2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class


What’s new

  • AMG A 35 model debuts with more power and all-wheel drive
  • Part of the first A-Class generation (for the U.S.) introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent blend of comfort and performance
  • Classy interior design and high-quality cabin
  • Features one of today's best, most advanced infotainment systems
  • Wind noise is noticeable on the road
  • Some advanced safety features are oversensitive
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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

Can Mercedes-Benz build an affordable entry-level sedan that doesn't seem cut-rate or compromised in some fashion? The brand's previous attempts, such as the CLA, suggested the answer is "no." But the A-Class, which Mercedes introduced just last year, has impressed us by offering a true luxury experience at an affordable price.

The 2020 A-Class is nothing short of transformative. Why? For one, interior materials quality is top-notch and exceeds anything else in this price range. You also get some of Mercedes' most advanced features. The new MBUX infotainment system, for example, debuted with the A-Class. It's the best in the business and can't even be found on a lot of Mercedes' more expensive models yet.

The A-Class also drives like a proper Mercedes. The ride quality is comfortable and composed, and the engine is refined. The standard A 220 is respectably quick, and there's a new, performance-focused AMG A 35 that turns up the performance dial even further. In its attempt to improve upon every past misstep, Mercedes has managed to craft a nearly perfect small luxury car.

There are only a few competitors in the subcompact space. The most compelling new rival is the  BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. It's comparable to the A-Class in a lot of ways, including style, performance and price. And, interestingly, Mercedes is rolling out a redesigned CLA for 2020 that's very similar to the A-Class. But considering how much we like the A-Class, it seems likely that it will continue to shine above the rest.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class as Edmunds' Top Rated Luxury Sedan of 2020. See all of the Top Rated Vehicles on our Best Cars page.

What's it like to live with the A 220?

The Edmunds editorial team purchased a Mercedes-Benz A 220 to test as a part of our long-term vehicle program. We wanted to know what it was like to drive for 12 months and 20,000 miles. Does the A-Class provide an authentic Mercedes luxury experience over the long haul? To learn more, check out our long-term test of our 2019 A-Class, where we cover everything from seat comfort to real-world reliability.

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Our verdict

8.4 / 10
Thanks to the impressive combination of excellent driving manners, stellar build quality and a futuristic interior, the A-Class isn't a less expensive Mercedes. It's simply a smaller one.

How does it drive?

We tested the A 220 and found it surprisingly entertaining to drive. It pulls away from stop signs smoothly and silently with almost no delay. It's not as quick as the Audi A3, but overall the Mercedes is punchy. In Edmunds testing, it covered 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds. The dual-clutch transmission is one of the better examples but still exhibits clunky action in traffic.

The feel of the brake pedal is immediately intuitive. It's easy to stop smoothly and with confidence from any speed. We also like the A 220's handling. There's more than enough grip thanks to the optional summer tires, and the available all-wheel-drive system can also help get the power down quickly when exiting a turn. Overall composure is excellent.

How comfortable is it?

Mercedes is out to prove that compact luxury cars can be just as comfortable as their bigger, more expensive siblings. The A-Class leads the charge with a compliant suspension that absorbs most bumps at high or low speeds with ease.

The A 220's cabin is thoroughly comfortable as well. There's very little road or ambient noise. The seats are well contoured and agreeable to many body types, though taller drivers might wish for more upper-back support. The system provides plenty of airflow from the fancy-looking turbine-style air vents.

How’s the interior?

The driver and front passenger enjoy ample headroom, shoulder and elbow room, which is a pleasant surprise in such a small car. While rear passengers have decent headroom, legroom is a bit tight. Thankfully, the backs of the front seats are sculpted to provide some additional knee room. Outward visibility is OK, but the thick rear roof pillars and small rearview mirrors obscure your rearward view slightly.

Mercedes includes a bunch of luxury and technology features in the A 220. Thankfully, they are pretty easy to access and figure out. There's excellent redundancy in the controls, so most drivers should find a suitable way to operate it.

How’s the tech?

The A-Class is one of the most tech-forward vehicles on the market, small sedan or otherwise. The high-resolution center display responds quickly via touchscreen, buttons or touchpad. The optional Burmester audio system is remarkable for a car in this price class.

The voice recognition system interacts with a variety of vehicle systems and supports natural speech detection. We found it easy to activate the system inadvertently, however. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are two USB-C ports. Only some hyperactive electronic driver aids spoil the technological tour de force. Though generally sophisticated, they could be overbearing at times and returned a few false alarms, mostly inaccurate speed limit information, that had us scrambling to turn them off.

