By on January 17, 2019

Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing for its new A-Class sedan while throwing the gauntlet Audi’s way. The 2019 A220 starts at $32,500, which happens to be the exact cost of a base A3. The cars even share an identical $995 destination fee.

Considering both models feature 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engines producing 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, we anticipated similar MSRPs. But Daimler might as well put a photo of the A3 in crosshairs on the A-Class’ window sticker.

Cheaper than the uninspired (and soon to be revamped) CLA by a few hundred bucks and roughly $1,500 less than a GLA crossover, the A-Class sedan is now Mercedes’ most-affordable model in North America. 

Standard features include 17-inch wheels, LED head and tail lamps, panoramic roof, dual climate control, and twin 7.0-inch displays using the automaker’s proprietary MBUX infotainment system with intelligent Voice Control (compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). However, there is always room to grow with premium nameplates.

If you prefer your sedan with 4Matic all-wheel-drive, tack on another $2,000 to the final price. Buyers can also option twin 10.3-inch screens ($1,550 extra) if they find the 7.0-inch units difficult to read and want power-folding mirrors with blind spot monitoring. Currently, the 2.0-liter with a seven-speed dual-clutch is the sole powertrain option. That might change by next year — possibly via the introduction of an AMG model.

If you can’t wait and are okay with pretending you own an AMG when you don’t, Mercedes does offer the A-Class with an AMG Line appearance package for an additional $2,600. That adds aluminum pedals and shift paddles, 18-inch wheels, fancier grille, sport steering wheel, painted calipers, lowered suspension, upgraded interior leather, AMG floor mats, and some AMG body styling. For another $300, you can also have the Night Package — which offers everything the AMG Line does, plus some gloss black exterior accenting.

Of course, all of this (and more) can be added à la carte, but there are a few other packages available, as well. Navigation, parking assist, and driver assistance packages all bring the A-Class’ final price up by another grand or two.

While we like the idea of being able to purchase a modern car without a bundle of electronic nannies, it’s a little surprising not to see at least some of that tech as standard equipment. There are cheaper cars from less-celebrated automakers that provide automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping for far less money. Instead, a bundle like will set you back an additional $2,250 on the Benz. Fortunately, you get just about everything a technophile could want for your financial commitment.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan should arrive at U.S. dealerships soon.

[Images: Mercedes-Benz]

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36 Comments on “Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Pricing Puts Audi On Notice...”


  • avatar
    stars9texashockey

    I’m confused—why this and the CLA both?

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Agreed – sounds like they’d compete against each other.

    • 0 avatar
      Gregg Mulry

      It’s really not confusing. Mercedes, Audi and BMW have both sedan and “four door coupe” versions of several models. The CLA is about to be revamped and upgraded. Mercedes knows it will command more money, even though it is essentially an A Class with frameless side glass and a droopier tail. Like the Audi A7 is an A6 with a swoopier roof.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    But, but, but the Cadillac XT4 turbo 4 banger is under powered!

    Har! Har! Har!

  • avatar
    jkross22

    32.5k gets you the base model with likely little of what is in these pictures.

    Is this car really better than a 4 banger Stinger or Accord Sport? I’m guessing no.

    To it’s credit, at least this isn’t a complete embarrassment like the CLA.

  • avatar
    carguy

    That rear end looks like a late model Kia.

    Let’s hope it sucks less than the current CLA.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “affordable” + “Mercedes”

    RUN

  • avatar
    Fred

    That dash board, will make me want the A3.

    • 0 avatar
      conundrum

      That base A3 has the awful Budack cycle engine. The Benz’ 188 hp engine doesn’t act like a low-revving diesel if initial reports are to be believed. It apparently moves well, like the 320i does.

      Of course, if you go AWD on the A3, then you get the 220hp GTI engine, and then it’s no contest – the A3 wins going away.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Free advice: if you’re feeling your oats in your new A-Class and want to take on an A3, make sure the Audi doesn’t have the “Quattro” badge on the back. Otherwise, you’re in for a major narcissistic injury. The base FWD A3 has the wimpy 2.0, but the AWD has the GTI’s 2.0 and DSG, and it’ll eat this Benz alive.

    Not a bad looking car, though. Certainly a lot better than the CLA.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Question: Do you want to buy a FWD car from a company that has been building them for 50 years, or from a company that started building them last Thursday?

  • avatar
    darex

    From a marketing perspective, wouldn’t it make much more sense to only sell the A-Klasse sedan here, and replace the CLA with the new B-Klasse (i.e. Compact CUV)? Same interior, same features, but much better practicality and popularity out of the B-Klasse’s body style? This is especially puzzling when the A-Klasse hatch won’t be sold in the U.S..

