2.0-Liter Inline-4 engine as the older generation. Why change something if it’s not broken and does its job well, that’s the Mercedes mantra. But just because, something works perfectly, doesn’t mean it can’t be made better. 

Starting at $32,800 for the rear-wheel drive, the highly recommended 4MATIC A220 Sedan is available at $34,800. However, with a few add-on packages, you could see the price climb up steeply. Apart from the engine, Mercedes engineers souped-up the suspension for better handling.

The A-Class sedan is straight-up competing with the likes of Audi A3, Cadillac CT4, and the Hyundai Sonata.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Front View
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Rear View

7.0/10
Features

 
 
 

8.5/10
Interior

 
 
 

8.0/10
Competition

 
 

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Features

7.0/10

Just as its much older siblings, A-Class is totally packed to the brim with the segment-leading features. It’s practical, lots of space on the inside but what it lacks is the massive boot space that these cars are often associated with. At a price of $32,800, the Mercedes Benz A-Class seems like a total bargain for the absolute joy it gives, while driving it. 

Trims

A220 Sedan

A220 4MATIC Sedan

MSRP (FWD)

$32,800

-

MSRP (AWD)

-

$34,800

Key Features

Torque vectoring brake

 Adds/Upgrades to A220 Sedan

 

17-inch 10-spoke wheels

ECO Start/Stop System

 

Active Brake assist

4MATIC all-wheel drive

 

Crosswind Assist

ATTENTION ASSIST

 

Electronic stability program

4-wheel Electronic Traction System

 

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Dual-zone automatic climate Control

 

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC

Sport Front seats

 

Power front seats with 3-position memory

Touchpad Controller

 

MB-Tex Upholstery

18-inch 5-spoke wheels with black accents
 

Illuminated entry system

8 airbags
 

“Hey, Mercedes” keyword activation

 
 

Android Auto

 
 

Apple CarPlay

 
 

Five USB-C ports

 
 

7-inch touchscreen multimedia display

 
 

Bluetooth Audio streaming

 
  7G-DCT 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission  

What do we recommend?

Upgrade from base A220 to A220 4MATIC does not open the door to any world-class features except the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, all the while not justifying a price hike of $5,000. The base A220 Sedan hits the sweet spot with cost, features, performance and thus is our pick of the lot. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the A-Class is powered by the same old 2.0-Liter Inline-4 powerhouse that gives a lot of character to the midsize sedan. It makes use of a single turbo. It does help to keep the turbo lag to a bare minimum which makes the engine feel peppy and easy to drive in the city as well. Front-wheel drive is standard with the A220, although what remains to be seen is what drive train the AMG A-Class would hold once it comes out. The potent inline-4 motor under the hood of the Mercedes Benz A-Class is mated to a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox and has insanely quick-shifting properties.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Engine Bay

Models

Mercedes Benz A-Class

Audi A3

Cadillac CT4

Hyundai Sonata

MSRP

$32,800

$33,300 

$32,995

$27,650

Engine

2.0-Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain FWD FWD RWD FWD

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic manual

7-Speed Automated manual

8 Speed Automatic w/OD and Auto manual

8- Speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

188@5,800

184@4,300

237@5,000

181@5,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

221@1,250

221@2,500

258@1,500

 

195@1,500

The Cadillac CT4 overpowers its competitors with the most amount of punch available under the hood with 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Although Mercedes’s 7G-DCT 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission seems to be more responsive and delivers quicker shifts when compared to others. Mercedes, on the other hand, fails in the power figure department as it lacks the punch the others are offering.

How fast is it?

With almost non-existent turbo lag, the car literally zooms to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Mercedes Benz A-Class might not be the most powerful performance sedan out there but that throttle response is insane that assists the sedan to hook onto the tarmac like its superglued to it and launches the car ahead without any drama. As the torque comes in as low as 1250 rpm, you will not have any issue while overtaking around busy streets. The added benefit of an all-wheel-drive drivetrain helps the A-Class in achieving this time.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan 0-60 MPH In Just 6.1 sec

Model

Mercedes Benz A-Class

Audi A3

Cadillac CT4

Hyundai Sonata

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.1 

6.1 

5.2 

7.9 

Quarter Mile (sec)

N/A

14.8

13.8 

15.9 

Top Speed (MPH) 155 130 N/A 130

Engine

2.0-Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0-Liter turbo inline 4

2.0-Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.5L turbocharged Inline-4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr) N/A N/A N/A N/A

The Mercedes is behind the Cadillac CT4 with a difference of 0.9 seconds in the 0-60 run. Again Cadillac’s powerful and potent engine comes into play in this regard. The Audi also has the same time at 6.1 seconds. The Soundtracks of both Audi A3 and the Mercedes Benz A-Class have the same soundtracks and are much more impressive than the Sonata. Sonata fares last because of the least power and torque figures.

