2021 Mercedes-benz A-class Expert Review

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At relatively accessible pricing, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class may well be the gateway to luxury-car ownership and the beginning of a beautiful brand loyalty for younger buyers. Yet it could just as easily be a smart choice for any members of the Mercedes-Benz faithful looking to downsize (or purchase a second or third vehicle) without sacrificing quality, driving manners, and cool technology.

From the exterior design to the optional active safety features, all the right ingredients are in the A-Class to make it a bona-fide Benz. This includes the latest generation of infotainment system that’s being phased in to bigger and more expensive 3-pointed-star cars. Called MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User eXperience), it has a digital assistant (like the iPhone’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa) that’s summoned by saying, “Hey, Mercedes.”

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It understands natural speech and will respond to things like “I’m cold” and “I’m hungry” or “where’s the nearest Starbucks?” Admittedly, it might also chime in with “how can I help you?” if the word “Mercedes” comes up in conversation, but that’s still a reminder of how far infotainment systems have come.

Driving the 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

To the surprise of no one, the 2021 A-Class has superb driving dynamics. The setup is composed, well-mannered and fun, whether deploying front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive in the 4Matic version.

The fully-independent suspension is tuned like a typical European sports sedan — taut, but not punishingly so. The steering is direct; turning into a corner is crisp and precise. If anything, we’d prefer regular tires to the standard run-flats for better ride quality and response.

Power from the turbocharged engine is sufficient to make the A 220 feel nimble and responsive. The 221 lb-ft of torque is the crucial factor here, kicking in at low engine speeds for some punch off the line. A 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission provides well-timed and almost imperceptible shifts, while a sequential manual-shift mode is available whenever the driver is in a sportier frame of mind.

The A 35 is a gentle introduction to what the AMG division is all about, enhancing power and suspension settings in pursuit of thrills, while adding more standard equipment.

Source: www.kbb.com

 

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