    Autogefühl loved the new B-Klasse.

    https://youtu.be/dHhLED0Vvvw

  • avatar
    hreardon

    Word on the street is that the next gen A3 was to launch at Geneva in March, but due to diesel gate, the reshuffling of priorities (EVs), and the CUVification of everything, there’s word that the A3 may get pushed to a later release date this year. Don’t expect the sedan here in the US until about April 2020.

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    OK Mercedes, let’s talk about pricing again. Vinyl “leatherette” seats, a steering wheel, and a couple of paint colors for that rock bottom prices? By the time you’ve optioned up to say a nice Acura or Lexus or Infiniti (realistic competition in that price range), you’ve crashed through C-class territory and the value equation just flies out of the window.
    I thought for awhile that BMW was starting to become a rudder-less ship, especially with the introduction of “X”-everything and the 4-door coupe models, but Mercedes seems to be losing it even more. The styling just doesn’t scream German, the interior doesn’t pull off the right look – it looks like a couple of smartphones were glued to the dash and then the engineers called it a day.

    I just see a generic Japanese or Korean sedan in the styling and a ton of hard, shiny plastic plastered all over the interior. Hate to say it Mercedes, but this screams “LEASE SPECIAL” and “Would you like an upgrade for $15 more a day?” at the Hertz or Enterprise counter.

    • 0 avatar
      jmo2

      While it is vinyl. You can find a 40 year old 240D with 500k miles and those MBTex seats look like they just came out of the factory.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        I’d love some old MBTex seats re-purposed as furniture.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Lol, keep dreaming. My 300D had far less than 500k, was a pampered one owner, and the seats were in typical shape for a car of that age. Cracking, dried up, faded. I’d hate to know they looked like that when “they just came out of the factory”.

        • 0 avatar
          Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

          Nearly 20(!) years ago I bought a 1985 300D with 248,000 miles on its odometer, and the MB-Tex seats (the entire interior for that matter) still looked like new after a quick cleanup. The car itself hadn’t been pampered, but it also hadn’t been abused.

    • 0 avatar
      volvo

      I have to agree and take back what I said above. The base model optioned as I would want (with vinyl seats) comes in at 40K+ USD on the build your MBZ site. Lots of other choices at that price. You actually cannot pick and choose safety options. If you selectively check the 360 degree camera view option (which I find very helpful in crowded urban areas) you are told you actually will need to get about $3000 of other options including navigation. I mean who needs navigation in the era of smartphones using google or waze?

    • 0 avatar
      conundrum

      MB Tex has been gentrified. It is now called Artico in official MB literature. Arti(ficial)co(w). My back sticks to the stuff on a hot day. Ewww.

      As for the styling of the A class, it’s more or less a copy of the Elantra GT, but as some Europeans have said, at least the Elantra has decent body shutlines.

  • avatar
    dusterdude

    Nice looking car. At that price point, would be worth at least “checking out” if you were in the market for that size sedan..

  • avatar
    W210Driver

    I like it as does my partner, who daily drives a CLA250.

    When I was in the Netherlands last year I saw the hatchback version in an Amsterdam Benz showroom, and these look great. I walked right in and even took a seat inside the new A. The interior looks sophisticated and feels incredibly upscale, better than the current C class if you ask me. MBUX looks promising, I could not interact with it since it was programmed to respond to Dutch, but the salesman did a quick demonstration in his native tongue and the system responded quickly and correctly. This is some impressive technology, and useful for once!

    Supposedly Canada gets the hatchback, but we are only getting the sedan. The hatchback looks great, and this means the sedan should too. By most accounts these are a great drive, even in FWD spec.

  • avatar
    65corvair

    188 HP, wow, it’s 3 more than my ’14 Accord!

    Selling cheap cars for a luxury brand isn’t a good idea. Packard did in the ’30’s. No more Packard.

  • avatar
    vehic1

    Without the oversized MB logo on the front end, and the blacked-out roof – it would be quite a staid design – but it looks better than the droopy-worn-bar-of-soap previous CLA, at least.

  • avatar
    HotPotato

    I’d prefer a little more Benz and a little less Kia in the styling, but it’s not bad outside, and pretty good inside. Pricing seems competitive-ish, though it’s absurd that blind spot monitoring isn’t standard: it’s the one safety nanny nobody will ever get annoyed with or wish they hadn’t gotten. If you PREFER a small car but have midsize dollars to spend, and if the thing drives like a real Benz (no word on that here), why not?

  • avatar
    jatz

    Out on the road today
    I saw a German pop can
    with a plastic star…

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