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

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At the same time, you notice something about the circular air vents.  It isn’t just their LED surrounds, which is way cool, but also that it’s so easy to adjust, open, and close them that you have to wonder what other manufacturers are thinking of when they design theirs.

The seats are what one would expect to find in a fine German automobile, but they aren’t leather: they are MB-Tex.  Mercedes has made an art of artificial leather, also known as vinyl, since the 1960s.

While one is tempted to call this a “baby Benz” [a term Mercedes purists might reserve for the 1982 190 (W201)] – and it is small – it’s nonetheless large enough to comfortably seat four adults.  It’s downright spacious up front and still quite decent in the back.  The only time you might realize it’s truly a small car is when you try to pack a few suitcases into the trunk:  it has just 9 cubic feet (255 liters) of space back there, but the rear seat will fold down in a 40/20/40 configuration, based on your immediate requirements.

Just like big German sedans, you can open the trunk by making a kicking motion under the rear bumper.

Base models also come with an eight-speaker sound system, five USB-C ports, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. A larger 10.25-inch touchscreen is offered as part of the available Premium package. The range of optional equipment also includes SiriusXM satellite radio and a Burmester stereo.


Before getting underway, let’s look at the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which Mercedes shorthands as MBUX (“UX” is a common abbreviation for “user experience”). If you know how to use a smartphone, you already know how to use almost everything in the vehicle.  Plugging in my Apple iPhone 11 Pro launched Apple CarPlay.

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