2019 Mercedes-Benz A Class vs. Its Competition

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class aims squarely for practical buyers who want a taste of German luxury.

By comparison, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class trades some interior space for a more coupe-like design.

The BMW 2-Series takes a sporty approach to the segment and is only available with two doors.

Audi's A3 offers more body styles and alternative powertrains, and appeals for its balance of luxury and sportiness.

The Acura ILX has improved but has a pedestrian engine.

In high-spec trim the Volkswagen Jetta may not be much less expensive than the base model A-Class, either.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 20182019 Mercedes-Benz A ClassGet Your Price2019 Acura ILX2019 Acura ILXGet Your Price2019 Audi A3 Sedan Premium 40 TFSI Angular Front Exterior View2019 Audi A3 Sedan
2019 BMW 2-Series2019 BMW 2-SeriesGet Your Price2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA ClassGet Your Price2019 Volkswagen Jetta2019 Volkswagen JettaGet Your Price
Quick Specs
6.4
Mercedes takes a second aim at an entry-level sedan with the A-Class, and this time hits closer to the mark.
4.7
The 2019 Acura ILX delivers some luxury car goods, but we’d spend our money on a loaded-up Honda Civic instead.
6.2
The 2019 2-Series coupe or convertible is proof that the formula BMW helped create still works.
5.8
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a compact luxury car with finesse. Its low price is justified in its small footprint and interior, but it still looks great.
5.8
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a mild-mannered, well-equipped compact sedan.
MSRP From     
$32,500$25,900$32,500$35,300$33,100$18,745
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
A 220 SedanSedanPremium 40 TFSI230i CoupeCLA 250 CoupeS Manual w/SULEV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanCoupeSedanSedan
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2019 Mercedes-Benz A Class vs. 2019 Acura ILX2019 Mercedes-Benz A Class vs. 2019 Audi A3 Sedan2019 Mercedes-Benz A Class vs. 2019 BMW 2-Series2019 Mercedes-Benz A Class vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class2019 Mercedes-Benz A Class vs. 2019 Volkswagen Jetta