What,s it like on the road?

At the end of the day, it’s a Mercedes! They know how to make a car that is both reasonably comfortable and poised in its behavior. The steering in true Mercedes fashion is precise but lacks feel. The base A-Class rides atop a stiffer chassis and an independent suspension setup that just gives an output that is at best nominal. Although we would recommend you go for the optional adaptive dampers which would absorb bumps. Overall, the ride is dynamic and engaging and well balanced through the corners.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Front View

What about the braking performance?

Brakes in the A-Class gives plenty of feedback. Mercedes has equipped the A-Class with torque vectoring brakes, wherein on slowing down the Car, it sends power to specific wheels, all the while shifting the weight of the car on one particular side and also thereby improving grip. Under heavy braking, there is some amount of nose dive although, the car maintains its composure and inspires confidence to the driver. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Front Brake

Model

Mercedes Benz A-Class

Audi A3

Cadillac CT4

Hyundai Sonata

Brake Rotors Front

(in)

N/A

12.3

12.6

12

Brake Rotors Rear

(in)

N/A

10.7

12.4

11.8

Curb Weight

(lbs)

3285

3197

3461

3120

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

117

N/A

121

As per the available data, the Audi A3 takes the least distance to stop from 0-60 MPH. Unfortunately, nothing can be said about the A-Class’s braking prowess, as it’s brake rotor discs diameters have not been published as of yet. Audi A3, being relatively light when compared to the other competitors. Cadillac CT4 and A-Class will incidentally take more time to come to a halt due to the comparatively heavier bodies.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Fuel Economy

The Mercedes Benz A-Class should return around 24 mpg in the city and the figure should bump up to 36 mpg on the highway. The real-world performance might differ. Fuel economy is nowhere near impressive, but moreover, with the 4matic version, the mileage further dips by 1 MPG.

Model

Mercedes Benz A-Class

Audi A3

Cadillac CT4

Hyundai Sonata

MPG (City)

24

26

22

28

MPG (Highway)

36

35

31

38

MPG (Combined)

28

29

25

32

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.5

13.2

17.4

15.9

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

324/473/378

343/462/382

382.8/435/408

429/572/508

The Mercedes does an impressive job of returning a combined 28 MPG despite being pretty heavy. Hyundai Sonata is in the spotlight here with the better overall EPA figures. Cadillac CT4 has the lowest fuel efficiency of the lot.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Interior

8.5/10

Mercedes cars are the epitome of luxury and premium features, and they have bundled all into one small sedan. Plastics are soft to touch and every panel feels solidly put together. A lot of attention to detail has been given design and the quality of materials used. Keeping in mind that this is the lowest offering from the Merc, if you want more flair, the cabin can always be upgraded with upscale options such as leather upholstery, heated front seats and LED interior lighting. It’s high on seating comfort and practicality.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Front Seats

Model

Mercedes Benz A-Class

Audi A3

Cadillac CT4

Hyundai Sonata

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

40/57.9/46.1

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

37.2/54.0/33.9

36.1/53/35.1

36.5/53.9/33.4

38.4/56.1/34.8

All of the said sedans can carry up to 5 passengers at a time and are quite similarly sized and as well. That being said, the Hyundai Sonata on paper has the most amount of rear headroom among its competitors. The seats in the Mercedes A-Class is not the most spacious of the lot as its competitors provide for a far more airy experience. 

But the way the roof is designed, the shoulder room gets affected and is only good for two passengers at a time, as when the third passenger gets in, the cabin gets a bit claustrophobic.

How good is the infotainment system?

Mercedes Benz A-Class is a well-stocked luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles already equipped. It also gets a standard 7-inch central infotainment display which comes standard with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The display is crisp and the visibility is great too. The Infotainment system is based on a new platform called the Mercedes Benz User experience, shortened for MBUX, which has a built-in digital assistant that can listen to instructions give in a natural speech. The system is responsive to inputs and displays all the vital information which is easy to read as well. And for all the music enthusiasts out there, an eight-speaker sound sytem has got your back as well.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Has a 7-inch infotainment Display

How much cargo can the Mercedes Benz A-Class carry?

