Throughout its 20-plus year history, Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class has been the company’s smallest and cheapest car that didn’t live up to the luxury standards that Mercedes has been known for.
But with the debut of the four-generation version of the A-Class, Mercedes has given the vehicle a complete makeover inside and out.
The outside of the vehicle looks likes it’s cross between the front half of a C-Class sedan with a hatchback. The exterior styling of the A-Class is a mix of sporty and aggressive lines.
The interior of the vehicle is a bit of a different story, it feels like a more luxurious vehicle with metal accents, premium materials and leather seats.
One thing I didn’t like was that since the seats in the vehicle had more racing seat vibes to them, the rear seat headrests don’t flip down. This makes it a bit of pain when folding down the rear seats, you have to make sure the front seats are moved up enough to make room for the non-folding rear seat headrests.
The cargo space in the trunk is good but on the small side, you gain more space by folding the rear seats.
The A-Class Hatch comes with a 2.0L Turbo I4 engine and 7G-DCT Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission. There are two screens in the A-Class, one 7-inch Digital Instrument Cluster and one 7-inch Media Touchscreen Display for MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience).
To control information on the screens, you can use the respective touchpads on the steering wheel. The left side touchpad will control the driver display and the right side one controls the MBUX display.
Both the driver display and MBUX touch display can be optioned to 10.25-inch screen sizes. Throughout the interior of the vehicle, there are USB-C ports which is great to see in new vehicles these days.
The MBUX display has a touchscreen and can be controlled using the trackpad in the middle of the center control.
The A-Class I tested came with the Burmester Surround Sound speaker system which has 12 speakers that produce 590 Watts, the speakers sounded great and could get fairly loud.
The 2019 A250 comes with a few tech and safety features. One is the Active Brake Assist that comes standard on all models and will automatically brake your vehicle if the car in front of you suddenly does.
Blind Spot Assist is pretty self-explanatory and works well on the A-Class. There is also an Active Parking Assist that works similar to other systems where the car will automatically park for you when activated in a parking lot.
One of the coolest features that Mercedes is touting in the new A-Class is the augmented reality features. It works similar to the AR mode in Google Maps and will actually use the front camera on the car and project turn-by-turn directions as you’re driving.
When you are navigating with MBUX and there’s a turn coming up, the screen will show the AR view and the maps on the other half.
The 2019 A250 4Matic Hatch starts at $37,990 CAD but the press vehicle I tested came equipped with the following packages:
- Navigation Package – $1,000 CAD
- HDD Navigation
- Live Traffic
- Traffic Sign Assist
- Augmented Reality
- Technology Package – $1,600 CAD
- MULTIBEAM LED headlamps
- Adaptive Highbeam Assist
- Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC
- Night Package – $2,000 CAD
- AMG body styling
- Chrome diamond-block grille
- Gloss Black exterior accents
- 18-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke wheels, bicolour
- Sport Brake System
- Sport front seats
- Sport Nappa leather steering wheel
- Aluminum shift paddles
- AMG floor mats
- AMG aluminum sport pedals
- Premium Package – $2,950 CAD
- 10.25-inch touchscreen centre media display
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster display
- LINGUATRONIC voice control with Natural Language Understanding
- “Hey, Mercedes’ keyword activation
- Blind Spot Assist
- Vehicle Exit Warning
- Auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors
- Power-folding side mirrors
- 64-colour LED ambient lighting with illuminated vents
- Inductive wireless charging with NFC pairing
- Apple CarPlay
- Android Auto
- 360 Camera – $650 CAD
- Burmester Surround Sound System – $700 CAD
- Active Parking Assist – $900 CAD
- Heated Steering Wheel – $250 CAD
- Power Adjustable Passenger Seat – $450 CAD
The total value was $48,490 CAD.
Software & Connectivity
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the first vehicle to come with the company’s new MBUX infotainment system.
The interface is divided up into a few sections such as Phone, Navigation, Media, Radio, Comfort, Info, Mercedes Me & Apps and Settings. Navigating the UI is fairly easy by using the main touchpad or the touchscreen.
The maps in MBUX are very crisp with lots of detail and work well with the new augmented reality feature mentioned earlier. For voice control, MBUX uses “Hey Mercedes” voice commands where you can control different functions of the vehicle and asks questions.
The latter only works once you’ve paired your vehicle with a Mercedes Me account and smartphone app, both of which I wasn’t able to test out. Once you do that, you can ask a similar question to what you would ask your Google Home or phone’s voice assistant.
The “Hey Mercedes” voice commands understand natural language and work well with quick responses within a few seconds.
Mercedes’ MBUX system also includes support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which work well and the company does include a USB-C to USB-A adapter to connect your phone. Or you can use a USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to Lightning cable to connect your phone directly using the USB-C port.
Overall the 2019 A-Class is a great compliment to the company’s lineup and the perfect way to get a Mercedes with all the tech but without the hefty price tag.
- MBUX is easy to use and can be controlled using a touchscreen or touchpad
- Hey Mercedes voice commands work well and are quick
- Maps are crips and easy to read
- Driver assistant tech works well
- Augmented reality feature comes in handy
- Comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- High-quality interior
- Slightly rough ride even on comfort setting
- Cramped back seat and trunk space