With the 2019 A220 Sedan, part of its A-Class family, Mercedes allows buyers to enjoy the look and feel of a luxury vehicle without breaking the bank. The car, which features an MBUX user interface, offers a next-generation infotainment system, comparable to that of a larger luxury car so you can compete with the big boys while climbing the social ladder.
The A220, starting at $32,500, is the first vehicle to include the MBUX system, which allows drivers to voice-activate almost anything in the dashboard using natural language. If the car is too hot, just ask it to lower the temperature. If you’re looking for a well-reviewed restaurant on your road trip, let the system know. The in-car voice assistant is possible thanks to Nuance's Dragon Drive speech technology, which can understand individual preferences, personalize entertainment and execute complex commands.
The A220 also features three additional input methods in case you don’t feel like chatting it up with your car. There is a standard touchscreen located in a 10.25-inch display, a trackpad in the center console and a smaller trackpad on the steering wheel. In addition, the AR display feature shows a camera view of upcoming turns that includes arrows and the name of the road above.
The car driver's assistance system includes adaptive cruise control that displays transitions during merges and cut-ins, reads signs and slows down automatically in accordance with the legal speed limit. In addition, the Lane-keep assist keeps the vehicle centered. The A220 has a 2.0-liter inline-four engine, with 188 horsepower and 221 foot-pounds of torque, which may seem underwhelming, but affords enough power to effectively pass cars, navigate on-ramps and drive through mountain areas. Mercedes also offers an all-wheel-drive 4Matic version of the car for a $2,000 upgrade.
The sedan’s interior features the same design elements found in upper-class vehicles, as well as lighting accents that can be customized with 65 different colors. And for $310 more, you can have color-changing air vents that go from red to blue when you lower the temperature. As for fuel economy, the Mercedes A 220 delivers an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined.