2019 Mercedes-Benz A 220: What's It Like to Live With?
We're going to put an A220 through its paces for 20,000 miles.
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Latest Highlights (updated 05/29/20)
- Impressive quality for an entry-level luxury sedan
- Best-in-class MBUX infotainment system is an interior highlight
- Sporty driving experience without an AMG badge
- Underwhelming optional Burmester Stereo
- Firm driver seats
2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A220: Real-World Fuel Economy
In the beginning of our test of the A220, we averaged 24.6 mpg, which is just above the EPA's city estimate for the Mercedes, and now we're up to 25.2 mpg. Unfortunately, that's still well below the combined estimate of 28 mpg — some highway trips should help things improve.
Average lifetime mpg: 25.4
EPA mpg rating: 28 combined (24 city/35 highway)
Best fill mpg: 35.0
Best range: 423.0 miles
Current odometer: 7,977 miles
"I drove our A220 for the first time yesterday, and based on everything my coworkers had said, I was ready to fall in love immediately. Instead, I just really like it. First, the good stuff. It's hard to understate how much this A-Class is over the old CLA. The cabin looks incredible for a car starting under $35,000, and our long-termer's red and black color scheme really drives that home. I dig the ambient lighting setup, which allows you to choose different colors for the two light strips, and you can even have them change for a fluctuating look at night. The ride is also super comfortable, which is the direct opposite of the previous CLA.
Dislikes are mostly limited to our spec. The sunroof eats up just enough headroom that I can't sit comfortably without slouching down. Our tester also doesn't have satellite radio — an unfortunate side effect of limited dealer availability at the time we leased our A 220. The dual-clutch transmission, while better than before, remains slightly clunky for a luxury application." — Cameron Rogers, reviews editor
"This car is pretty slick. I really like the interior layout. The dual screen setup, the vents, the center console, and everything else are very similar (if not the same) as the rest of the Mercedes lineup. This through-line of design is clever because even though you're driving the smallest, least expensive Mercedes, you don't feel like you're missing out on the character of the brand." — Carlos Lago, manager, feature content
"Has anyone else noticed a vibration at idle? I feel it the most when I'm stopped at a light with my foot on the brake pedal. In this situation, the sound of the engine idling is rather prominent, and I can feel a heavy vibration through the brake pedal. It seems to go away after a long drive, indicating it's tied to a cold engine/transmission, but I get it throughout my 30-45 minute commute." — Carlos Lago, manager, feature content
"I'm overall really impressed with how thoughtful Mercedes was about the user experience in the A Class. And not just MBUX, but the fact that you can do things like tap the brake twice at a stop to set brake hold for the duration of that stop (which actually makes brake hold useful). But they really missed on driver-seat exit assist (or whatever they call it).
When turned on, it moves the seatback into a more upright position to help you get in and out of the low car, which makes sense (bigger cars with longer doors tend to move the seats back). But the steering column is manually adjustable, so the steering wheel stays right where you set it instead of moving up and back. That means that the exit assist just pushes you closer to the wheel and winds up making getting in and out more of a squeeze (at least if you're built like me)." — Will Kaufman, content strategist
"As usual, my wife and I packed way too much stuff for a weekend getaway with friends. The A 220 has a small trunk, but it easily swallowed our luggage, backpacks, oversized purses and assorted shoeboxes. On the way home it fit bag after bag of food and beverages that weren't consumed in the hotel. There is enough hidden storage that we could store phones, cords and small snacks out of sight to keep the car clean when visitors tagged along. Our biggest complaint was a lack of suitable ceiling handles. In their absence we realized how much my wife relies on them to get out of the seat, or just relax on a long drive, and I had a tough time hanging my new suit from the teensy hook above the rear seat." — Ryan ZumMallen, reviews editor