The trunk in the A-Class is decent enough for a small budget-friendly luxury sedan. Although it is not so generous when compared to the other sedans. The seats fold down flat to increase the cargo carrying capacity but it’s still not as practical as a hatchback. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Has Cargo Volume 8.6 cu ft.

On the inside, the designers have been generous enough to provide enough cubby spaces which uplifts the practicality even further. 

Model

Mercedes Benz A-Class

Audi A3

Cadillac CT4

Hyundai Sonata

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

8.6

12.3

10.4

16.3

Hyundai Sonata has a cavernous boot and not just on paper but it’s designed in such a way that the loading is easier and it’s opening is square-ish as well. On the other hand, the Mercedes A-Class has the smallest boot of the lot, and rightly so not much can be expected from Mercedes in terms of cargo space.

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Interior

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Exterior

The Mercedes Benz A-Class might just be the ultimate sleeper. You’d have to be true die hard Merc fanboy to like the Mercedes A-Class. The A-Class sedan is related to the GLA crossover and CLA four-door coupe. It’s handsome yet traditional. Although the front and rear fascia have undergone a major facelift. Obviously it now rides like a sedan, rather than a hatchback. Although, the tapering roofline gives it a coupe-like body line that looks good but steals the headroom of the rear row. Seventeen-inch wheels connect the car to the road and the list of exterior features is aplenty, which includes automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, etc. Its good features are complemented by a handsome exterior.

2020 Mercedes Benz A-Class Three Quarter View

Model

Mercedes Benz A-Class

Audi A3

Cadillac CT4

Hyundai Sonata

Curb Weight (lbs)

3285

3197

3461

3120

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

Hyundai Sonata feels light on its feet and that’s down to its lower curb weight. Coupled with that, the Sonata is packing the longest wheelbase which translates to a roomier cabin. The Mercedes Benz A-Class tips the scale at almost 3285lbs and is even heavier than the Audi A3. This excess weight helps the car to remain stable at high speeds.

Exterior Features

Some of the prominent exterior features of the Mercedes Benz A-Class are: 

  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Metal-look rear bumper insert
  • Chrome tip exhaust
  • Colored w/chrome surround grille
  • Heated door mirrors
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Exterior

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Safety

There is one thing that Mercedes holds in its favor and that is no matter what Mercedes-Benz you’re driving, you can always have confidence that it will hold some of the most reliable active and passive safety features in the Automotive industry. The build quality and the sheet metal used on the A-Class seems strong and doesn’t flex that easily. Government safety organizations have yet not tested the A-Class for its safety prowess, as it is too soon for the car to go through a wall. Mercedes holds the reputation for constructing their vehicles in such a way that dramatically shortens the chances of an accident. 

  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Active brake Assist
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Crosswind Assist
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • Advanced tire pressure monitoring system
  • * Blind Spot Assist
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature
  • Rain Sensing windshield wipers
  • 4-wheel Electronic Traction System(4-ETS)
  • * Active lane change Assist
  • * Route based Speed Adaptation
  • * Surround View System
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Back-Up Camera

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Competition

8.0/10

Mercedes Benz A-Class vs Audi A3 

These germans have so much going on with their cars on the inside and out, that it sometimes becomes difficult enough to determine which one’s better than the other. The Mercedes A-class comes off as quite a capable sedan for this segment. The Audi although having the same engine configuration produces lesser power figures than the Merc. Although contrasted with the Audi A3, the A3 is a better bundle with better driving dynamics, accompanied by extravagance and plushness. Audi offers more space and is also more economical in the long run.

2020 Audi A3

Mercedes Benz A-Class vs Cadillac CT4

The Cadillac CT4 has always been a solid contender and gives most of its rivals a run for their money. Fitted with2.0-Liter turbocharged Inline-4, the A-Class churns out 237hp, along with 258 lb-ft of torque which happens to be one of the greatest power figures in this competition. Although, in comparison, when on the move the A-Class holds its stand by covering the ground with confidence all the while packing a sporty edge to it which makes it quite a fun car to drive and throw it around corners.

2020 Cadillac CT4

2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Final Verdict

The A-Class is the cheapest car from the three-pointed star automotive car maker. Being an entry-level luxury car, the A-Class stands strong on the expectations one keeps when procuring a set of german luxury wheels. The crisp throttle response and low-end torque enable the A-Class to be fit for a driver-friendly car. Ther is less space at the rear and the cargo isn’t very welcoming either. It’s the best car for someone who loves to fly under the radar and loves the luxury and occasional enthusiastic drives on the weekend