Review and Test Drive: 2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

By Jonathan Spira on 17 June 2020
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2020 Mercedes A 220 4Matic Sedan

The inventor of the automobile has reinvented, well, the automobile.  More specifically, Mercedes-Benz has rethought what constitutes an entry-level vehicle and has come up with the rather impressive 2020 A 220 Sedan.

Luxury automakers view entry-level vehicles as a means of getting a car buyer into the brand with what is typically the smallest and least expensive vehicle it offers.  In the case of the Stuttgarters, this would be the A-Klasse, or, in English, the A-Class.  The issue with most entry-level vehicles is that they are compromises, if not a symbol of badge-engineered mediocrity (witness the short-lived Cadillac Cimarron). Yes, the A-Class is the smallest Mercedes sold in the United States and yes, it’s the least expensive.  But instead of being a compromise, it’s a microcosm of that all that the world’s first automaker has to offer.

If you aren’t terribly familiar with the A-Class, it’s understandable.  While Mercedes first introduced the range in 1997, it only made it to North America with the all-new 2019 model, which went into 2020 unchanged.

Mercedes offers the A-Class in three versions, the standard A 220, the A 220 4Matic, and the AMG A 35 4Matic, all in sedan guise.  All feature the so-called “Predator” face, a sharp headlight arrangement flanking a reversed grille, a look also on the higher-end CLS-Class.  At the time the car was launched, Mercedes said that this unique design would be “dedicated to our most progressive cars.”

INSIDE THE 2020 MERCEDES-BENZ A 220

Open the driver’s door and step inside.  The panoramic sunroof fills the cabin with natural light.  If that doesn’t satisfy you, 64-color ambient cabin lighting is available, too.   Is this an S-Class? No but Mercedes brings numerous touches of its flagship sedan into the A.

But what first catches your eye is the massive LCD display that runs along the cowl.  It’s actually dual 10.25” digital displays, in the case of our aptly named Digital White A 220 (two 7” displays are standard).  While I tend to be a purist and like an instrument cluster that has a physical needle to point to the speed, I was immediately ready to surrender those feelings and never look back.

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