What the critics say
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220
Mercedes-Benz’s new entry-level sedan “does a surprisingly good impression of a much more expensive car.” Though “a little dull” in its exterior styling, the A220 drives like a luxury vehicle in a way the similarly priced CLA-class never did, and it “legitimately looks the part” from any of its four seats. “Everything you touch feels high-quality,” and even the lowest-priced edition is packed with features, including an impressive voice-command system.
Car and Driver
“Dynamically, the baby Benz resembles top-tier sport compacts like the Volkswagen Golf.” Though its turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates only 188 hp, “throttle response is excellent,” and the A220 reaches 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. It’s also surprisingly roomy compared with the slightly longer CLA, offering “substantially greater” headroom and legroom in both rows.
So why does the CLA still exist? Unlike that disappointing car, the A220 “has an inherent goodness to it.” Though ride quality was poor in the all-wheel-drive model (the 4Matic), the front-wheel-drive model is impressive all round—comfortable, sporty, right-sized, and offering “an unparalleled interior experience at this end of the market.” Steer clear of the expensive option packages and the A220 is a great value, “the true Mercedes of compact sedans.” ■