How’s the storage?

Belying its size, the A 220 can perform most duties you'd ask of a luxury sedan. The trunk is a little narrow, but the split rear seats that fold help make the most of the available space. An abundance of interior storage keeps the clutter to a minimum. The door pockets and a fairly deep center console bin aid those in front, though rear passengers can really only store items in the door pockets.

You can probably use an A-Class for kid taxi duty, but it's obviously not ideally suited. The child safety seat anchors are easy to access, but the lack of rear seat space makes for a tight fit if you're rocking a rear-facing child seat.

How economical is it?

The A 220 is EPA rated at 28 mpg in combined city/highway driving, which is an average figure for an entry-level luxury sedan. On our 115-mile mixed-driving evaluation route, our all-wheel-drive A 220 test car returned just over 29 mpg.

Is it a good value?

The A 220 is fairly well equipped from the start. But as is typical for European luxury vehicles, adding desirable option packages can increase the price tag by thousands of dollars. Still, the amount of luxury and technology and overall competent nature of the A-Class make it seem as if you're getting your money's worth.

The standard Mercedes-Benz warranty coverage is four years/50,000 miles for both bumper-to-bumper and powertrain coverage, the norm among its mostly German competition. Roadside assistance coverage is also limited to the warranty period; it used to be unlimited. There's also the option to prepay for scheduled maintenance years in advance at a discounted rate.


The A-Class excels at offering the modern Mercedes-Benz experience in simply a smaller package. It's loaded with tech, features and luxury. It's also enjoyable to drive and looks suitably upscale. Mercedes has raised the bar for the entry-level luxury sedan class.

Which A-Class does Edmunds recommend?

While the new AMG A 35 offers riotous acceleration, most buyers will be well served by the standard A 220. The options list is considerable, though there are some good buys here. The Premium package is worth getting because of its keyless entry and upgraded display screens. We're also inclined to recommend the Driver Assistance package for city dwellers — the advanced driving aids are valuable for reducing driver fatigue in heavy traffic.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class models

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class comes in two trims: A 220 and AMG A 35. The A 220 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (188 horsepower, 221 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive is available as an option.

The new AMG A 35 uses a similar powertrain, but output from the engine rises significantly to 302 hp and 295 lb-ft. The 4Matic is standard here.

Feature highlights for the A 220 include LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, simulated leather upholstery (MB-Tex), and power-adjustable front seats. On the tech front, you get a 7-inch central touchscreen, the MBUX infotainment system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is also included.

Mercedes offers a few option packages for the A 220. Key ones to look out for include the Premium package (keyless entry, blind-spot monitoring and bigger display screens), a Multimedia package (primarily adds an advanced navigation system), and the Driver Assistance and Parking Assistance packages.

Mercedes hasn't released full details on the AMG A 35 yet, but we expect it will come with the Premium package as standard plus restyled exterior elements, a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes and additional driving modes.

Notable stand-alone options for the A-Class include an adaptive suspension, adaptive headlights, leather upholstery, massaging multicontour front seats, a wireless charging pad, a head-up display, and a 12-speaker Burmester surround-sound system.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

5 star reviews: 78%
4 star reviews: 11%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 11%
Average user rating: 4.4 stars based on 9 total reviews

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  • spaciousness
  • technology
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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, SMARTEST compact wrapped in luxury
robs A220,
A 220 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

I am a new owner of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 4matic..This car is amazing. Classically beautiful without being over the time. The technology is beyond compare. The augmented reality in navigation is awesome. The A220 is a beautiful, luxury compact sedan that spares no luxury and is FUN to drive!!

5 out of 5 stars, SMART TECH, FUN, AND COMPACT
A 220 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The tech geared in the A220 is similar to the screen of the S-Class offered by Mercedes. For reference, I am 5'3'' and of course most vehicles are comfortable to suit my small size but I think it is perfect. The car is very adjustable and malleable to your wants. The car can't be compared to a high-class Mercedes but it is still fast enough, you can't go past 15 mph in Los Angeles deadlock traffic anyway. Gas mileage is decent but what do you really expect. Premium gas makes a great difference in this car which I did not believe was influential. I would definitely get another A220 in the next 3 years after my lease is up.

5 out of 5 stars, Best mini s class
Top notch luxury car,
A 220 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

Very fast with turbocharge. It has lot of features from 64 ambient lights to mbus system. Beautiful interior and best luxury car.

