It’s no secret that most Americans never really liked hatchbacks, thus it’s no surprise that Mercedes-Benz won’t bring this variant of its new A-Class to the Land of the Free. U.S. buyers will, nevertheless, get the chance to sample the smallest member in Stuttgart’s stable in the form of the A-Class Sedan.
The C-Class’ smaller sibling costs about $9,000 less in entry-level A220 guise, with a $32,500 starting price with front-wheel drive, or $2,000 more if you want the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. Either way, the base A-Class Sedan is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four churning out 188 HP and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque.
As is often the case with cars from premium manufacturers, it’s very likely you won’t be satisfied by the base grade. So, getting a few optional extras is going to affect your budget to the point where you might end up paying almost new E-Class money on a well-specced variant. For example, RoadShow’s test car came with many features at a rather scary price tag of just a little under $50,000; by comparison, the E-Class, which sits a whole two segments higher, starts at $53,500.
On a more positive note, the new A-Class Sedan looks quite good and has a great interior build quality. It’s also more spacious than the CLA, with which it shares its underpinnings, offering more headroom. The MBUX infotainment system gives it extra points according to the reviewer, who appreciated the levels of customization of the two screens and the multitude of ways that driver can interact with it.
Therefore, if you can look beyond the price tag, you’ll see a very good car with only a few letdowns. For the rest of the review, you’ll have to scroll down to the video.