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

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Another really cool feature is Route-based Speed Adaptation, which works with the car’s navi to slow the vehicle ahead of curves and traffic circles and resume the posted speed limit afterwards, although I didn’t have that many opportunities to experience it.

Of course, it’s important to recognize that – no matter what any automaker tells you – self-driving cars aren’t a thing yet.  The best way to avoid an accident is to remain alert and be aware of your surroundings, regardless of the tech the car has to offer.  Still, features such as Mercedes’ driver-assistance suite add an additional layer of safety to the process.

BOTTOM LINE

Driving the 2020 A 220 brought to mind how advanced I felt the design of my 1982 BMW 320i was.  The then entry-level model for BMW was a break from the older design paradigms the Bavarians had followed, had extremely clean lines, the latest, for that time, in tech including a digital clock, and superb handling.

The combination of great design and solid, well though out technology doesn’t give you everything that the flagship S-Class sedan does – but it does come damn close for $34,000.

THE DETAILS

2020 Mercedes-Benz A 220 4Matic
Base price/price-as-tested $34,800/$43,745
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 2.0-liter inline four
Horsepower/Torque 188 / 221
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Curb weight (lbs) 3,395
Wheelbase (inches) 107.4
Length x width x height (inches) 179.1 x 70.7 x 56.9
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 6.5
Fuel economy(mpg) (city/hwy) 24/34

 

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

 

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