5 out of 5 stars, Murdered A Class
Murdered A Class ,
A 220 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

This car drives, rides and looks great. Around great package

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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class video

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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class won Best Luxury Sedan in the 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Awards. A repeat winner, the A-Class delivers the luxury experience you'd expect from a Mercedes-Benz, but at an affordable price. It rides and drives well, and it hosts exceedingly clever technology features, making it the best luxury sedan.

[MUSIC PLAYING] JONATHAN ELFALAN: After we awarded the A-Class Best Luxury Sedan last year, we went out and bought one. For 2020, it's, again, our pick for Best Luxury Sedan. But I guess you could say that ownership has gone well. We continue to be impressed by how the A-Class delivers a luxury experience of a Mercedes-Benz but at a more affordable price. It blends a comfortable ride with nimble handling. And there's enough power from the turbo two-liter engine to keep you at or above the pace of traffic. CARLOS LAGO: The A-Class's real advantage rests in its interior. It's gorgeous, richly detailed, and beautifully put together. It's the kind of interior you'd expect from a Mercedes but a much more expensive one. So the fact that you get it in an A-Class is a real plus. Reinforcing the sensation is the control interface called MBUX. It's got an easy-to-read display. And the whole system feels really intuitive, especially the voice recognition software. It's the kind of smart that feels obvious in retrospect and you wonder why more automakers haven't delivered a system as seamless as this one. Overall, with the A-Class, Mercedes has delivered a true luxury car experience wrapped in an affordable package ensuring you get the best return on your dollar. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Features & Specs

A 220 4dr Sedan features & specs
A 220 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM
MPG 24 city / 35 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission7-speed automated manual
Horsepower188 hp @ 5800 rpm
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A 220 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
A 220 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM
MPG 24 city / 34 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission7-speed automated manual
Horsepower188 hp @ 5800 rpm
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AMG A 35 4dr Sedan AWD features & specs
AMG A 35 4dr Sedan AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM
MPG 24 city / 31 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
Transmission7-speed automated manual
Horsepower302 hp @ 5800 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite A-Class safety features:

Active Brake Assist
Emits an alert if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
Blind Spot Assist
Signals the driver if a vehicle is in a blind spot as well as when a car or bicyclist is approaching from behind when parked.
Active Steering Assist
Uses cameras and other sensors to help the driver keep the vehicle centered in its lane while cruising, even in gentle curves.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. the competition

Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Last year, the choice between the new A-Class and the aging, uncompetitive CLA was clear. For 2020, the CLA is fully redesigned and is very similar to the A-Class. Going with the CLA gets you sleeker coupe-like styling and a little more power. Want a sportier entry-level luxury sedan? Go with the CLA.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. Audi A3

This Audi A3 generation has been on sale for a while now, yet Audi's smallest sedan continues to impress. Performance is impressive, especially with the uprated engine found in all-wheel-drive (Quattro) models. Interior materials quality is also befitting a luxury sedan. The choice between these two vehicles isn't cut-and-dried, so test-drive both to find out which speaks to you.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs. BMW 3 Series

Though BMW technically makes a vehicle in the subcompact class, the 2 Series is a coupe and is inherently less practical than the A-Class sedan. The BMW 3 Series four-door is a more natural competitor, but it's a size class larger and more expensive. Pricing aside, we're not blown away by the newest 3 Series generation and think the A-Class is a better buy overall.

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Is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 A-Class both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. You probably care about Mercedes-Benz A-Class fuel economy, so it's important to know that the A-Class gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg to 28 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the A-Class has 8.6 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class:

  • AMG A 35 model debuts with more power and all-wheel drive
  • Part of the first A-Class generation (for the U.S.) introduced for 2019
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Is the Mercedes-Benz A-Class reliable?

To determine whether the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the A-Class. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the A-Class's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 A-Class and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 A-Class is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

The least-expensive 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A 220 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $32,800.

Other versions include:

  • A 220 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $32,800
  • A 220 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $34,800
  • AMG A 35 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $44,950
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What are the different models of Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

If you're interested in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the next question is, which A-Class model is right for you? A-Class variants include A 220 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), A 220 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and AMG A 35 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM). For a full list of A-Class models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Overview

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is offered in the following submodels: A-Class Sedan, A-Class AMG A 35. Available styles include A 220 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), A 220 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and AMG A 35 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM).

What do people think of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 A-Class 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 A-Class.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 A-Class featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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